IT was almost a comeback to behold for Bathurst’s Rory Suttor and his Australian Schoolboys Rugby side last weekend when they narrowly lost to New Zealand Schools in Auckland.
The hosts got off to a red hot start to shoot out to a 22-3 lead at half time but the Australian Schoolboys fought back to level proceedings up at 22-all.
After a try against the run of play to NZ, Australia were able to hit back with a Ryan Lonergan penalty to make it 10-3, before the hosts kicked three penalties of their own plus a field goal before half-time.
Australia raced back into contention through Hunter Paisami, Matthew McTaggart and William Eadie tries.
The last of those came with the Kiwis having a player in the sin bin for interference in McTaggart’s try.
However, the comeback wasn’t to be as the Kiwis regained the lead in the final 10 minutes to take a 32-22 victory.
The win for NZ Schools gives them the Trans Tasman Shield for fourth consecutive year.