England Academy Wins First Test

AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS RUGBY LEAGUE – FIRST INTERNATIONAL

V ENGLAND ACADEMY

Leigh Centurions Stadium, Leigh – Saturday, 4 December 2010

Result

England Academy 38 (S Powell 2, R King, J Thompson, D Bridge, M Sarsfield tries; G O’Brien 7 goals) defeated Australian Secondary Schools 30 (T Jennings, J Wighton, C Redman, V Tia Kilifi, P Carter tries; A Gadd 5 goals)

Half-time score: Australia 12, England 12.

Penalties: England Academy 21, Australia 7

Completions: Australia 22/35: England 22/34

Referee: Steve Ganson (England)

The Australians kicked off in below zero conditions and with light rain falling. Two consecutive penalties to England saw them marched down field, resulting in a converted try in the corner after 2 minutes. During the next 20 minutes England dominated possession through a string of penalties, 8-1 after 17 minutes. The sin binning of Chad Redman in the 16th minute for raking the ball out in a tackle put the Australians under further pressure. However, in the 26th minute Trent Jennings with good footwork scored in the corner converted by Anthony Gadd to even the score at 6-6. By the 38th minute both teams had scored converted tries to go to the break at 12-12. Just before the break David Klemmer was also sin binned for back chatting the referee.

Australia began the second half with two quick converted tries to Chad Redman and Jack Wighton to lead 24-12. In the 17th minute, the England half swooped on a dropped ball to score beside the posts. Australia then jumped to a 12 point lead in the 24th minute, when Paul Carter scored under the posts after a great pass from Harry Siejka, score 30-18. In the next few minutes Australia conceded two tries to take the score line to Australia 30-28. Then a penalty to England and a further 10 metres for back chatting, presented the opportunity for England to level the scores 30-30 with 5 minutes left on the clock. Loose ball on the Australian line after a kick through saw England take advantage and score a converted try to take the lead 36-30. Successive penalties led to an England penalty goal, taking the final score line to England 38 Australia 30.

Official Player of the Match was England No 13 James Laithwaite. Australia’s Player’s Player was No 11 Lachlan Burr.

The second International match is scheduled for 7.30pm Friday, 10 December 2010, venue currently down for The Jungle, Castleford but subject to review depending on the snow and freezing weather conditions over the next few days. Leigh Centurions Stadium is on standby as the alternate venue.

 

 




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