The New Zealand Secondary Schools team recorded a convincing victory over the New South Wales Combined High Schools in Rotorua on Wednesday night.
The home side, which included three players from last year’s team in Johnny Falelua-Malio, Awatere Kiwara and Lotu Inisi, recorded a 44-4 win in the first game of a two-match series.
Up 14-0 at half-time, New Zealand lifted the intensity minutes into the second and ran away with the game, scoring a further five tries.
New Zealand Secondary Schools coach Duane Mann expressed his satisfaction at the result.
“I’m really happy that our boys kept them from scoring on multiple occasions although there was one try they managed to get in,” Mann said.
“We went out with the aim of moving the ball around a lot and that worked for our game.
“The team may have only had one and a half days training together but I think the performance out there tonight provides a good foundation for when we meet them again on Saturday,” he said.
The next time the two teams meet will be on Saturday October 7 at Mt Smart Stadium, the first game of the triple-header as part of the NZRL National Premiership Grand Final and promotion/relegation games.
NZ Secondary Schools 44 (Kayal Iro, Starford To’a 2, Awatere Kiwara, Sione Moala 2, Tom Ale, Nitoa Kairau tries; Sione Moala 6 goals) NSW Combined High Schools 4 (Tremayne Chatfield try).