Souths Sydney’s trio of Australian Schoolboys played their part in the Australian Schoolboys’ crushing defeat of England Combined Regional Academies, by each scoring tries in an emphatic 86-6 victory at Derwent Park, Workington in the UK this week.
Under 20’s centre, Tevita Cottrell, grabbed himself a double, while John Olive and Nat Butcher also crossed the stripe in Australia’s opening game of a five-match tour of the UK.
Australia took an early lead 6-0 lead through Brock Lamb on his way to a double of his own, before Theerapol Ritson responded with the home team’s only try of the match.
The Academies faced a major setback as captain Brandon Moore of Castleford Tigers was forced off with an ankle injury after just four minutes and any momentum the home side wanted to build on was short-lived as Australia scored quick-fire tries to again go ahead.
Cottrell scored his double along with Olive, with Jayden Brailey, Jack Cogger and Mitchell adding to their tally to make it 38-6 at half-time in favour of the Australians.
Hame Sele scored in the first few minutes of the second half as the Schoolboys limited any opportunities for the Academies to gain any foothold.
Lamb then picked up his second of the evening, quickly followed by Mitchell’s second and third tries as the centre completed his hat-trick.
Nat Butcher added his name to the score-card in a flurry of tries courtesy of Jacob Liddle, Gideon Gela, Keegan Yorston and Joe Hambley.
The Schoolboys will face Wigan Warriors Academy on Saturday November 29 at Solid Strip Community Stadium, Wigan, and Leeds Rhinos Academy at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday December 2.
They will then play England’s Academy in two Test fixtures at Leigh Sports Village, Leigh on Saturday December 6 and Friday December 12 before travelling to France to play two fixtures to end their tour.
Australian Schoolboys 86 (Brock Lamb 2, Tevita Cottrell 2, Jayden Brailey, Jack Cogger, Latrell Mitchell 3, John Olive, Hame Sele, Jacob Liddle, Gideon Gela, Keenan Yorston, Connor Tracey, Nat Butcher, tries; Brock Lamb 8, Luciano Leilua 2, Jacob Host 1, goals)
England Combined Regional Academies 6 (Theerapol Ritson, try; Jordan Johnstone 1 goal).