Australian Schoolboys Tour of Wales, England and France

Game 1: V Wales

Virginia Park, Caerphilly
Tuesday 23rd November 2010

AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY SCHOOL RUGBY LEAGUE 56 (H.Seijka 3, C.Redman 2, P.Carter 2, T.Moga, C. Grevsmuhl, J.Tedesco, J.Gagan tries, H.Seijka 4, A.Gadd goals) defeated Wales 4

Penalties: Wales 9,Australia 5

Completions: Australia 15/29, Wales 12/23

Scoring opened after five minutes when Wales received a penalty for a high shot, and a kick for the corner resulted in a try.Wales led 4-0.
Good ball movement from Australia led to a good try from Harry Seijka after seven minutes. His conversion made it 6-4.
Australia was then able to maintain control of possession for some time, and this led to a series of tries to Redman (12 minutes), Carter (16 minutes) and Seijka (22 minutes).Australia led 20-4 at half time.
The Australians enthusiasm and experience took its toll in the second half, and they were able to run in seven unanswered tries. Some of these were the product of clever ,skilful football, and augur well for future tour matches.


Game 2: V England Community Lions

Big Fella , Featherstone. UK- 7.30pm Friday, 26 November 2010

Result: Australian Secondary Schools 56 (David Nofoaluma 2, Trent Jennings 2, Michael Chee-Kam, Vaipuna Tia Kilifi, Tau Tau Moga, Iaian Riccardi, Henare Wells, Cgris Grevsmuhl, tries: Anthony Gadd 4, Harry Siejka 2, David Nofoaluma, goals) defeated England Community Lions 6.

Penalties: England Community Lions 9, Australia 4
Completions: Australia 20/32, England Community Lions 14/26.

The match conditions were very cold with outside temperature around 1c. A good Featherstone crowd witnessed a polished display from the Australians who improved immensely form the first match on tour. The first half of football saw the Aussies dominate possession, completing 13/18sets, to run in eight first half tries.

The highlight of the first period was a scintillating 90 metre try by centre Tau Tau Moga down the right flank, stepping and weaving and palming off numerous defenders.

With the match rules allowing the use of 20 players and unlimited interchange, Coach Brendan Barlow used the opportunity to give all players game tiome and press their claims for selection in the upcoming Internationals against the England Academy.

The man of the match award went to Australian No 3 Tau Tau Moga.

The Players Player award went to Australian No 5 David Nofoaluma, who had an outstanding match, continually breaking the line and proving very difficult for the opposition to tackle.

Game 3: Cancelled

Game 3 of the Australian Schoolboys 2010 European Tour has been deferred because of adverse weather conditions. The game against Great Britain Community Lions, was due to be played at Whitehaven Wednesday 31st November at 7.30pm GMT, but six inches of snow covering the ground make play impossible. It is unlikely that there will be a possibility for rescheduling this game. The ASSRL party are disappointed at this turn of events - the boys are having great fun in the snow, but are very keen to play football.

Game 4: International 1 – V England Academy

Venue: Leigh Centurions Stadium, Leigh – Saturday, 4 December 2010

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

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.

Game 5: International 2 – V England Academy

Venue: Leigh Sports Village on Friday 10 December. 

England Academy 34 defeated Australian Schoolboys 22 ( Henare Wells,Jacob Gagan, Paul Carter, Trent Jennings tries Harry Siejka 3 goals)

Half-time score: England 22-4

Penalties: England 7, Australia 2

Crowd: 1,080

The Australians started well when after 5 minutes a scrum win 20 metres from their own line saw half Harry Siejka break the line on the blind side and run 35 metres upfield when Hanare Wells backed up on the inside to score. Both half backs the kicked 40/20s but England capitalised with a converted try in their set to lead 6-4. England played aggressively and forced Australia to a line drop out. In the next play a dropped ball gifted England with another try to lead 10-4. England dominatred the next period prior to the break and scored two converted tries to lead 22-4 at half time.  

After the resumption constructive attack saw England centre Jordan Thompson score out wide to go to a 26-4 lead. In the 52nd minute Repeat sets to the Australians led to a converted try by winger Jacob Gagan, followed by another converted try in the 57th minute to captain Paul Carter to takt the scoreline to England 26-16. England centre Rhys Evans scored a good individual try, beating several defenders. Australia replied quickly with a strong run by Vaipuna Tia Kilifi to put centre Trent Jennings over near the corner for a converted try. A penalty 25metres out saw England capitalise to take the final scoreline to England 34- Australia 22.

Official Player of the Match was England No 4 Rhys Evans.

The England Player of the Series was No 6 Gareth O’Brien and the Australian Player of the Series was No 13 and Captain, Paul Carter.

Game 6: V France Under 18s

Venue: Villeneuve sur Lot, Monday, 13 December 2010

AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS 56 (j Wighton 2, G McCallum, T Moga, L Pickerd, J Tedesco, M Chee-Kam, I Riccardi, V Tia Kilifi, M Groat tries; A Gadd 7, J Tedesco goals) defeated France Under 18yrs 12

Half-time score: Australia 20-8

Penalties: France 12, Australia 4

Crowd: 1,050

The match opened in very cold conditions (-3c) before a good local crowd at the Stade de la Myre Mory. Australia knocked on from the kickoff but France soon returned the error with the cold making its presence already. The French referee looked as though he was going to emulate referees from previous tours when back rower Iain Riccardi strolled over for a good try only to be disallowed for a dropped ball over the line. Shortly thereafter the French led 2-0 after a penalty.

The Australian forwards then took control with some strong running from David Klemmer, Vaipuna Tia Kilifi and Matthew Groat. A one on one steal allowed Cameron Cullen to set Matthew Groat charging at the line to score a well deserved try to take the score to Australia 10-2. A clever chip over the top by the French five-eight allowed the French centre to gather and cross for a good try untouched. Shortly before half time Australian second rower, Vaipuna Tia Kilifi made a strong run to the line and scored with defenders hanging off him. Half time score Australia 26-8.         

The French began the second half strongly, but Australian power came to the fore again in the 41st minute when Tau Tau Moga made a strong break to put Michael Chee Kam under the posts for a try. In the next ten minutes the Australian forwards made ground with strong forward charges and good structured play. A series of tries ensued, scored by Jack Wighton, James Tedesco and Gerrard McCallum.

The French hooker created a clever try in the 55th minute of the game, with a deft pass to his winger. Iain Riccardi made up for his disallowed try at the start of the match to score the final try and take the scoreline to 56-12.   A highlight of the game was the goal kicking performance from Anthony Gadd, who converted 7 tries from 7 attempts, some from difficult angles. Official Player of the Match was Australia no. 9 Sam Irwin.


Game 7: V France Under 19s

Venue: Stade des Minimes, Toulouse. Thursday, 16 December 2010

AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS 46 (J Gagan 3, J Tedesco 2, T Jennings, J Wighton, V Tia Kilifi, P Carter, tries; H Siejka 5 goals) defeated France Under 19yrs 18

Half-time score: Australia 26-12

Penalties: Australia 7, France 5

Crowd: 527

France opened the scoring after six minutes by turning good field position into a well constructed try by their No 10. The conversion made the score 6-0. In the 9th minute good momentum from the forwards allowed room for the backs to create some clever plays to put Jacob Gagan over in the corner. Gagan went on to score the next two tries to complete his hat trick by the 19th minute, and to take Australia to a 14-6 lead. France hit back in the 25th minute with a fine display of skill to score a converted try and reduce the deficit to 14-12.

However, a mistake by France allowed Australia to pounce on an overlap down the short side to see James Tedesco cross in the corner. Paul Carter scored the last try of the first half in the 33rd minute when he handled twice in a movement after a Lachlan Burr break. Carter’s try was converted by Harry Siejka to give Australia a half time lead of 26-12.

A French knock on from the kick off allowed Australia to attack, and they used well structured play to pressure the French defence. Vaipuna Tia Kilifi ran an excellent line from a Jack Wighton pass to score under the posts. Harry Siejka’s conversion made the score 32-12. In the next eight minutes, a heavy tackle on Sam Irwin, which led to him being stretchered from the field, and a big hit by Jacob Gagan, heightened the physical intensity of the game.

A good try from France in the 52nd minute reduced the deficit to 32-18, however Australia hit back four minutes later with a Trent Jennings try following a Lachlan Burr break. Harry Siejka again converted for a 38-18 lead. Three minutes later, three good runs in a row allowed Jack Wighton room to throw a big dummy and score for a 42-18 lead.

James Tedesco completed the scoring in the 69th minute after Paul Carter made a break. Australia capitalised on superior numbers to the left, and Tedesco scored in the corner. The final score of 46-18 completed their victory.

The six match tour finished with Australia being victors in four of their six matches, and the team will return to Australia acknowledging the quality of the opposition they have encountered, which is testimony to the development work being undertaken in England, Wales and France.


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