Tuesday's Expert Wrap - Rep Weekend

A big weekend of rep fixtures is now in the bag - although the debate about the weekend's placement and the relevance of some matches will rage, there was some great footy played regardless.

On Friday the Women's All Stars were too good for their Indigenous Women's counterparts, 24-0 victors in the first match of the weekend. This was played as a curtain raiser to the Rugby League Test, where Australia overcame a slow start to down New Zealand 30-18, having trailed 18-12 at halftime. Saturday saw a smorgasbord of footy at Penrith's Sportingbet Stadium, with the key fixtures seeing the NSW Blues win Under 20's State of Origin 30-8 over Queensland, then Samoa surged ahead of Fiji 32-16 to qualify for this year's Four Nations tournament.

Sunday saw the much-maligned Country v City Origin clash take place in Dubbo, with the City boys rallying late - coming from 26-10 down with ten remaining to draw 26-all.

Below we have a look at how the rep weekend played out...


Australia Kangaroos 30 New Zealand Kiwis 18
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Crowd: 25459
Halftime Score: Australia Kangaroos 12 New Zealand Kiwis 18

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Johnathan Thurston
2 points - Brett Morris
1 point - Dean Whare

AUSTRALIA KANGAROOS (30)
Tries: Greg Bird, Brett Morris (2), Greg Inglis, Cooper Cronk
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (5/5)

NEW ZEALAND KIWIS (18)
Tries: Jesse Bromwich, Tohu Harris, Sam Moa
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (3/3)

Match Report: Roos outlast plucky Kiwi surge - Annelise Fagan


New South Wales U20's Blues 30 Queensland U20's Maroons 8
Venue: Sportingbet Stadium Penrith
Halftime Score: New South Wales Blues 18 Queensland Maroons 4

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jake Mamo
2 points - Mitchell Moses
1 point - Kaysa Pritchard

NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES (30)
Tries: Tyrone Phillips, Jake Mamo (3), Sione Mata'utia
Conversions: Clinton Gutherson (5/5)

QUEENSLAND MAROONS (8)
Tries: John Folau, Luke Bateman
Conversions: Brendan Elliott (0/2)

Match Report: Blues make it 3 in a row - Aaron Thomas


Fiji Bati 16 Toa Samoa 32
Venue: Sportingbet Stadium Penrith
Crowd: 9063
Halftime Score: Fiji Bati 16 Toa Samoa 12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Penani Manumalealii
2 points - Daniel Vidot
1 point - Carlos Tuimavave

FIJI BATI (16)
Tries: Kevin Naiqama, Lote Tuqiri, James Storer
Conversions: Lote Tuqiri (2/3)

TOA SAMOA (32)
Tries: Penani Manumalealii (3), Carlos Tuimavave, Daniel Vidot
Conversions: Krisnan Inu (5/5)
Penalty Goals: Krisnan Inu (1/1)

Match Report: Samoa qualify for Four Nations - Aaron Thomas


Country Origin 26 City Origin 26
Venue: Dubbo Apex Club Caltex Park
Crowd: 9627
Halftime Score: Country Origin 16 City Origin 10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jarrod Mullen
2 points - Daniel Tupou
1 point - David Mead

COUNTRY ORIGIN (26)
Tries: David Mead (2), Kevin Gordon, Jamal Idris, James McManus
Conversions: Tyrone Roberts (3/5)

CITY ORIGIN (26)
Tries: Josh Reynolds, Daniel Tupou (2), Andrew Fifita, William Hopoate
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (3/5)

Match Report: Honours shared in Country-City rep clash - Tim Costello


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