The Australian Schoolboys have won the opening fixture on their tour of New Zealand, defeating the NZ under-18 Select side 26-18.
The visitors lead 26-6 at one stage before the Select side scored two late tries to put some pressure on their Trans-Tasman rivals.
The Schoolboys will play their second and final game against the New Zealand 18s side on Saturday September 30, 11:30am (NZT) at Trust Arena, Auckland.
Australian Schoolboys 26 (Ky Rodwell, David Fifita, Luke Huth, James Roumanos tries; Zac Lomax 5 goals) def. New Zealand 18s Select 18 (Dray Ngatuere-Wroe, Lewis Sio, Seth Tauamiti tries; Baylee Bentley-Hape 3 goals) at Puketawhero Park, Rotorua.
Australian Schoolboys Most Valuable Player of the Match – David Fifita
New Zealand Select 18s Most Valuable Player of the Match – Dredin Sorensen
NZ 18s Select
1 Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard, 2 Aublix Tawha, 3 Kea Pere, 4 Zaan Weatherall (c), 5 Awatere Kiwara, 6 Bayleigh Bentley-Hape, 7 Dray Ngatuere-Wroe (c), 8 Wesley Veikoso, 9 Sheldon Rogers, 10 Ranapiri Baker, 11 Javvier Pitovao, 12 Dredin Sorensen, 13 Phillip Makatoa. Interchange: 14 Kayal Iro, 15 Lewis Sio, 16 Daniel Sakisi, 17 Seth Tauamiti, 18 Mike Williams, 19 Mark Tepu-Smith.
1 Dylan Smith, 7 Haze Dunster, 3 Bronson Xerri, 2 Campbell Graham (c), 5 Ethan Parry, 4 Zac Lomax (c), 6 Tanah Boyd, 8 Ky Rodwell, 9 Kyle Schneider, 16 James Roumanos, 11 Teig Wilton, 12 David Fifita, 13 Lindsay Smith. Interchange: 14 Luke Huth, 15 Jesse Cronin, 10 Shawn Blore, 17 Spencer Leniu.
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