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By ARU Media Unit
Day 1 of the Under 16 National Rugby Championship has wrapped up at St Ignatius College in Riverview today with the eight teams from Division 1 going head to head for the first four games of the tournament.
The day kicked off with a compelling opening match between the two NSW teams. The NSW Schools side made a convincing start with a 26 to nil lead at half time against NSW Country. The Schools side secured the win with Outside Centre, Henry Hutchinson scoring three out of their nine tries.
Game 2 saw the Sydney Juniors beat Victoria, 4 tries to 2. Despite being down by just five points at half time the Victorian team were unsuccessful in closing the gap any further before full-time against the triumphant Sydney Juniors.
Last year’s tournament Champions, Queensland Red had a promising victory against a determined Brumbies outfit. Eager to take home the Division 1 Title for a second year running, the Queensland side crossed the line for a total of six tries in their first match of the tournament.
The opening day finished with a close encounter between the Queensland White and Western Australia teams, with the Queensland side just a point ahead at half time. They went on to defeat Western Australia by just two points at the final siren.
The National residential tournament is conducted annually by the Australian Rugby Union for Under-16 National, State or Territory representative teams.
The tournament is an important element of the Player Pathway at National, Provincial, Regional and Affiliate level to provide an effective platform for identifying up and coming talent.
Day two of the U16 Championship tomorrow promises continued action with Division 1 and 2 matches as the four Division 2 teams join the competition.
The four-day tournament held at St Ignatius College in Riverview continues on Thursday, following a rest day on Wednesday, before the finals this Friday 5 October.
Entry to the Championship is free and supporters are encouraged to attend.
Full results from Day 1 and the draws for the next three days of the competition are detailed below.
Division 1 - Pool A
Division 1 – Pool B
Match Day 1 Results – Monday, 1st October
NSW Schools 55 defeated NSW Country 0
Division 1 – Game 1
Sydney Juniors 24 defeated Victoria 14
Division 1 – Game 2
QLD Red 38 v Brumbies 12
Division 1 – Game 3
QLD White 13 defeated Western Australia 11
Division 1 – Game 4
Match Day 2 Draw – Tuesday 2nd October
Tasmania v South Australia
Division 2 – Game 5
Sydney Juniors v Brumbies
Division 1 – Game 6
National Indigenous v Northern Territory
Division 2 – Game 7
QLD White v NSW Country
Division 1 – Game 8
QLD Red v Victoria
Division 1 – Game 9
NSW Schools v Western Australia
Division 1 – Game 10
Lay Day – Wednesday 3rd October
Match Day 3 Draw – Thursday 4th October
Victoria v Brumbies
Division 1 – Game 11
Tasmania v National Indigenous
Division 2 – Game 12
Western Australia v NSW Country
Division 1 – Game 13
QLD Red v Sydney Juniors
Division 1 – Game 14
Northern Territory v South Australia
Division 2 – Game 15
NSW Schools v QLD White
Division 1 – Game 16
Match Day 4 Draw – Friday 5th October
Northern Territory v Tasmania
Division 2 – Game 17
Pool A (4th) v Pool B (4th)
Division 1 – Game 18
Pool A (2nd) v Pool B (2nd)
Division 2 – Game 19
South Australia v National Indigenous
Division 2 – Game 20
Pool A (3rd) v Pool B (3rd)
Division 1 – Game 21
Pool A (1st) v Pool B (1st) – Div 1 Final
Division 1 – Game 22
Rod Macqueen Shield (RMq) = Winner of the Division 1 Final
Nick Farr-Jones Shield (NFJ) = Winner of Division 1 Plate Final (5th/6th playoff)
John Eales Shield (JE) = Winner of the Division 2