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Australian Schools Rugby News : April 2009
a and New Zealand 2008 EDENTED TWO YEARS IN A ROW! against the Kiwis!!! spoil and win some opposition throws giving us some valuable possession. The scrum was having some trouble and we were just holding our own. At the 20 minute mark Cameron Mitchell made a break from half way beating his man, spinning out of a tackle and kicking deftly towards the in-goal. The speedster on the wing Ken Robertson sprinted past his opposition turning winger to dive on the ball and score our fi rst try of the game. After withstanding all the pressure from the Kiwis we were ahead for the fi rst time 5-3. From this point on the confidence started to build and New Zealand started making some uncharacteristic mistakes. New Zealand was hard pressed for some time and we were rewarded just before half-time with a penalty to Eddie Bredenhann to go in with a lead 8-3 at the break. The half-time break gave the New Zealanders time to re-group. Neither side made any substitutions but the locals’ pressure was rewarded with a penalty after three minutes to creep closer with a penalty try 8-6. Cameron Mitchell continued to be dangerous but had to come off for a blood bin rest and was replaced by Tim Bennetts for a few minutes. The half back was replaced by Swanepoel who urged his forwards purposefully and the lineout worked well. A missed goal from New Zealand saw some luck go Australia’s way. At the 23 minute mark a defi ning movement with a clever switch at the back of the lineout gave a well camouflaged Kotoni Ale a 30 metre run down the sideline to score and James Ambrosini converted for the team to go ahead 15-6. As with any New Zealand side they were not fi nished and in the 32nd minute we were heading for a cliff-hanger as New Zealand lock Thomson crashed over in the corner to score. Australia was still in front 6 GAME 1: v TONGA OUTER ISLANDS U18 at Saineha High School, Neiafu, Vava’u Island – Fri 26 Sept Australian Schools 46 (D Shipperley 2, M McDougall 2, C Faingaa, S Hunt, S Siliva tries; J Ambrosini 3 cons, C Faingaa 1 con, 1 pen) Tonga Outer Islands 6. GAME 2: v TONGA SCHOOLS at Teufaiva Stadium, Tongatapu, Tonga – Mon 29 Sept Australian Schools 22 (K Ale 2, M McDougall tries; E Bredenhann 2 cons, pen) Tonga Under 18 13 (I Tonga try; M Siotame 2 pens, con) GAME 3: v WAIRARAPA BUSH U18 at Memorial Park, Masterton – Fri 3 Oct Australian Schools 51 (K Robertson 2, M Swanepoel 2, D Shipperley, C Edwards, T Bennetts, T Stevens, M McDougall tries; R Coleman 2, C Faingaa con) Wairarapa Bush 15 (T Kinuku, P Tafa tries; G Waters pen; H Peacock con) GAME 4: v HURRICANES SCHOOLS at FMG Stadium – Tues 7 Oct Hurricanes Schools 24 (A Tuali 2, A Tuck tries; H Cripps 3 cons, pen) Australian Schools 21 (T Bennetts, J Ellise-Flint, R Coleman tries; J Ambrosini, E Bredenhann pens) GAME 5: v NEW ZEALAND SCHOOLS at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth – Fri 10 Oct Australian Schools 15 (K Robertson, K Ale tries; E Bredenhann pen; J Ambrosini con) New Zealand Secondary Schools 11 (B Thomson try; K Edwards 2 pens)