Schools Tri Nations
Australian Barbarians vs. New Zealand Schools 2018
Gregory Terrace College Brisbane
By Angus Rowan
The first match of this year’s Schoolboys Tri Nations kicked off with a Barbarians side out to shock the supporters and wanting to put the New Zealand Schoolboys on the back foot. New Zealand opened the match gaining the edge on the Baa Baa’s from the kick off with a strong run from Winger Gideon Wrampling up the field and they soon capitalised off this strong start by scoring in the right corner, 5-0.
New Zealand quickly ran in again after gaining quality metres down the right edge, Gideon Wrampling went in taking his side out to a 12-0 lead. Australia would soon put themselves on the board after New Zealand was penalised at the ruck, Captain Vincent Creagh, would point to the posts and Tane Edmed delivered. New Zealand would soon shake this off and Blair Murray would link with his left-winger, charging through the defence to beat fullback Jangala Bennett to the line, 17-3.
The New Zealand outside backs would again make strong metres quite easily, a chip kick forward gathered up by Gideon Wrampling and a quick inside ball would add another try for a New Zealand side that were adding classily to their tally, 24-3. The Barbarians un rattled by the score line expanding found their feet and Tane Edmed helped steer the ship through the midfield with powerful Tight Head Prop Zane Nonggorr, barging through a small gap and running in the Barbarians first try, the home team was back in the match, 24-10.
Fred Tricks was hard to contain in attack making plenty of metres down his wing. New Zealand outside back Gideon Wrampling would cross again setting the score at 29-10. An intercept from Halotti Fonua only moments later would get the crowd on their feet as he sprinted the field to bring the score closer, 17-29. New Zealand would add to the score before the end of the half, this time though a well-worked driving maul from Patrick Thacker with his school mate from Christs College Sam Darry scoring the points, 36-17.
The Barbarians found their feet almost immediately in the second half with the backline gelling well making strong metres. A well manoeuvred play resulted in Fred Tricks being helped up field and Vincent Creagh assisting Dennis Waight who went over the try line helping close the gap on the lead,
24-34. New Zealand didn’t let this keep them down and Jacob Kneepkens would utilise strong position gathering a sublime grubber kick to cross the line, score 41-24
New Zealand schoolboys would be kept at bay for quite some time but gaps eventually began to crack within the Australian defence and scrumhalf Louie Chapman would reach over, adding to his sides lead 48-24. Another try for the boys in black and the score was pushed out to 55-24 with 20 mins to go.
The momentum they had shown earlier in the half coming back on show in the final few minutes, Australia had the last say after a well worked run from left winger Matt Duttalis, spreading the ball to Fred Tricks outmanoeuvring his opponents to run over the line, 31-55.
Australian Schoolboys vs. Tonga Schools 2018
Gregory Terrace College Brisbane
By Angus Rowan
A must win for Australia who looked to make a strong statement to the competition with a win against a tough and skilful Tongan side. The opening stages of the match were hotly contested rugby with both sides doing their best to create a break through. Tonga would eventually open the match after pointing to the posts from an Australian infringement, 3-0.
Daniel Ala was soon helped by some quality ball from Joey Walton who gained strong territory to score in the right corner 5-3. Luke Reimer promptly add to the Aussies scoreboard after a well worked run again from Daniel Ala down the right wing helping the score out to 12-3, Australia would soon have to regroup after an almost certain try was bombed only metres out much to the frustration of the crowd.
Carter Gordon would then extend the sides lead after picking up a loose ball on the oppositions try line, 17-3. Australian Openside Flanker Luke Reimer, was a menace in defence doing everything he could to make sure his side would not concede any more points.
The points would start to flow as Fullback John Connolly, crossed in the right corner with the help of his playmaker Carter Gordon. Bailey Tautau, soon added to the home sides lead exploiting a strong scrum barrowing over, 31-3. Daniel Ala ran in again for his side late in the first half after receiving a great pass from Lachy Elias to dive over in the corner, 36-3.
The second half started with both sides again struggling to create any momentum. Tonga did their best with strong runs from outside back Semisi Kafusi, but they were well contained by the Australian Centres. Lachy Elias would eventually score the first points of the half, after finding space and quality ball out wide to help bring the score to 43-3.
John Connolly wasted no time in adding to this after a well worked set piece helped create some space out wide outpacing his opponents to go over in the corner, 48-3.
Costly errors by a tiring Australian side helped Tonga get on the front foot but they struggled to maintain possession and the game was sent into a grinding deadlock for an extended period.
Australia would break the deadlock finding the key with sub playmaker Reesjan Pasitoa, who broke through the Tongan defensive line assisting his outside back Angus Bell in the corner, with 10 minutes to go 53-5.
Tonga would deservedly get on the score board after Villiami ‘Ahofono pounced on an Australian error to take the final score out to 53-10.