England Combined Regional Academies 6
Australian Schoolboys 86

The Australian Schoolboys kicked off their tour of England and France with a comprehensive victory over the England Combined Regional Academies at Derwent Park, Workington on Wednesday evening.

Sydney Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell picked up a hat-trick of tries to add to a brace of tries each from Brock Lamb (Newcastle Knights) and Tevita Cottrell (South Sydney Rabbitohs).

Nine other Australian players got on the scoresheet with Workington Town full-back Theerapol Ritson scoring the Academy team’s only try of the evening.

Despite the defeat, Combined Regional Academies coach Dave Clark said there were plenty of positives to take out of the game which saw the North West, North East and Midlands Academies combine for an historic fixture.

“I can’t fault the boys at all,” said Clark. “There were a lot of positives. We had two great camps and they gave their best.

“There were no heads down and no fault in effort at all. Our bench players wanted to get back on the field, which was pleasing to see.

“They could have easily sit down and not bothered, so it shows the character of the players and they were really keen to get out there and have this experience.

“Our two props were 17-years-old, we had players from the Midlands and North East which are regions which are not famous for Rugby League.

“But this is what the regional Academies are all about. It’s a big achievement for them. We are reaching our targets with players going on to play at a higher level.

“It’s something the players will never forget, it was a great opportunity for them to play against the Australian kids.
“And it’s a great reward for the three regions to come together and make history playing a game against a touring side.”

Australia took an early lead 6-0 lead through Lamb before Ritson replied as he was fastest to react to his own grubber kick on the last tackle.

The Academies faced a major setback as captain Brandon Moore of Castleford Tigers was forced off with an ankle injury after just four minutes and any momentum the home side wanted to build on was short-lived as Australia scored quick-fire tries to go ahead once more.

Cottrell scored twice with Jayden Brailey, Jack Cogger, Mitchell and John Olive adding to their tally to make it 38-6 at half-time.

Hame Sele scored in the first few minutes of the second half as the Schoolboys limited any opportunities for the Academies to gain any sort of foothold.

Lamb picked up his second of the evening and this was quickly followed by Mitchell’s second and third tries as the centre completed his hat-trick.

Substitute Jacob Liddle, full-back Gideon Gela, Keegan Yorston, Joe Hambley and Nat Butcher each added tries to cap what was a dominant Schoolboys display.

The Schoolboys will face Wigan Warriors Academy on Saturday November 29 at Solid Strip Community Stadium, Wigan, and Leeds Rhinos Academy at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday December 2.

They will then play England’s Academy in two Test fixtures at Leigh Sports Village, Leigh on Saturday December 6 and Friday December 12 before travelling to France to play two fixtures to end their tour.

England Combined Regional Academies (Academy, community club and professional club in brackets)

Theerapol Ritson (Cumbria, Workington, Ellenborough Rangers)
Joseph Hambley (Cumbria, Barrow, Ulverston)
Shane Toal (Cumbria, Barrow, Ulverston)
Hanley Dawson (Cumbria, Gloucester All Golds, Millom)
Lewis Davey (North East, Gateshead, Cramlington Rockets)
Alexander Bielby (North East, Durham Tigers)
Jordan Johnstone (Cumbria, Kells)
Ben Gray (Midlands, London Broncos, Leicester Storm)
Brandon Moore (Cumbria, Castleford Tigers, Ellenborough Rangers)
Sam Luckley (North East, Gateshead, Walton Eagles)
Daniel Bleek (North East, Gateshead, Peterlee Pumas)
Matt Davies (Midlands, London Broncos, Leicester Storm)
Calum Farrer (Cumbria, Wath Brow Hornets).

Dylan Bale, Midlands (Coventry Bears, Leicester Storm)
Lewis Thompson (North East, Cramlington Rockets)
Trae O’Sullivan (Midlands, Coventry Bears)
Patrick Hargreaves (North East, Whitley Bay Barbarians)
Zach Clark (North East, Gateshead, Jarrow Vikings)

Australian Schoolboys (school and professional club in brackets)

Gideon Gela (Kirwan State High School Townsville QLD, North Queensland Cowboys)
Braden Robson (St Francis Xavier College Hamilton NSW, Newcastle Knights)
Tevita Cottrell (Patrician Brothers College Blacktown NSW, South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Latrell Mitchell (Marist College Pagewood NSW, Sydney City Roosters)
John Olive (Endeavour Sports High School Caringbah NSW, South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Jayden Brailey (Acquinas Catholic College Menai NSW, Cronulla Sharks)
Brock Lamb (St Mary’s College Maitland NSW, Newcastle Knights)
Luciano Leilua (Endeavour Sports High School Caringbah NSW, St George-Illawarra Dragons)
Jack Cogger (Mackillop Catholic College Warnervale NSW, Newcastle Knights)
Oliver Clark (Terra Sancta College Schofields NSW, Penrith Panthers)
Tom Amone (The Hills Sports High School Seven Hills NSW, Parramatta Eels)
Hame Sele (Kingsgrove High School Kingsgrove NSW, St George-Illawarra Dragons)
Ashleigh Nisbet (St Gregory’s College Cambeltown NSW, Cronulla Sharks)

Connor Tracey (Woolooware High Woolooware NSW, Cronulla Sharks)
Jacob Liddle (Wadalba Community School Wadalba NSW, West Tigers)
Tyrell Fuimaono (Patrician Brothers College Blacktown NSW, Parramatta Eels)
Nat Butcher (Macellin College Randwick NSW, South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Keegan Hipgrave (Palm Beach Currumbin State High School Palm Beach QLD, Brisbane Broncos)
Keenan Yorston (Wavell State High School Wavell Heights QLD, Cronulla Sharks)
Jacob Host (De la Salle College Revesby Heights NSW, St George Illawarra Dragons)

England Combined Regional Academies 6 (T: Ritson; G: Johnstone 1),

Australian Schoolboys 86 (T: Lamb 2, Cottrell 2, Brailey, Cogger, Mitchell 3, Olive, Sele, Liddle, Gela, Yorston, Tracey, Butcher; G: Lamb 8, Leilua 2, Host 1).

Attendance: 561