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Australian Schools Rugby News : August 2012
14 kicked the conversion yet again and was rewarded with an early shower finishing the night with 7 from 7. With numerous replacements made the Australians struggled for a period with Tonga gaining confidence after some strong breaks were made. Relentless pressure was applied by the Tongan attacking runners and they were rewarded with a try, which was converted to take the score to Australia 49, Tonga 13. The Australians were now feeling some pressure but gradually regained momentum after some torrid exchanges in the forwards. Strong Australian continuity reappeared and the team was rewarded with a good try to replacement hooker Moli Sooaemalelagi. Jake Mcintyre took over the goal kicking duties and added to the scoring with a successful conversion attempt. The last 5 minutes of the match was all Australia with strong carries out wide particularly by replacement winger harry Jones. Spectacular support play resulted in great tries to Lalakai Foketi, his third for the night, and centre Jim Stewart right on full time. As had been the case all night, Jake Mcintyre was successful with both attempts at goal and all kickers in the match maintained a very impressive 100% record. AUStRALIAN SChOOLS 70 (Aaron Pleash, Mitchell Whiteley, Andrew Robinson, Jim Stewart, Moli Sooaemalelagi, Michael Gunn 2, Lalakai Foketi 3 tries, Jake Mcintyre 3, T Wilson 7 con) tONGA U18 SChOOLS 13 (Jonathon Lokotui try, Mosese Latu, 1 con, 2 pen) at St Marys RL Stadium, Saturday 14 July. Best & Fairest Player: Michael Gunn (Aus). Australian Schools Team against Tongan Schools U18 1 Aaron Pleash ipswich Grammar School 2 Tom Wilson Barker College 3 Neori Nadruku St edmund’s College 4 Harry Rorke St ignatius College 5 Matthew Philip St Augustine’s College 6 Jack Dempsey St ignatius College 7 Michael Gunn Anglican Church Grammar 8 Mitchell Whiteley (c) St ignatius College 9 Angus Pulver The Shore School 10 Jake McIntyre Alstonville high School 11 Andrew Kellaway The Scots College 12 Jim Stewart The Scots College 13 Lalakai Foketi The Kings School 14 Andrew Robinson St Mary MacKillop College 15 Jonah Placid Toowoomba Grammar School 16 Cameron Orr Trinity Grammar School 17 Moli Sooaemalelagi Roxburgh Park Sec College 18 Siotame Kavapalu Rowville Secondary College 19 Jack Cornelsen Brisbane Grammar School 20 Lolo Fakaosilea Brisbane Boys College 21 Andrew Ferris The Kings School 22 David Horwitz The Scots College 23 Harry Jones The Kings School tongan u18 australian tour wrap 13 Cool, clear conditions and a crowd in excess of 2000 people greeted both teams as they took the field for the test played at St Marys Stadium between Australian Schools and Tonga U18s. From the kick off, the Australian forwards created early pressure and through multiple phases of play, centre Lalakai Foketi found space and opened the scoring in the 2nd minute of play. hooker, Tom Wilson converted the try and the Australians gained a handy early lead in the match. Tonga narrowed the score in the 6th minute with a successful penalty goal but it wasn’t long before the Australian forwards drove strongly towards the try line and open side prop Aaron Pleash, claimed the 2nd try after a sustained driving maul. Tom Wilson again converted the try. The Australians continued to play strongly with multiple phase play creating great pressure on the Tongan defence. Open side flanker, Michael Gunn enjoyed a golden period of play with his support skills grabbing tries in the 17th and 21st minute. Tom Wilson converted both tries and the Australians enjoyed a handy lead of 28 to 3 mid-way through the first half. The Tongan team slowly got themselves into the match with their customary aggressive defence disrupting Australian raids. Pressure was applied on the Australian defence and Tonga was rewarded with another penalty in kicking range after repeated infringements by the Australians. A second penalty goal was kicked and the score read Australia 28, Tonga 6. The Australians gained early ascendancy from the restart with possession regained. Good ground was being made by the forwards, in particular lock harry Rorke, who was causing great concern for the Tongan defence with some strong charges on the fringes. On the back of terrific go forward established by the forwards, quick ball movement out wide resulted in tries to winger Andrew Robinson and roving number 8 and captain, Mitchell Whiteley in rapid succession . Goal kicking hooker, Tom Wilson, took his tally to 6 conversions from 6 attempts and the Australians took a well-earned lead at half time. The 2nd half started much like the first, with the Australians applying early pressure and a try to flying centre Lalakai Foketi. Tom Wilson Australian Schools v Tongan U18s Test St Marys Stadium – Saturday 14 July, 2012