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Australian Schools defeated in first Test against Wales on Grand Slam Tour

  
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11/29/2013
By ARU Media Unit


The first Test of the Australian Schoolboys Grand Slam Tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland tour had finally arrived with the match against Wales Under 18s at “The Gnoll”, Neath Rugby Club.

Both teams sang their National Anthem with the usual passion and pride and took the field with much anticipation.

The early exchanges were shared, with both teams willing to throw the ball about. The first try to Wales came against the run of play.

Following several phases of play in mid field the Australian backs moved the ball wide but the Welsh outside centre, Garyn Smith, chanced his arm in the 20th minute to intercept a pass and race 50 meters to score under the posts.

Luke Price converted the try for a 7-0 lead to Wales against the run of play. From the restart, play was physical and fast from both teams. Australia and Wales had several opportunities to score but defense was strong from both teams.

Jack McCalman and Lolo Fakaosilea affected two inspirational turnovers at the breakdown in succession to lift the Australian Boys.

In the 32nd minute, the Welsh had gained strong field position and from the back of a scrum 15 meters out, mauled the ball forward towards the try line. The Australian defense was holding firm but the referee awarded a penalty try under the posts to the hosts.

Wales quickly raced to a 14-0 lead with the try converted again by Luke Price.  Half time Wales 14, Australian Schools 0.

The second half started much like the first, with both teams throwing everything in to try and gain ascendancy. Wales were threatening early and scored again in the 45th minute when left winger, Josh Adams beat a tackle to score out wide to take the score to Wales 19, Australian Schools 0 after the conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

The Australian Boys were not willing to throw in the towel and after some strong lead up work in the forwards, inspirational captain Jack McCalman scored to get Australian Schools on the board. Fly Half, Andrew Deegan added the extras.

From the restart, Australian Schools got into rhythm quickly, playing with plenty of confidence. In the 57th minute following several quality phases of play, Lolo Fakaosilea broke a tackle and crossed out wide.

Unfortunately, the conversion attempt drifted wide but the match was reaching an exciting conclusion with a score difference of 5 points. The crowd became very involved as both teams continued to play in an exciting fashion, but it was Wales who had the final say with smart inside center, Tyler Morgan busting threw an attempted tackle to race away to score under the posts in the 66th minute to seal the match for the hosts.

Luke Price added the extras and the final score was to stay with Wales Under 18s 26 defeating Australian Schools 12. 

Final score - Australian Schools  v Wales U18s - Neath Rugby Club

Wales U18s, 26 (tries to Garyn Smith, Tyler Morgan, Josh Adams and 1 penalty try, 3 conversions to Luke Price) defeated Australian Schools, 12 (Tries to Jack McCalman and Lolo Fakaosilea, conversion to Andrew Deegan)

 

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS RUGBY TEAM v WALES UNDER 18 WEDNESDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2013                              

1

Matthew

Sandell

St. Joseph’s College, NSW

2

Alex

Mafi

St. Joseph’s Nudgee College, QLD

3

Vunipola

Fafita

Newington College, NSW

4

Ned

Hannigan

St. Joseph’s College, NSW

5

Joshua

Anderson

Oakhill College, NSW

6

Lolo

Fakaosilea

St. Patrick’s College, QLD

7

Jack

McCalman (c)

The King’s School, NSW

8

Rohboni

Warren-Vosayaco

Endeavour Sports HS, NSW

9

James

Tuttle

St. Joseph’s Nudgee College, QLD

10

Andrew

Deegan

St. Joseph’s College, NSW

11

Adrian

Henley

Trinity Anglican School, Cairns, QLD

12

Tepai

Moeroa

Newington College, NSW

13

Henry

Hutchison

St. Ignatius’ College, NSW

14

James

Todd

Ipswich Grammar School, QLD

15

Taane

Milne

Newington College

16

Evander

Guttenbeil

The Southport School, QLD

17

Connal

McInerney

Erindale College, ACT

18

Fereti

Sa’aga

Thornbury HS, VIC

19

Lachlan

Cannell

Newington College, NSW

20

Douglas

MacMillan

Anglican Church Grammar School, QLD

21

Maclean

Jones

St. Joseph’s Nudgee College, QLD

22

Mitchell

Short

The Scot’s College, NSW

23

Mitchell

Third

The Southport School, QLD

 

MATCH SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

Date

Opponent

Location

Kick off (local time)

Result

22 November

Wales A

Neath, Wales

1530

Australian Schoolboys 15-18 Wales A

27 November 

Wales

Neath, Wales

1915

Australian Schoolboys 12-26 Wales

1 December

Ospreys

Bridgend, Wales

1230

 Australian Schoolboys 31-7 Ospreys

4 December

England

Middlesex, England

1300

 

8 December   

Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

1430

 

11 December 

Leinster

Donnybrook, Ireland

1900

 

14 December 

Ireland

Belfast, Ireland

1430

 

17 December

Munster

Limerick, Ireland

1700

 

 

 

 

 

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