GAMES FOR FINALS—Saturday 8th July and Day3 Games Results and Stories


Match day 4 – Saturday 8 July—8:45am – WA vs VIC (not live) – seventh place playoff

8:45am – Combined States vs NSW II – fifth place playoff

10am – QLD I vs NSW I – third place playoff

11:30am – ACT vs QLD II – FINAL

Presentation Assembly and Announcement of the Australian Schoolboys Teams

—1.30 p.m. –Ramsay Hall



Combined States 45 Victoria 7

ACT 36 WA 19

QLD I 33 NSW II 19





The first half saw Combined States on the front foot from the first whistle. Combined States attacking onslaught resulted in desperate defense from Victoria to keep their line from being breached but with creativity and a glut of possession, Victoria’s defense could only hold on for so long and, Combined States’ attack was rewarded with three converted tries in the first 15 minutes.

The few opportunities that Victoria got, usually care of a Combined States turnover, saw some enterprising attack but ultimately poor handling and ill discipline stopped their attack and the teams went to half time with Combined States leading 21 to nil.

The second half saw both teams scoring a try within the first 5 minutes of the half. For the balance of the second half, both teams had good scoring opportunities but it was Combined States who successful converted their opportunities, crossing for a further 3 tries to close the game out by 45 points to 7.

Players to watch:


Harry Turner: An absolute work horse every where on the field, this open side flanker shows traits of Michael Hooper; he’s not the biggest player in the team, but showing good aggression and great acceleration, he was a constant threat in both attack and defence. Besides scoring 2 tries of his own, setting up several others care of his line breaks and winning crucial ruck turnovers, Turner led the Combined States  forward pack sublimely.

Stirling Doyle: Superb running lines from this left winger saw him cross the line 3 times himself and break the line plenty of times to help get his side on the front foot.


Alex Sa’aga: Good hard running forward who did a great job of getting his team on the front foot. He provided a solid platform in the second half for his side’s scrum, which had been under a great amount of strain in the first half.

Half-time Score: 21-0 to CS

Full-time Score: 45-7 to CS



The first 15 minutes of the first half saw quite an even game with neither team threatening the line too much, and a penalty goal each the only score. But a yellow card for a Western Australian player provided the opportunity for ACT to attack, and off the back of several penalties their rolling maul finally brought the ACT the first try of the match after almost 20 minutes.

From this point, the ACT were on the front foot for the rest of the half, scoring a further two tries, and with the 100% kicking of Will Goddard, They went to the break leading 24 to 6.

WA opened the scoring in the second half with an unconverted try after 3 minutes and from here both teams then took turns on the front foot, but as the second half unfolded, the WA team looked increasingly threatening and their pressure led to points when WA’s captain Brody MacAskill drew in the ACT fullback and managed to get the pass away to his team mate whose try was converted to make the score 24-18 to the ACT. However, this try spurred the ACT team who took control of the game, managing to run in 2 converted tries to leave the final score 38 to 18 in their favour.

Players to watch:


Wyll Holland: A strong ball runner, this player was key to ACT’s counterattack efforts which led to them being able to get good front foot ball. His efforts helped his side to run away with the game in the dying minutes of the game.

Isaac Crowe: The no.22 was lining up at flyhalf in this game and spent the majority of the first half ball playing superbly. He then got the opportunity to showcase his great acceleration by chasing up on Thomas Haddard’s chargedown to score his first try, and he ran away with a loose ball to score his second.


Brody MacAskill: Good hard running forward who did a great job of getting his team on the front foot. scored a try of his own and set up his sides second try with a smart pick and go run straight through the ACT defensive line.

Half-time Score: 24-6 to ACT

Full-time Score: 38-18 to ACT



QLD I turned up to play and from the first whistle they showcased their dominance over the NSW II who did not look as strong today as they did yesterday. Queensland dominated first half possession and despite resolute NSW II defense, QLD I managed to bust their way over for two tries in the first half. Along with 2 penalties it gave them a handy 16 nil half time margin.

The second half saw a much more open game with both sides playing flowing rugby, and although NSW II won the second half by scoring 3 second half tries to QLD I’s 2, QLD I never looked likely to lose the match. QLD I’s scoreboard position was aided by the excellent goal kicking of flyhalf Campbell Parata with 3 penalty goals and 2 conversions.

Players to watch:


Harry Wilson: An excellent contribution in all 3 QLD I’s games thus far; He constantly makes the advantage line, and led the forwards with solid defense and great line out work.

Jordan Petaia: A great all-round player, constantly threatening the opposition’s defensive line and never letting NSW II through his channel in defence. Had several try assists and scored one himself today.


Angus Bell (loose-head prop): Good hard working forward, who was involved in as much as he could be. Dominant in the scrums, strong in hitting up the ball, a solid defender and a great ruck worker.

Thomas Yassmin: One of NSW II’s best attacking threats, Tom Yasmin has pace to burn, and size to back it up, making him a danger with ball in hand. He got to showcase his power in his first try, receiving the ball off a high kick and managing to bust his way through multiple players and to the try line, and all from a standing start! His second try was an intercept with a 80 metre sprint which just went to show his speed.

Half-time Score: 16-0 to QLD I

Full-time Score: 33-19 to QLD I



Similar to the game before it, the men from Queensland turned up and outplayed the New South Welshmen in the opening half, and that set the tone for the entirety of the game to come. QLD II were trying to set the NSW I’s boys on the back foot and they succeeded. An early try to NSW I’s loose-head prop Bo Abra gave them a false sense of security as QLD II went on to run in one converted and one unconverted try within 6 or so minutes. NSW made a small comeback in the late end of the first half scoring a penalty goal and a non-converted try.

The second half started with a bang for NSW I seeing them score a converted try in the opening minutes of the half. Yet, when QLD II scored 2 quick tries in succession, NSW I failed to produce an answer and watched slowly as the game slipped away from them. And as replacement flyhallf Carter Gordon kicked a penalty to take the lead in the dying minutes of the game, NSW I couldn’t do anything to save themselves.

QLD II had outstanding defence which was how they managed to stop NSW I’s onslaught. Overtime NSW went on the attack QLD II had an answer, and usually it was good line speed, dominant tackles, and great counter rucking. Bottom line, QLD II outplayed and outclassed a disappointing NSW I side for a well deserved win.

Players to watch:


Braydon Law: A hard running forward who always gets well past the advantage line and often crosses the line himself for a try or two during the match. Uses a strong leg drive to always make good metres after contact.

Viliami Lea: One of QLD II’s most dangerous weapons in attack. If Lea gets ball in open space, the opposition is in serious trouble! He’s got a great step, fend and has pace to burn! This is not the first game where he’s made a large impact and run in multiple tries for QLD II.


Bo Abra: Good hard working forward, who made a impact where he could. He was a major contributor to NSW I’s dominant scrum, and was the force behind a few scrum penalties.

Half-time Score: 15-12 to NSW I

Full-time Score: 25-27 to Q





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