Australian Schoolboys defeated in second Test
England RL Academy have drawn their series with the Australian Schoolboys, winning the second Test at Leigh 28-14.
The Australian Schoolboys were victorious in a hard-fought opening Test 22-18 but were overcome by an English onslaught early in the second half.
Tries to Latrell Mitchell (Roosters) and Ash Nisbet (Sharks) saw the Schoolboys trail just 10-8 at the half-time break but tries to England captain Jansin Turgut, Robbie Ward and Jack Johnson saw the home side extend their lead, a try to Wests Tiger Jacob Liddle keeping the Aussies in the mix at 28-14.
But they weren't able to peg back the deficit further and the England Academy held on for a convincing 14-point win.
It was the Schoolboys' first loss of their seven match tour of Europe with the team now moving on to France for games against the French under-19 and under-18 teams in the next week.
England RL Academy 28 (Ash Handley, Jack Logan, Jansin Turgut, Robbie Ward, Jack Johnson tries; Jordan Abdull 4 goals) def. Australian Schoolboys 14 (Latrell Mitchell, Ash Nisbet, Jacob Liddle tries; Brock Lamb goal) at Leigh Sports Village. Half-time: 10-8 England. Man of the Match: Ash Golding (England). First Test: Australian Schoolboys 22 def. England RL Academy 18.
England RL Academy: 1. Ash Golding, 2. Jack Johnson, 3. Ash Handley, 4. Toby King, 5. Jack Logan, 6. Jordan Abdull, 7. Joe Keyes, 8. Ted Chapelow, 9. Robbie Ward, 10. Tyler Dickinson, 11. Oliver Davies, 12. Jansin Turgut (c), 13. Sam Wilde. Interchange: 14. Luke Waterworth, 15. Will Maher, 16. Mikey Wood, 17. Elliot Minchella. Coach: Richard Marshall.
Australian Schoolboys: 1. Gideon Gela, 2. Connor Cox, 3. Braden Robson, 4. Keenan Yorston, 5. Latrell Mitchell, 6. Brock Lamb, 7. Jack Cogger, 8. Hame Sele, 9. Jayden Brailey, 10. Tom Amone, 11. Tyrell Fuiamaono, 12. Ash Nisbet, 13. Ray Stone. Interchange: 14. Jacob Liddle, 16. Keegan Hipgrave, 17. Jacob Host, 18. Oliver Clark. Coach: Brian Battese.