The Australian Under 20s have won four matches in a row for 2014, setting up the perfect platform for the IRB Junior World Championship with a 59-22 victory over the Australian Barbarians at Chatswood Oval on Tuesday night.
Under 20s Head Coach Adrian Thompson was satisfied with his sides performance.
“It’s excellent that we have had an undefeated run into the IRB Junior World Championship with the win against the Australian Barbarians tonight.
“I was impressed with the depth of the entire squad throughout the four matches and it was particularly evident tonight.
“The hard work is only beginning with another day in camp, before we depart for Auckland to compete in the tournament and I know every player is eagerly awaiting the challenge.”
The Under 20s started perfectly with Ross Haylett-Petty finishing a well-executed play to cross for a try right next to the posts which Flyhalf David Horwitz easily converted to take the score to 7-0 in the opening moments of the match.
It was not long before the Barbarians looked to counter as moments later new NSW Waratahs player, Taqele Naiyaravoro, crossed in the corner to score the opening try for the visiting side.
A quick response from the Under 20s saw some coast to coast Rugby with the Under 20s scoring through Hooker David Vea after some excellent running by the Backs that allowed the Under 20s to get well within the defensive 22 of the Barbarians.
Ross Haylett-Petty continued his excellent form running on to the ball to collect his second try of the match taking the score to 19-5.
A try to the Under 20s Vice-Captain Lalakai Foketi gave the Under 20s a lead of 26-5. The Australian Barbarians were committed to making a real contest out of the match scoring moments later through a well-executed passage of play in which substitute Maguie Tatola touched the ball down to score.
The second half continued to go the way of the Under 20s highlighting a performance fitting of a team that has developed into a well organised and highly motivated outfit.
Tries to Jim Stewart, Angus Pulver, Lolo Fakosailea ensured that the Under 20s achieved a comfortable lead in the second half.
The crowd that gathered at Chatswood Oval to farewell the Under 20s side before they depart for Auckland were enthralled with the creative way the Australian Barbarians played. Scoring two late runaway tries through James Cunningham and David Feltscheer.
Two tries from former Australian schoolboy, Andrew Kellaway killed off any late Barbarians charge and the Under 20s finished comfortable winners with the final score of 59-22.
An injury to young utility back Jonny Vaux was the only dampener in what was an excellent performance by the Under 20s side.
The Under 20s depart for New Zealand for the IRB Junior World Championship on Thursday 29 May.
Australian National Under 20s IRB Junior World Championship Schedule:
ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe
QBE Stadium Auckland
ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe