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NZ schools supreme in series

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Tom Ale in action for NZ in the NZRL Secondary Schools v NSW Combined High Schools at Mt Smart Stadium on October 7, 2017 Photo: Fiona Goodall/photosport.nz
Tom Ale in action for NZ in the NZRL Secondary Schools v NSW Combined High Schools at Mt Smart Stadium on October 7, 2017 Photo: Fiona Goodall/photosport.nz

The New Zealand Secondary Schools secured another comfortable win over New South Wales Combined High Schools in the second and final clash of their series at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday.

After swamping the visitors 44-4 in the first match in Rotorua, the New Zealand team, coached by former Kiwi and Vodafone Warrior Duane Mann, was untroubled in a 52-6 triumph.

The New Zealanders may have fallen over in the second match of their campaign last year but this year it was all one-way traffic.

Victory was special for New Zealand wing Selesitino Ravutaumada, the Rotorua Boys' High School student scoring a hat-trick with some moments of brilliance.

Captain Jordan Riki also dipped his hand in the try-scoring pot after a magnificent 30-metre solo run to plant the ball in the right-hand corner.

Loose forward Javvier Pitovao put in some hard yards and was instrumental in setting up several of the New Zealand team's 10 tries.

The New South Wales team was once again plagued by unforced errors and dropped balls that prevented it from scoring until the final minutes of the game. 

 

MATCH DETAILS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

New Zealand Secondary Schools 52 (Selesitino Ravutaumada 3, Christian Tuipulotu, Awatere Kiwara, Jordan Riki, Samuel Nati, Starford Toa, Jonathon Aumua-Falelua-Malio, Patrick Elia tries; Konrad Tu'ua 6 goals).

New South Wales Combined High Schools 6 (Franklin Pele try; Chris Holten goal).