First Test Report
In a very physical match the Australians played controlled wet-weather football to dominate the first half. Tries to props James Roumanos and Ky Rodwell and second rower David Fafita saw the Australians race to an early lead and reflected the style of football played in the difficult conditions. Aussie Co-Captain Zac Lomax converted all tries and was also successful with a penalty goal before the Kiwis hit back with a try to Seth Tauamiti.
Going into the break with a 20 – 6 lead, the Aussies came out firing with try in the first set to reserve hooker Luke Huth which was converted by Lomax. Chasing a 26 – 6 deficit the Kiwis fought back with a clever kicking game and a series of seven repeat that saw them reduce the lead to 8 points through tries to Lewis Sio and Kiwi Captain Dray Ngatuere-Wroe. One of the second half highlights was an incredible drop out from Zac Lomax which saw the ball launched 75 metres and bounce into the Kiwi in-goal! In a brutal final 15 minutes the Aussies defended repeat sets and held on to defeat the Kiwis 26 – 18.
Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League 18 Years Team 26 (Tries: James Roumanos, Ky Rodwell, David Fafita, Luke Huth Goals: Zac Lomax 4 Penalty Goal: Zac Lomax) defeated NZ Kiwis Select 18 Years Team (Tries: Seth Tauamiti, Lewis Sio, Dray Ngatuere-Wroe Goals: Baylee Bentley-Hape 3)
Players of Match: NZ Kiwis Select 18 Years Team: Dray Ngatuere-Wroe / Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League 18 Years Team: David Fafita
The Second Test is in Auckland on Saturday September 30 at 11.30 NZ time. This will be televised on Sky in NZ and by Fox Sports in Australia with a time to be advised.
Last Modified on 29/09/2017 16:08