22nd Mar 2019

Aussie u/18’s In A Bad Mood

 

The Australian Schools and Under 18 Team defeated a Scottish Schools Selection 70-0 in a riot of running rugby.

Neither country was fielding their top side but the margin was still a big statement for the Aussies ahead of their clash with the Scotland U19s this weekend.

Playing in an indoor field in Edinburgh, with little in-goal to speak of, there were no adverse weather issues to affect the game and that played into the Australians' hands.

Again the very strong defence of the team was an important factor in this good win.

The Aussies forwards set up a good platform over and over again with penetrating drives, getting the opposition on the back foot, but opening up the backs with the opportunity to use quick hands and great support play.

One highlight was the scoring of four tries by winger Brendan Jiminez–one of which was a spectacular run from deep within the Aussies half–demonstrating the truism that Rugby is a game of avoidance, not of collision– as he stepped both sides of his many attempted defenders.

The team has come through with no injuries– so that all players will be available for the Test on Sunday.

Australia left some points on the table as well, with some misjudged passes and knock-ons deep in attack, an ominous sign as they prepare for that final clash against Scotland’s national U19s.

The Aussies are 3-1 from their four-match tour after Wednesday's win, with one clash remaining against the Scottish u/19 national side. They will be much more formidable–having played, and losing only narrowly, to Welsh Under 19s recently

Scorers:

Australia Schools and U18s: Tries: Jimenez (4), Lea (2), Connolly, Tizzano, Gordon, Sula-Siaosi, Pollard, Bell. Conversions: Ilias (2), Jimenez (2), Gordon

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