Junior Roos too strong for Kiwis

Sam Stone

The Junior Kangaroos have made it three straight victories over the Junior Kiwis with a dominant 46-22 victory at GIO Stadium.

The Kangaroos were forced to play almost the entire game a man down, after centre Enari Tuala was taken from the field early with a suspected broken jaw.

Despite the injury, they opened the scoring through second rower Sam Stone, who latched on to a pinpoint grubber from captain Brodie Croft.

Doubles to Tyronne Roberts-Davis and Reece Robson blew the scoreline out even further.

Makeshift outside back Victor Radley then scored seconds before the break to give the Junior Kangaroos a 30-0 half time lead.

Two early second half tries to Jai Field and Jaydn Su’A pushed the lead out to 40 before a Kiwis’ fightback occurred.

A try in the corner to Steven Marsters gave them their first points and they would then score two more tries after Roberts-Davis was sin binned.

Despite having 12 men on the field, the Kangaroos pulled one back through fullback Corey Allan but the Kiwis ended the scoring, with Briton Nikora crossing the line in the final seconds.

Brodie Croft controlled the game, setting up a number of tries and was named Man of the Match for his classy performance.

Junior Kangaroos 46 (Tyronne Roberts-Davis 2, Reece Robson 2, Sam Stone, Victor Radley, Jai Field, Jaydn Su’A, Corey Allan tries; Jai Field 5 goals) def. Junior Kiwis 22 (Steven Marsters, Dane Aukafolau, Jarome Luai, Briton Nikora tries; Patrick Herbert 3 goals) at GIO Stadium. Half time: Junior Kangaroos 30-0. Man of the Match: Brodie Croft (Junior Kangaroos).



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