Schoolboys Win First Test 40 -20

Corporate Sports Australian Schoolboys Tour of New Zealand 2007
First Test
Mount Smart Stadium #2, Auckland, Saturday 29 September

Australian Schoolboys 40 (Tries: Jeremy Papamau, Kevin Proctor, Kieran Foran, Andrew McCullough, Jarrod Croker, Ryan Williamson, Daniel  Mortimer   Goals: Ben Hunt 4, Ryan Stig 2) defeated New Zealand 18s  20

A  very disciplined display by the Corporate Sports Australian Schoolboys saw them victorious in the First Test Match against the
New Zealand 18s at Mount Smart Stadium. The final scoreline was 40 points to 20.

Australia scored first after a great lead up resulted in a try to Jeremy Papamau which was then converted by Ben Hunt. New Zealand scored next in the 8th minute to even the scores at 6-6. The tough and uncompromising footy continued until a fantastic offload by John Mannah led to a try for Kevin Proctor. This was quickly followed by a try to Kieran Foran and Australia then led 16-6. However an error just on halftime saw the Kiwis score a converted try. At halftime it was 16-12 in favour of Australia.

Unfortunately the second half started badly for the Australians with the Kiwis scoring in the third minute to level the scores at 16-16. After a series of well constructed breaks Australia again scored through Andrew McCullough in the 51st minute. This try was also converted by Ryan Stig. In the 55th minute the Kiwis again mounted an attack resulting in an unconverted try and the score moved to 22-20. Australia then stormed back with tries in the 60th minute to Jarrod Croker, the 64th minute to Ryan Williamson and in the 69th minute to Daniel Mortimer. All three of these tries were successfully converted by Ben Hunt. Australia ran out winners 40 -20.

The New Zealand national selectors selected Kieran Foran as the Man of the Match for the Australian side.

The Second Test will be played in Rotorua on Saturday 6 October.


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