Five Vodafone Warriors-contracted players scored all 20 points between them as the New Zealand Residents 18s beat the Australian Schoolboys 20-18 in the first of their two-match match series at Toll Stadium in Whangarei yesterday. Photo: Photosport


One of the try-scorers was centre Lafu Feagaiga, a Mangere East junior who scored five tries for the Vodafone Junior Warriors during their 2013 NYC campaign.


The other try-scorers were development players Nathaniel Roache, Matiu Love-Henry and Ofahiki Ogden while Brad Abbey kicked two conversions.


Roache is at Mount Albert Grammar School, Ogden at De La Salle College and Abbey at St Pauls College while Taupo-raised Love-Henry moved to Auckland late last year and went close to being called up to make his NYC debut this year. He played for the Fox Memorial-winning Point Chevalier Pirates in the Auckland club competition; while injury kept him out of the grand final the big prop won the rookie of the year title at the Auckland Rugby League annual awards dinner.


The New Zealand Residents 18s and the Australian Schoolboys meet again at Henham Park in Otahuhu at 12.45pm on Saturday.


In the early game at Toll Stadium the Queensland Academy beat the New Zealand Residents 16s 26-18. The two teams meet again at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura at 2.30pm on Thursday.


At Toll Stadium, Whangarei:


NZ Residents 16s 18 (H Penn, J Flavell, S Hannam tries; M Hingano goal; L Cummings 2 goals).

Queensland Academy 26 (L Lanskey 2, E Roberts, T Hope, K Palasia tries; L Spaander 3 goals).

Halftime: 6-6.

Referee: Kena Waikai.


NZ Residents 18s 20 (L Feagaiga, N Roache, M Love-Henry, O Ogden tries; B Abbey 2 goals).

Australian Secondary Schools 18 (C Taylor, N Davis, J Hastings, J Nikorima tries; N Davis goal)

Halftime: 16-8 New Zealand Residents 18s.

Referee: Aaron Donald.