Aussie students go 2-0 up
AUSTRALIAN Universities took a two-nil lead in the Ashes series with a 26-18 win over Great Britain Universities at Coffs Coast International Stadium yesterday.
It was a devastating start for the tourists down 10-0 after four minutes when fullback James Sullivan twice fumbled chip kicks in the in-goal to allow Australian tries.
"We planned to control the ball and put pressure on the Brits at the end of each set," national coach Steve Calger said.
"I didn't expect so much, so quickly.
"It was a dream start."
After being run over by sheer pace in the opening Test last week, British coach Paul Fletcher had planned to slow the Australian momentum.
"They made too much easy ground on us," he lamented.
"We had some joy when we got close early in the second half but with two late tries against us we couldn't match them."
Adding to the British woes surrounding Sullivan was a tour-ending injury to the custodian, stretchered off following a head clash late in the game.
The final Test is scheduled for July 19 in Brisbane.
AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES 26 (Paul Kelly 2, Dan Smith, Shane Belthan, Dave Touua tries; Clint Lovering 3 goals) def GREAT BRITAIN UNIVERSITIES 18 (Matt Mulholland, Stu Anderson, Nick Walker tries; Ian Gordon 3 goals).
Man of the Match: Chris McColl (Australia).