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After going down to the Australian Schoolboys in the first of a two test series, the Junior Kiwis were determined to turn things around for their second encounter.
High expectations were placed upon the JK?s who selected a very talented 2005 squad and were in no way happy with their first performance, knowing they had so much more to offer.
They certainly did not fail to disappoint at Wynnum Manly last night (Saturday 30 July) when, in front of a great crowd, absolutely dominated the Aussies in every facet of the game running in try after try. The team was very strong right across the field.
Although the Australian Schoolboys put the first points on the board by converting a penalty, it did not take long for the JK?s to get into the flow of the game with damaging runs by all the forward pack. Players such as Sonny Fa?i, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Duan Poaneki and Sam Rapira made powerful runs and skipper Rapira set the platform for his team with some great off-loads.
The move for Greg Eastwood from the centres into Stand off for the second test proved to be the right one for the Junior Kiwis. Eastwoods decision making and setting up of outside backs was fantastic and his kicking game was outstanding earning him the player of the match award.
Quick runs from dummy half and great finishing from wingers Marvin Filipo and Iwi Hauraki, along with fullback Matthew Parata put the icing on the cake for the Kiwi boys and there was no way back for the Australians.
Drawing the 2005 series the match ended with a brilliant win to the JK?s 46 ? 8.
Junior Kiwis 46 Sonny Fa?i, Frank?Paul Nuuausala, Sam Rapira, Iwi Hauraki, Greg Eastwood, Marvin Filipo, Scott Jones, Joshua Davis (2) : Tries Issac Luke (1), Matthew Parata (1), Scott Jones (3) : Goals