Australian Schoolboys defeat England Academy in Second Test

The Australian Schoolboys defeated the England Academy by 40 points to 14 in the Second Test at Wynnum on Saturday 11th August, to win the two Test series 2-0.

The Austalian Schoolboys Rugby League Team clinched the 2012 Series against the England Academy at Wynnum- Manly after winning the second international 40-14.

This followed the 41-10 win by the Australians in the first International at Canberra Stadium the previous Sunday. The Australians proved superior in all departments in what was a tough Series throughout.

England opened the scoring in the 10th minute when winger James Saltonstall (Warrington) collected a deft chip kick from John Bateman (Bradford) to score a converted try in the corner. England 6 – 0.

Some 5 minutes later a strong surge up field saw the Australians open their scoring with a converted try to Pauli Pauli (Patrician College, Blacktown). Australia then took the lead with front rower Matthew Lodge (Terra Sancta, Penrith) barrelled his way over from 10 metres out.

In the 27th minute, Australian Half, Luke Brooks (Holy Cross, Ryde) kicked a 40/20 to put his side on the attack, but to their credit the England side held out in the next set.

Emulating the England first try, Australian five-eight Mitchell Moses (Holy Cross, Ryde) put a perfectly weighted kick through for winger Jack Goodsell (Palm Beach Currumbin State High) to score the first of a double. Australia 18-6.

With minutes remaining in the half, lock Chad McGill (Patrician College, Blacktown)

crashed through the defence after receiving an inside ball to give the home team a 24-6 half-time advantage. Right on half time, Australia received a penalty on half way and centre field. Prolific goal kicker, Clint Gutherson (Freshwater High) had a shot at penalty goal, which deflected away off the left upright.

The second half was 10 minutes in before left winger Goodsell crossed for his second converted try capitalising on some loose England defence, Australia 30-6.

England looked to have scored again through Saltonstall but was disallowed for a forward pass. Two minutes later Kelepi Tanginoa (Westfields Sports High) made a strong burst and offloaded to support Dylan Walker (Matraville Sports High) and Gutherson missed his only kick of the game, Australia 34-6.

England centre Luke Briscoe (Leeds) gave his side some hope when he crossed for the first of two tries after he received a basketball type pass from half Williams (Wigan), converted by Mark Percival (St Helens).

With 5 minutes remaining, Australian full-back Alex Johnston scored a brilliant solo try after fielding a high bomb on his own 20 metre line, side stepped the first line of defence and found himself in the clear to sprint 75 metres untouched and cross in the corner, converted by Gutherson. Australia 40-10.

England Centre Briscoe completed the scoring just on the bell, regathering a chip kick to score wide out. Full time Australia 40-14.

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS 40 ( Tries; Jack Goodsell 2 (Keebra Park State High), Pauli Pauli (Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown), Matthew Lodge (Terra Sancta College, Quakers Hill), Chad McGill (Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown), Dylan Walker (Matraville Sports High), Alex Johnston (Endeavour Sports High)Goals; Clint Gutherson 6 (Freshwater High) )

defeated England Academy 14 (Tries; Luke Briscoe 2, James Saltenstall: Goal; Mark Percival)


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