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The Gullivers Sports Travel Australian Schoolboys have launched their 2013 Macquarie Bank Schools Rugby Tri-Nations Series with a dominant 31-7 victory over Fijian Schools played in front of over 2000 delighted Rugby fans at Knox Grammar School in Sydney on Tuesday.
The result was even more impressive after the opening match which saw the Fijian Schools XV steal a shock 22-20 victory over New Zealand Schools at St Mary’s Leagues Stadium in western Sydney last Friday.
The young Australians crossed for five tries with St Josephs College flyhalf Andrew Deegan crossing for a double and landing three conversions.
The other tryscorers for Australia were Oakhill College lock Joshua Anderson, Scot’s College fullback (and vice-captain) Andrew Kellaway and Endeavour Sports High School backrower Rohboni Warren-Vosayaco.
Australia A were less successful in their first match falling 36-0 to New Zealand Schools in the early match, with the young Kiwis clearly stung by their surprise loss to Fiji last week.
The Series continues at Knox this Saturday 5 October with Australia A against Fiji, followed by the highly anticipated final match between Australia and New Zealand.
Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Schools Rugby Union, Andrew Elliot said this year’s Series has already delivered some thrilling Rugby.
“The Fijian win over New Zealand last Friday evening has put everyone on notice. These are going to be very competitive and exciting Schoolboy internationals,” Mr Elliot said.
“We are going to see the best forty-six Australian Schoolboys representing their country, many for the first time, which is always special for both the players and their families.”
Members of the public are encouraged to support the Australian Schools teams during their Series campaign at Knox Grammar School. Entry is $5 for adults, with all proceeds going towards the Australian Schools Rugby Union.
This Saturday October 5th sees Australia A take on Fiji Schools at 3pm with the heavyweight clash between Gullivers Sports Travel Australian Schoolboys and New Zealand Schools kicking off at 5pm.
Results to date in the 2013 Macquarie Bank Schools Rugby Tri-Nations Series are below. Along with the Australian Schoolboys and Australia A teams for Tuesday’s matches.
MACQUARIE BANK SCHOOLS RUGBY TRINATIONS SERIES 2013
MATCH 1: FIJI 22 (S Boletawa, R Laganikoro, S Nakailagi, L Nawai tries; M. Nakolilevu con) defeated New Zealand 20 (M. Karpik try; B. Garland try, 2 con, pen) at St Marys RL Stadium. CROWD: 1200
MATCH 2: NEW ZEALAND SCHOOLS 36 (S Chonkit, I Tamaki, N Apa, M Karpik tries, D McKenzie 2 tries 3 con) Defeated AUSTRALIA A SCHOOLS 0
MATCH 3: AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS 31 (J Anderson, A Kellaway, Rohboni Warren-Vosayaco tries, A Deegan 2 tries 3 con) Defeated FIJIAN SCHOOLS 7 ( M Nakolilevu 1 try, 1 con) At Knox Grammar School. CROWD: 2000.
GULLIVERS SPORTS TRAVEL AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS VS FIJI
Thornbury High School, VIC
St. Joseph’s Nudgee College, QLD
Newington College, NSW
St. Joseph’s College, NSW
Oakhill College, NSW
The King’s School, NSW
Iona College, QLD
St. Patrick’s College, QLD
The Scot’s College, NSW
Trinity Anglican School, Cairns, QLD
St. Ignatius’ College, NSW
Barker College, NSW
The Southport School, QLD
Erindale College, ACT
Trinity Grammar School, NSW
Endeavour Sports HS, NSW
St. Peter’s Lutheran College, QLD
Toowoomba Grammar School, QLD
Dr Chris Thomas
Strength and Conditioning
AUSTRALIA A SCHOOLS TEAM VS NEW ZEALAND
St Ignatius College, NSW
Clarkson Sports High, WA
The Scots College, NSW
Anglican Church Grammar, QLD
St Joseph’s Nudgee College, QLD
The Shore School, NSW
St Edmund’s College, ACT
Melbourne Grammar, VIC
Brisbane Boys College, QLD
Waverley College, NSW
Craigieburn Secondary College, VIC
The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.