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Australian Schoolboys 62 v 12 BARLA Great Britain Young Lions Manly, Sydney
Despite a brave performance the BARLA Great Britain Young Lions went down 62-12 to the outstanding Australian Schoolboys.
The hosts surged into a 16-0 lead with just 20 minutes gone, however, the Young Lions deserve tremendous credit for a battling display.
Scott Farmer crossed to open BARLA's account after 29 minutes and with hooker Paul Crook adding the extras the game was very much alive.
However, two quick scores from the Schoolboys just before the interval opened up a 28-6 lead and from there on the result was never in doubt.
The pace and power of the Schoolboys began to tell after the break and they scored at regular intervals during the second half. But the Young Lions also had some joy, as they added a further try from Milford's Richard Hulme.
Young Lions coach Carl Briscoe was proud of the effort from his side. He said, "It was a creditable performance even though the score line was one-sided. It was only 16-6 with five minutes to go till half time and I think that surprised most people.
He added, "For the second game running the whole squad has shown tremendous effort and enthusiasm and there was definitely an improvement from the first game.
Assistant coach Steve Hunt was also proud of the display. He said, "Australia were a very strong and fit side, but I was impressed with our performance. We competed well and surprised them on may occasions with some neat passages of play and crunching tackles."
Australian Schoolboys 1. Greg Inglis (Wavell State HS) 2. Joel Rapana (Palm Beach Currumbin SHS) 3. Steven Michaelson (Palm Beach Currumbin SHS) 4. Peewee Moke (Endeavour Sports HS) 5. Michael Lett (Sarah Redfearn HS) 6. Michael Bond (Wavell State HS) 7. Blake Green (Westfields SHS) 8. Cy Lassock (Dickson College) 9. Luke Jay (Erindale College) 10 Nathan Armit (Westfields SHS) 11 Steven McLean (Erindale College), 12 Rhys Lovegrove (Endeavour SHS), 13 Kade Snowden (Hunter SHS) SUBS: 14 Michael Dobson (Erindale College) 15 Frank Winterstein (Endeavour SHS) 16 Juinior Moors (Patrician Brothers College Blacktown) 17 Daniel Backo (Palm Beach Currumbin SHS)
BARLA GB Young Lions 1. Carl Redford (Leigh East) 2. Danny Kirmond (Stanley Rangers) 3. Adrian Mulcahy (Eastmoor Dragons) 4. Luke Lee (Milford Marlins) 5. Scott Lofthouse (Kells) 6. Liam Morley (Thornhill Trojans) 7. Martin Ridyard (Leigh Miners Rangers), 8. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (London Broncos) 9. Paul Crook (Capt.) (Blackbrook) 10. Luke Brindley (East Hull), 11. Stuart Martin (Widnes St Maries) 12. Chris Tyrer (Blackbrook) 13. Scott McAvoy (Hensingham) SUBS: 14. Stephen Grundy (Wigan St Judes) 15. Scott Farmer (Kells) 16. Richard Hulme (Milford Marlins) 17. John Boland (Wigan St Judes)
Australian Schoolboys: Steven McLean BARLA GB Young Lions: Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
Game 1 Monday 9th August BARLA 10 v 52 Qld Secondary Schools' Invitational XIII Aspley RLFC
Game 2 Saturday 14th August BARLA 12 v 62 Australian Schoolboys Manly, Sydney
Game 3 Wednesday 18th August BARLA v NSWCHS Kick Off 18:00hrs
Game 4 Saturday 21st August BARLA v NSW Combined Country Catholic Colleges Kick Off TBA
Game 5 Wednesday 25th August BARLA v Northern Territory Kick Off TBA
Game 6 Saturday 28th August BARLA v The Emerging States Kick Off TBA