AIS finish off tour with a win
The touring AIS were given a real freight by the Community Lions last night before picking up their third win on UK soil with a 38-24 success.
In a hard-fought battle the hosts stunned the tourists as they raced into 16-0 lead inside the first 22 minutes.
Full-back Sam Forester got the ball rolling on nine minutes with a well-taken effort, before winger Scott Pink drew a great cheer from the home crowd with the Lions second touchdown just three minutes later.
The boot of Jack Jones made it 10-0 and things got even better when the impressive Adam Jefferson crossed the whitewash for another Jones improved score.
After seeing off the England Academy side just days earlier the AIS were clearly shaken by the home sides start, however, they slowly worked their way back into the contest before hitting back in dramatic fashion in the final ten minutes of the first period.
Jack Creighton opened their account in the 25th minute and by the time referee Chris Kendall had blown for half time the tourists were back level thanks to further tries from centre Euan Aitken and winger Bosam MacDonald, plus two conversions from the boot of Brendan Elliot.
The opening exchanges of the second half were pretty even, before scrum-half Daniel Clarke stepped his way over for a converted try to give the AIS the lead for the first time.
The crowd were soon cheering another Community Lions try when winger Ben Garner went over to cut the gap to just two points, although strong-running Brandan Klee soon re-asserted the Australians advantage when he powered over for another six-pointer.
Winger Brody Rigg was the next tourist to add his name to the score sheet and the 12-point gap that opened up was to prove crucial.
With the contest entering the final 10 minutes Barrow Island winger Garner helped himself to a second try to give the Lions a glimmer of hope, however, the game was sealed in the final minute when Corey Jenson crossed to give the AIS winning finish to their 2011 tour.
Lions head coach Kelvin Lockett was understandably pleased with his side’s effort.
“I’m really proud of the lads,” said Lockett.
“I couldn’t have asked for any more from them and they weren’t far off from coming away with a win.
“The AIS are a very good side, as they showed against the England Academy at the weekend, but if a couple of errors and decisions had gone our way it could have been an even better night for us.”
Australian Institute of Sport 38
Tries: Jack Creighton, Euan Aitken, Bosam MacDonald, Daniel Clarke, Brady Williams, Corey Jensen
Goals: Brendan Elliot 5 from 7
U/18's Community Lions 24
Tries: Ben Garner 2, Sean Forester, Scott Pink, Adam Jefferson
Goals: Jack Jones 2 from 5