England complete series win

(Photo: rugby-league.com)

The England Academy have won their 2-game series against the Australian Schoolboys with an 18-6 win at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

After trailing 6-2 early, England fought back to take a 16-6 half time lead, thanks to a double to fullback Jack Welsby.

A penalty goal just after the break by halfback Harry Smith extended the lead to 12, with England holding the tourists out for the final 30 minutes.

The series win is the England Academy’s first over the Australian Schoolboys since 2010.

England Academy 18 (Jack Welsby 2 tries; Harry Smith 5 goals) def. Australian Schoolboys 6 (Starford To’a try; Stephen Crichton goal) at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

England Academy: Jack Welsby, Innes Senior, Cameron Scott (c), Harry Newman, Tom Nisbet, Callum McLelland, Harry Smith, Oliver Wilson, Corey Johnson, Ethan Havard, Sam Walters, Owen Trout, Morgan Smithies. Interchange: Muizz Mustapha, Loui McConnell, Tom Holroyd, Joe Shorrocks. Coach: Dave Elliot.
Australian Schoolboys: Zac Cini, Stephen Critchon, Bradman Best, Starford To’a, Jason Saab, Jock Madden (c), Tom Dearden, Ratu Nanovo, Ryan Gray, Jayden Tanner, Juwan Compain, Matthew Doorey, Tommy Talau. Interchange: Max Altus, Matthew Dragisic, Jalaz Bazzaz, Franklin Pele. Coach: Tony Adam.

Read more: https://www.rugby-league.com/article/54084/england-academy-secure—series-win-over-australia-schoolboys

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