Tourists edge past brave England
England Students 30 v 36 Australian Institute of Sport
Leeds Rugby Academy
The Australian Institute of Sport came from behind three times to beat the England Students 36-30 in a thrilling game in Leeds.
Home prop James Wallace crashed over to give this side the perfect start and with Matt Bradley kicking the first of his five goals England were up and running.
However, the AIS soon found their way into the game as Nathan Wilson rounded the home defence from the base of the scrum to make the score 6-4, and then Shaun Hudson improved an effort from Michael Barclay to take a 10-6 lead.
That lead was increased when winger Lorenzo Vogel followed up his own grubber kick, but cheered on by a healthy crowd England roared back with two quick-fire tries before the break.
The impressive Sam Williamson reached out to score despite the attention of four defenders and then centre Will Collins hit a well-timed pass to race over. Both efforts were improved by the boot of Bradley meaning that England led 18-16 at half-time.
AIS scrum-half Christian Hazard took just four minutes of the second period to collect his sides next try, before a mix-up in the visitors defence allowed Sam Williamson to register his second of the afternoon and keep the game in the balance.
The impressive Wilson reduced England’s advantage to just two points with a 40 metre touchdown as the game entered the final quarter, and lively half-back was then the architect of the games crucial score just two minutes later as his offload allowed Rhys Norman to set up a break which resulted in Casey Burgess providing a clinical finish.
With plenty of time left England pushed hard to find some more points but a resilient AIS defence held firm as they claimed their third win from four tour games so far.
Hudson completed the scoring with a penalty two minutes from time and sets the tourists up nicely for the final game of their trip against the English Lions U18s at Heworth on Wednesday, kick-off 7.00pm.
1 Mark Wilson (Loughborough)
2 Jay Rossi (Bradford College)
3 Christian Duncan (Leeds Met)
4 Will Collins (Loughborough)
5 Anthony Squire (Loughborough)
6 Matt Bradley (Gloucestershire)
7 Alistair Leak (Leeds Met)
8 James Wallace (Trinity & All Saints)
9 Evan Simons (Liverpool)
10 Lee Sanders (Sheffield)
11 Chris Barratt (Loughborough)
12 Sam Blaney (Gloucestershire)
13 Sam Bowring (Hull)
14 Gaz Hynes (Leeds Met)
15 Mufaro Mvududu (Leeds Met)
16 Sam Williamson (Sheffield Hallam)
17 Nathan Britten (Loughborough)
T Wallace (4), Williamson (33, 46), Collins (37), Wilson (50)
G Bradley (5/5)
1 Shaun Hudson (Palm Beach Currumbin State High School/Gold Coast Gold)
2 Luke Conaghty (Taminmin College/Northern Territory Titans)
3 Bradley Cappello (Farrer Agricultural High School/Northern Tigers)
4 Lachlan Crawter (Kyogle High School)
5 Lorenzo Vogel (Ipswich Jets)
6 Nathan Wilson (Palm Beach Currumbin State High School/Gold Coast Gold)
7 Christian Hazard (Matraville Sports High School/South Sydney Rabbitohs)
8 Antonio Inzitari (St Gregory's College/Western Suburbs Magpies)
9 Rhys Norman (St Gregory's College/Southern Redbacks)
10 Jack Kavanagh (Illawarra Sports High School/Illawarra Steelers)
11 Joe Stimson (St Gregory's College/NSW under 17's)
12 Anthony Colman (St Johns College Woodlawn/Gold Coast Titans)
13 Brent Gentals (MacKillop Catholic College/NSWCRL Group 3)
14 Casey Burgess (Coolah Central School/NSWCRL Western Rams)
15 Scott Williams (Wingham High School/East Coast Dolphins)
16 Michael Barclay (Kirwin State High School/Townsville Stingers)
17 Tremayne Sanbrook (Farrer Agricultural High School/Northern Tigers)
T Wilson (9, 60), Barclay (21), Vogel (25), Hazard (44), Burgess (62)
G Hudson (6/7)
Sam Williamson (England)
Nathan Wilson (AIS)
Referee: Tom Crashley