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The New Zealand 16?s returned home yesterday (Sunday 9 October 2005) after a very successful tour of Sydney and Brisbane, Australia where they clocked up 3 wins from 3 games.
The 16?s played their final game when they played the Queensland Academy of Sport in 34 degree heat on Saturday 8 October at Stadium Toowoomba in what was their toughest match while touring Australia.
Down at halftime by 16 ? 8 the New Zealand 16?s were determined to fight back in the second half and after an inspired talk by captain, Russell Packer who would lead by example and set the team in good stead when he crossed the line shortly after the second half kick off.
Other forwards to make damaging yards were Wellington?s Mose Masoe and Constantine Mika who received the Player Of The Tour award after playing 3 fantastic games.
Half back Sioeli Makaui played a superb game setting his team in the right direction for a narrow win and earned himself player of the day.
It was a great honour for the whole squad to have Wayne Bennett visit them in their changing room after the game and commenting on what a brilliant team they have and how well they did playing against a team that have been together for 2 years and is the best of what Queensland has to offer in this age group.
The NZ16?s performed an honorary haka to all the Kiwis that gathered to the game to support them.
New Zealand 16?s 30 R. Packer, R. Bristow, M. Masoe, K. Bos, L. Price (2) : Tries R. Va?asa (3) : Goals
Queensland Academy 28
Halftime Score: 16 ? 8 To The Queensland Academy