Australian Schools: Hewat’s Aussies well-placed to end seven-year drought against New Zealand

By Matt Findlay; Photo: Getty Images via Rugby AU It’s been a long time since the Australian Schools and U18 side have beaten their New Zealand counterparts and head coach Pete Hewat said even with limited preparation his side’s in good shape to end their monumental drought this week. Come kick-off at St Paul’s Collegiate School on Friday afternoon it will be almost exactly seven years - two days shy, in fact - since the Aussies last won a trans-Tasman Test, that 16-14 win coming on October 6 of 2012. A one-point defeat in 2013 is the closest they’ve come since, but after that the Aussies haven’t managed to get within 10 points of their traditional rivals. With a strong, albeit limited, preparation under their belts this year and back-to-back wins in the lead-up to Friday’s epic, Hewat’s hopeful his side will “be on the right side of the ledger” this time around. While many coaches would avoid the topic or dismiss it, Hewat admitted breaking that drough