YOUNG RHINOS SECURE HISTORIC WIN
Eight young Rhinos were part of the England Academy team that recorded the first ever win over Australia Schoolboys on home soil following a 33-24 victory on Saturday.
Eight young Rhinos were part of the England Academy team that recorded the first ever win over Australia Schoolboys on home soil following a 33-24 victory on Saturday. David Lyon’s Under-18 side had drawn their Test Series with New Zealand 1-1 before heading over the Tasman, but ensured a historic win in their one-off clash with the Australian starlets. The triumph – at St Mary’s in Penrith – continues their improving form against the previously invincible Australian Schoolboys, following a 2-0 Test Series victory in 2002. Rhinos John Gallagher and Joel Tomkins helped England into a 12-0 lead, although the Australians hit back with three scores to take a six-point cushion into the break. England, though, came back strongly in the second period, with Matt Cook and Harrison Hansen scoring tries and Rhinos’ Lee Smith kicking two more goals and a drop goal to give them a 25-18 lead. Australia again responded, and a converted try cut the gap to one point before Cook claimed his second try and dual-code Leeds international David Doherty sealed the win four minutes from time. "We are absolutely over the moon," said Lyon. "They have worked very hard to get to this point. "It was a terrific team effort. They all stuck to the game plan, and I’m very proud of them."