Sam Walker starred for the Australian Schoolboys in their 36–20 win over the Junior Kiwis at Dolphin Stadium.
The Roosters-bound halfback was involved in four of the Schoolboys’ six tries, setting up three and scoring one himself.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow opened the scoring for Australia in the third minute before Kiwis fullback Starford To’a levelled the scores four minutes later.
The Schoolboys extended their lead to 12 heading into the break thanks to Reece Walsh, who pounced on a Walker grubber to score and then set up his captain Jackson Topine five minutes later.
A minute into the second half, Kiwis centre Kayal Iro crossed to get his side back into the contest.
Max Feagai scored shortly after for Australia, on the receiving end of a brilliant Jack Howarth offload.
Howarth himself scored minutes after that, diving on to a Walker grubber to extended the Schoolboys’ lead to 20.
The Kiwis threatened a comeback late in the game, with winger Selestino Ravutaumada scoring in the 63rd minute.
They backed it up instantly with a superb length of the field try off the kick off to To’a, who backed up a brilliant run by prop Etuale Lui.
The comeback was not to be as the Schoolboys held firm, Walker scoring in the final minutes to secure the victory.
Howarth, who is contracted to the Melbourne Storm, was named the Man of the Match.
Australian Schoolboys 36 (Max Feagai, Jack Howarth, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Jackson Topine, Sam Walker, Reece Walsh tries; Reece Walsh 6 goals) def. Junior Kiwis 20 (Starford To’a 2, Kayal Iro, Selestino Ravutaumada tries; Sione Moala 2 goals) at Dolphin Stadium. Man of the Match: Jack Howarth (Australian Schoolboys).