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NZRL Media Release - NSW too slick for NZ schoolboys


September 23, 2014

NZRL Media Release - NSW too slick for NZ schoolboys

Halfback Tye Barry wove his magic over the closing stages to propel his visiting New South Wales Combined High Schools to victory over NZ Secondary Schools 28-16 at Auckland’s Westlake Boys High School.

In a contest that swayed one way and then the other, the Australians finally broke that pattern with converted tries to wing Cayne Dockar-Clay and Barry that carried them 10 points clear of their rivals.

Kelston Boys High School fullback Peter Scanlan brought the locals back within a converted try and then had a chance to edge them closer, but his slip-pass with a two-man overlap travelled behind his team-mates and into touch.

With seconds counting down, Barry sealed the win for NSW, kicking down-field for a 40/20 and then delivering a back-handed pass to present Ryan King with his second try of the game.

The contest quickly developed into a quid pro quo affair, with the guests striking first through wing Daniel Brown, powerful NZ forward Brandon Nangaiti (Otahuhu College) responding and King grabbing his first try on the stroke of halftime for a 10-6 advantage.

Playing into a strong southerly wind over the second half, New Zealand were always battling against the odds and their opponents had a royal chance to bust the game open soon after the break, when Kurtis Langdon spilled the ball over the try-line.

Instead, Aorere College forward Lewis Soosemea put NZ ahead, probing across-field, before finding a gap in the defence.

But the Aussies struck back decisively, when Dockar-Clay caught the NZ defenders napping from a quick play-the-ball and then, from the kick-off, Barry split the line in midfield to race away for the decider.

His mastery in the final minute provided icing on the cake and helped him to Man of the Match honours.


Westlake Boys High School, Auckland

NSW Combined High Schools 28 (Ryan King 2, Daniel Brown, Cayne Dockar-Clay & Tye Barry tries; Barry 4 goals) NZ Secondary Schools 16 (Brandon Nangaiti, Lewis Soosemea & Peter Scanlan tries; Zion Ioka 2 goals): HT: 12-10

New Zealand: 1-Peter Scanlan (Keltson BHS), 2-Junior Pauga (Kelston BHS), 3-Eddie Wulf (Kelston BHS), 4-Charlie Kaipati (Kelston BHS), 5-Michael Saili-Motu (Manurewa HS), 6-Erin Clark (Manurewa HS), 7-Zion Ioka (Kelston BHS), 8-Nic Lui-toso (Kelston BHS), ), 9-Tyler Mohi (Aorere College), 10-Reuben Porter (Mt Albert Grammar), 11-David Tuisane (Manurewa HS), 12-Scott Tofa-Timoteo (St Paul's College), 13 Brandon Nangaiti (Otahuhu College), 14-Cyrus Timo-Latu (Aranui HS), 15-James Mafi (Kelston BHS), 16-Viliami Tosi (Rotorua BHS), 17-Beau Cordtz (St Paul's College), 18-Lewis Soosemea (Aorere College), 19-Tise Aivalu (Manurewa HS)

NSW Combined High Schools: 1-Harry Van Dartel (Dubbo College Senior Campus), Cayne Dockar-Clay (The Hills Sports High), 3-Kiah Cooper (Hunter Sports High), 4-Jack Murchie (Ulladulla High), 5-Daniel Brown (The Hills Sports High), 6-Kieran Hayman (The Hills Sports High), 7-Tye Barry (Farrer Memorial High), 8-Jarred Anderson (Hunter Sports High), 9-Corey Manicaros (Farrer Memorial High), 10-Cameron King (Westfields Sports High), 11-Liam Martin (West Wyalong High), 12- Ryan King (Figtree High), 13- Luke Marks (Hunter Sports High), 14-Jye Challenor (Westfields Sports High), 15- Zac Masters (Tumut High), 16- Marvin Slavin (The Hills Sports High), 17-Kurtis Langdon (Hunter River High), 18-Curtis Scott (Endeavour Sports High)

Referee – Chris McMillan; touch – Kiko Puhipi Hibbs & Antoinette Mudford


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