With a drought-breaking win over their New Zealand counterparts the ultimate goal, the Australian Schools and U18 side fired in a warning shot in their tour-opening victory over Fiji.
The Australian side put on a clinic to down the Fijians 39-7 at Hilcrest High School on Thursday, to kick-start their tour of Aotearoa in perfect fashion.
It was a confidence-boosting win, and a similar showing against the New Zealand Barbarians on Monday will put the Australian side in good stead to snap their seven-year losing streak against the Kiwis’ top side.
The last time Australia won a trans-Tasman clash was way back in 2012, that 16-14 victory came on the latter side’s home soil too. The closest they’ve come since was a one-point defeat the year after, at Sydney’s Knox Grammar School.
Thursday’s tour-opening victory was led by Queensland winger Glen Vaihu, the Gregory Terrace flyer announcing himself as, potentially, the Australians’ most potent attacking weapon by crossin