In hot and humid conditions at Churchill Park Lautoka, the Australian Universities played the first match of its 2019 Fiji Tour on 14 October against University of South Pacific, defeating their host 58-0.
The hot conditions forced the game into four 20 minute quarters and in the opening stanza both sides struggled for momentum, coming up with simple errors. However,after 10 minutes the Aussies were able to open their account scoring from a scrum, shifting the ball wide for left winger Jake Sparey to go over in the corner. At the end of the first quarter the visitors led 4-0.
Good quick hands early in the second quarter allowed Sam Collins to crash over wide out and a long range conversion by Dylan Izzard put the Aussies ahead 10-0. Soon after some good inside/out play ended with Matt Sheppard running into a hole to score close to the posts and just before half time a slick passing movement saw Sean Dermba crash over in the corner. Izzard was successful with all conversions and the Aussies went to break in front 24-0.
The third quarter started well for the tourists with Dermba crossing early on for his second try and soon after a dropped ball by USP gifted Jack Miers a try under the posts. The Aussies were playing with plenty of confidence and nearing the end of the quarter Declan Morrissy busted through several tackles to score. Australia in front 40-0.
The final quarter saw Matt Butler, Miers and Collins all score tries to help give the Aussies a comfortable 58-0 victory. The home side never gave up and displayed plenty of potential for improvement as the game continues to develop in Fiji.
AURL 58 (Tries: Jake Sparey 2, Sam Collins 2, Sean Dermba 2, Matt Sheppard, Jack Miers, Declan Morrissy, Matt Butler; Goals: Dylan Izzard 6/7, Jack Miers 3/3) defeated USP 0
Players’ Player: Jack Miers
1. Dylan Izzard (ACU)
2. Jake Sparey (Griffith Uni-Logan)
3. Declan Morrissey (ACU)
4. Sam Collins (QUT)
5. Nick O’Meley (Wyong TAFE)
6. Jack Miers (Aus Trade College)
7. Ryan Cameron (Uni of Qld)
8. Jack Brock (Central Qld Uni)
9. Alec Bush (West Syd Uni)
10. Matt Butler (Griffith Uni)
11. Royce Tout (Mac Uni)
12. Trent Peoples (Uni of W’gong)
13. Dalton Phillips (Mooloobah TAFE)
14. Max Sellars (QUT)
15. Harrison Graham (QUT)
16. Sean Dermba (Griffith College)
17. Jack Cross (Uni of W’gong)
18. Matt Sheppard (Uni of W’gong)
19. Harrison Leonard (QUT)
Coach: Todd Edwards
Training Staff: Grant Stephensen (Asst Coach), Mitch Chad (Physio), Ryan Elson, Adam Meridith
Manager: Bob Henderson