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Match Report

2nd Test v Australian Schoolboys

The England Academy fell to a 2-0 series defeat against the Australian Schoolboys at Wynnum-Manly earlier today after losing the second test 40-14.

After falling to a 41-10 defeat in the first test between the sides in Canberra last week, the England Academy couldn’t find the ingredients required to overturn the series in what was a feisty encounter throughout.

It took just five minutes for the animosity between the sides to surface when a 26-man brawl broke out in centre field and both sides were to finish the half with just 12 men when Liam McAvoy was sent to the sidelines accompanied by his Australian counterpart. 

England looked to have gotten the better of the psychological battle when winger James Saltonstall got on the end of a deft chip from skipper John Bateman to cross in the corner and record the first points of the game.

However the Schoolboys responded on the 15 minute mark through forward Pauli Pauli, who dived over from just a few yards out to level the score before they took the lead through centre Clint Gutherson who barreled his way over from 10 yards out.

Australia then doubled their advantage through winger Goodsell who found himself in acres of space to collect a perfectly weighted kick from half-back Moses.

A hammer blow was struck just before the hooter when loose forward Chad McGill crashed through the defence after receiving an inside ball to give the home side a 24-6 half-time advantage.

The second half saw the Australian’s continue to dominate and on the ten minute mark Goodsell scored his second of the game, capitalizing on some loose defending after a period of scrappy play from both sides.

England’s Saltonstall looked to have scored his second of the game only for the referee to pull the play back for a forward pass and just two minutes later England found themselves further behind when Dylan Walker was put through with clear field in front of him.

Academy centre Luke Briscoe brought England back into contention when he scored the first of two tries on the 28 minute mark following some unconventional play from stand-off Williams to put the Leeds Rhinos player through.

Both sides where then reduced to 12 men for the second time in the contest, when England’s James Cunningham and Australia’s Brad Deitz were sent from the field.

Moments later Australia’s full-back Alex Johnson scored an 80 meter solo effort after he collected a high bomb from Liam Sutcliffe and found only open field ahead to exploit.

It was England who had the last say in the game when Briscoe gathered a chip through from Williams to fight his way over the line but it’s was scant consolation when the final hooter went with the scores set at 40-14.

 England Academy Squad v Australian Schoolboys (Professional and community clubs in brackets)

1. Greg Wilde (St Helens, Golbourne Parkside)
2. James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves, Siddal)
3. Luke Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)
4. Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Hornets) 
5. James Duckworth (Leeds Rhinos, Whinmoor Warriros)
6. Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) 
7. George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge) 
8. Gavin Bennion (Warrington Wolves, Ryland Sharks) 
9. James Cunningham (Hull FC, East Hull) 
10. John Bateman C (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill)
11. Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
12. Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)
13. Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves, Parkside Golbourn)
14. Dominic Speakman (St Helens, Halton Hornets)
15. Luke Thompson (St Helens, Pilkington Recs)
16. Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Saddleworth)
17. Liam McAvoy (Bradford Bulls, Broughton Red Rose)

 Tries: Saltonstall, Briscoe 2

Goals: Percival 

Australian Schoolboys Squad

1, Alex Johnston (Endeavour Sports High School / South Sydney Rabbitohs)
2, Jack Goodsell (Keebra Park State High School)
3, Clint Gutherson (Freshwater High School / Manly Sea Eagles)
4, Paul Simona (Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown / Wests Tigers)
5, Willis Meehan
6, Mitchell Moses (Holy Cross College, Ryde / Wests Tigers)
7, Luke Brooks (Holy Cross College, Ryde / Wests Tigers)
8, Matthew Lodge (Terra Sancta College, Quakers Hill / Penrith Panthers)
9, Brad Deitz (Holy Cross College, Ryde / Wests Tigers)
10, Jeremy Cropper (St Francis Xavier College / Canberra Raiders)
11, Kelepi Tanginoa (Westfield Sports High School / Parramatta Eels)
12, Adam Elliot C (St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown / Canterbury Bulldogs)
13, Chad McGill (Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown / Parramatta Eels)
14, Dylan Walker (Matraville Sports High School / South Sydney Rabbitohs)
15, Chris Smith (Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown / Penrith Panthers)
16, Jai Arrow (Keebra Park State High School)
17, Pauli Pauli (Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown / Parramatta Eels) 

Tries: Pauli, Gutherson, Goodsell 2, McGill, Walker, Johnson

Goals: Gutherson 6

Match Report

England Academy fall against Australian Schoolboys

 

The England Academy fell to a 41-10 defeat to the Australian Schoolboys in the first Test at Canberra’s Bruce Stadium earlier today.

The tourists were outscored by seven tries to two in a game which saw them fail to replicate the form that had seen them record wins over New South Wales and Parramatta Juniors in previous weeks.

England got off to a bright start and were in control of a very physical game until the 17 minute mark, when Australian winger Jack Goodsell managed to round his opposite man and cross under the posts.

The Schoolboys then shot into sixth gear as England struggled to respond and the home side quickly opened up a 24-0 margin within a whirlwind ten minute spell.

Hooker Brad Deitz found himself crossing the line on the 20 minute mark after he found a gap to squeeze through under the posts and just four minutes later centre Paul Simona was adjudged to have touched the ball down in the corner despite dubious calls from the sidelines.

On the 30 minute mark half-back Mitchell Moses stepped inside two defenders to add his name to the scorers list and give the Aussies a commanding lead.

England centre Luke Briscoe managed to get the Academy on the board with five minutes remaining in the half, when he showed a touch of class to out muscles two defenders and power his way over.

The second half began in a similar fashion to the first with both sides embroiled in a physical battle which the Academy side were dominating, but it was a case of déjà vu as Australia scored first through Moses, who gathered a chip through to cross in clear space.

The speedy half-back then completed a hat-trick when he pounded on an English error.

England’s James Saltonstall scored the try of the game with ten minutes left on the clock when he was on hand to outsmart the defence and complete an 80 meter effort, after Ben Currie had burst through a gap from his own 20 meter line but it was scant consolation as Australia responded almost instantaneously through winger Willis Meehan who profited from another error.

A drop-goal from half-back Moses in the final minute put the finishing gloss on a 41-10 victory for the Schoolboys.

England Academy side v Australian Schoolboys (professional and community clubs):

1, Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)
2, James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves, Siddal)
3, Luke Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)
4, John Ford (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook Royals)
5, Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)
6, Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton Knights)
7, George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)
8, Liam McAvoy (Bradford Bulls, Broughton Red Rose)
9, Dominic Speakman (St Helens, Halton Hornets)
10, Gavin Bennion (Warrington Wolves, Ryland Sharks)
11, John Bateman (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill)
12, Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)
13, Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves, Parkside Golbourn)
14, Luke Thompson (St Helens, Pilkington Recs)
15, Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)
16, Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)
17, Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Saddleworth)

Tries: Briscoe, Saltonstall

Goals: Hampshire

Australian Schoolboys Team v England Academy 
1, Alex Johnston (Endeavour Sports High School / South Sydney Rabbitohs)
2, Jack Goodsell (Keebra Park State High School)
3, Clint Gutherson (Freshwater High School / Manly Sea Eagles)
4, Paul Simona (Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown / Wests Tigers)
5, Willis Meehan
6, Mitchell Moses (Holy Cross College, Ryde / Wests Tigers)
7, Luke Brooks (Holy Cross College, Ryde / Wests Tigers)
8, Matthew Lodge (Terra Sancta College, Quakers Hill / Penrith Panthers)
9, Brad Deitz (Holy Cross College, Ryde / Wests Tigers)
10, Jeremy Cropper (St Francis Xavier College / Canberra Raiders)
11, Kelepi Tanginoa (Westfield Sports High School / Parramatta Eels)
12, Adam Elliot (St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown / Canterbury Bulldogs)
13, Chad McGill (Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown / Parramatta Eels)
14, Dylan Walker (Matraville Sports High School / South Sydney Rabbitohs)
15, Chris Smith (Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown / Penrith Panthers)
16, Jai Arrow (Keebra Park State High School)
17, Pauli Pauli (Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown / Parramatta Eels)

Tries: Goodsell, Beitz, Simona, Moses 3, Willis
Goals: Gutherson 4
Drop-goals: Moses


Game One v NSWRL Academy

 

The England Academy opened their touring account with a 28-18 victory over New South Wales Juniors at Narrabeen earlier today.

The Academy side ran in five tries during an attritional contest that saw them come from behind on two separate occasions to get off to a winning start.


The game began poorly for the Academy side as they found themselves 4-0 down after less than seven minutes but a steely resolve saw them responded immediately through half-back Ryan Hampshire.

Winger Joe Burgess rounded his defender to play the ball back inside to the supporting man who found Hampshire on hand to show a clean pair of heels to the covering defence.

Hampshire then found winger James Saltonstall who doubled England’s tally when he broke through down the right hand flank. Man of the Match Hampshire added the extras to make the scores 10-4 at the interval.

It was a short lived lead for England however as New South Wales got off to a flying start in the second half, with a quick-fire double allowing them to open up an 18-10 advantage.

Winger Meehan found himself in space on the outside for an easy run in after just two minutes before loose forward Harrison gathered a high-ball between the posts to crash over three minutes later.

England were still behind by eight points with just over ten minutes to go but they showed their class to run in three tries in just eight minutes.

First England’s Ben Currie powered his way over from a quick play-the-ball and then the Warrington Wolves player doubled his personal tally after Hampshire spilt the defence and played Currie through from 25 yards out.

Centre Greg Wilde then pounced on an error from the NSW full-back to extend the lead with Hampshire adding the extras to make it 28-18.

“We’re quite happy with the win,” said England Academy coach Dave Elliott. “Winning the first game is the best way to start.

“We expected our performance to be a bit scratchy and a little under par because of the traveling, which was the case, but I think as the game went on we showed a lot of good touches in our attack.

“To come the distance we have and play after just a few days is a good start for us and I’m pleased with the character the lads showed to come from behind on two separate occasions.

“We’ve a quick turn around now before playing Parramatta on Saturday but that’s what we wanted. We wanted to get a good test mentally, physically and emotionally in the first week.

“I’m pleased with the effort today and the lads who haven’t played today will get a chance against Parramatta on Saturday to fight for a test jersey.”

The England Academy continue preparations for their two-test series against the Australian Schoolboys by taking on Parramatta Juniors on Saturday (KO 7.00pm Aus / 10.00am UK). 


England Academy Squad v NSW (Professional and community clubs in brackets)

1, Luke Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)

2, James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves, Siddal)

3, Greg Wilde (St Helens, Golbourne Parkside)

4, John Ford (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook Royals)

5, Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)

6, Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)

7, Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton Knights)

8, Liam McAvoy (Bradford Bulls, Broughton Red Rose)

9, Dominic Speakman (St Helens, Halton Hornets)

10, Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Saddleworth)

11, John Bateman (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill) C

12, Peter Aspinall (Huddersfield Giants, Huddersfield YMCA)

13, Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)

14, George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)

15, Gavin Bennion (Warrington Wolves, Ryland Sharks)

16, Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves, Parkside Golbourn)

17, Luke Thompson (St Helens, Pilkington Recs)


Tries: Hampshire, Saltonstall, Currie 2, Aspinall


Goals: Hampshire 4


New South Wales Juniors squad

1, Dalin Watene-Zelezniak

2, Willis Meehan

3, Michael Morgan

4, Sione Mata’utia

5, Dee Jay Harris

6, Drew Hutchinson

7, Zac Nichols

8, James Parker

9, Tj McLean

10, Joe Stimson

11, Rhys Armstrong

12, Taniele Siale

13, Blake Harrison

14, Salesi funaki

15, Tepai Teu Smith

16, Anthony Semrany

17, Brendan Cox

18, Luke Yates


Tries: Meehan 2, Harris, Harrison


Goals:


Man of the Match: Ryan Hampshire

 

 

 

Match Report

England Academy Tour

Game Two v Parramatta Juniors

 

The England Academy continued their Australian tour with a 42-18victory in their second warm-up game against Parramatta Juniors at CabramaStadium earlier today. 
After a tense opening which saw both sides embroiled in a dogged battle for supremacy, it was England who opening the scoring on the 14 minute mark, when Ryan Hampshire ran in under the posts. 
The half-back was on hand to finish a move he started and profit from a simple inside ball from full-back Tierney who had gathered a sublime chip through to split the defence. 
Parramatta responded quickly however and just five minutes later they were level through winger Ben Fritz who managed to sneak over in the corner. 
Both sides resumed a hard-fought battle and it took until the 33rd minute for another point to be registered, when England winger James Duckworth powered his way through three defenders to cross the line in the right hand corner. 
Hampshire kept his composure to slot a difficult conversion and give England a 12-6 half-time lead. 
England came out of the blocks firing in the second half and a whirlwind start saw them open up a 36-6 lead just shy of the 60 minute mark. 
Ben Currie registered the first score of the half when he beat the defence all ends up with a show-and-go before accelerating through the line and Ryan Hampshire then scored an equally impressive try, profiting from a powerful run from John Bateman who split the defence to set up an easy score. 
Jon Ford found himself adding a third try of the half and from the resulting re-start, Joe Burgess ran the length of the field after Bateman sucked in the defence top open the field for the Wigan flyer. 
A lapse in defensive concentration saw Parramatta add two quick tries through first Christian Kagiassis and then full-back John Formal to bring the score back to 36-18. 
England has the last say in the game though when Hampshire scored his third try of the game when Bateman again burst through a hole to put the half-back through for the easiest finish before adding the extras to seal at 42-18 victory. 
“I thought there were a lot of improvements from the game versus New South Wales and the guys showed some great touches tonight,” said England Academy coach Dave Elliott. 
“We scored 42 points and I think we could have added a lot more so I’m very happy with the performance. 
“It was pleasing to see that the things we worked on during the week were executed during the game, but as a coach I think there are always areas for improvement and we still have some things to work on before our next game. 
“I’ve got a huge selection headache now going into the first test. A lot of players have really held their hands up for a place. There were some outstanding performances tonight and the whole squad has really performed.” 
England Academy team v Parramatta (professional and community clubs): 
1, Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 
2, James Duckworth (Leeds Rhinos, Whinmoor Warriros) 
3, Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Hornets) 
4, John Ford (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook Royals) 
5, Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge) 
6, George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge) 
7, Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton Knights) 
8, Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 
9, James Cunningham (Hull FC, East Hull) 
10, Gavin Bennion (Warrington Wolves, Ryland Sharks) 
11, Luke Thompson (St Helens, Pilkington Recs) 
12, Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 
13, Ben Currie C (Warrington Wolves, Parkside Golbourn) 
14, Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) 
15, John Bateman (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill) 
16, Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) 
17, Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Saddleworth) 

Tries: Hampshire 3, Duckworth, Currie, Ford, Burgess 
Goals: Hampshire 7 

Man of the Match: Gavin Bennion 

Parramatta Juniors squad 
1, John Fomai
2, Ben Fritz 
3, Levi Spoi 
4, Eric Aukofolau 
5, Sulaisi Suli 
6, Ryan Matterson 
7, Christian Kagiassis 
8, Jordan Grant 
9, Dom Reardon 
10, Will Bugden 
11, FJ Moala 
12, Takai Moeakiola 
13, Jordan Hall 
14, Jason Vidal 
15, Jim Au Cheung 
16, Paea Pua 
17, Tepai Tepu 

Tries: Fritz, Kagiassis, Formal 
Goals: Kagiassis 3