Match Report: Australian Schools defeat Samoan Schools in opening match of tour

Australian Schools have defeated Samoan Schools 50-10 in the opening game of their four-match tour of Samoa and New Zealand. The visitors scored seven tries to one on a warm afternoon in Apia, securing Australia’s ninth consecutive victory over Samoa at schoolboy level. Australia looked to attack from the opening whistle and started the match quickly. Newington prop Opeti Helu split the line, before the ball was spread to centre James Armstrong who scored the opening try of the match. Scrumhalf Ryan Lonergan converted from out wide and added a penalty goal soon after to hand Australia a 10-0 lead. With the Samoans on the back foot, flyhalf Issac Lucas and powerful Victorian No.8 Sunia Finefeuiaki combined, creating space for Gregory Terrace winger William Eadie, who showed plenty of pace to score Australia’s second try. Eadie then chased down the Samoan fullback to save a certain try, but received a yellow card for his efforts. The home side crossed soon after, reducing the ga
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