14th July 2017, 12:35 | university
England Universities bowed out of the Student World Cup at the semi-final stage in a 46-18 defeat to Australia earlier today.
Jamie Anderson scored a hat trick of tries for Australia as they progressed to Sunday's final against the Pacific Islands.
England were on top early on, but Anderson's tenth-minute try broke the deadlock.
An eight-point try was awarded after England's Jacob Morgan caught the tryscorer with a high tackle, Mick O'Keefe adding the penalty goal to make it 6-0.
But England were undeterred and Halifax RLFC's James Woodburn-Hall hit back for the visitors, scoring out wide after a pacy length-of-the-field set by England.
Elliot Hall starred for the University side
England bowed out at the semi-final stage
Ben Stead converted to make it 6-all but, after Stead missed a tough penalty attempt, Jack Peoples went under the posts, before Mick Pearsall got in to make it 16-6 going into the break with O'Keefe's goal.
Then, almost on the stroke of half time, a Giovanni Rapana break up the middle was finished off by Anderson to streak away for his second try under the posts.
O’Keefe converted to give Australia a handy 22-6 lead at the break.
England came out with more purpose to start the second half and established great field position for interchange hooker Lewis Lord to burrow over out of acting half from close range and bring scores back to 22-12 after Stead added the extras.
However, an English turnover in possession allowed Australia to set up for Pondekas to burst over wide out on the right to score. O’Keefe converted to extend the lead to 28-12.
England's main opportunity to launch a comeback was lost when bench forward James Mason lost the ball over the goal line with a try on in the 59th minute.
The Australians made the English pay when on their next set, a loose pass was swooped upon by speedy winger David Sheridan who bolted 55 metres to score the back breaking try. O’Keefe converted to put the Australians out of sight at 34-12.
The English never gave up trying and after a cross field kick was dropped by winger Brad Kislingbury with 12 minutes left, they were rewarded for their endeavour when Lord got out of acting half on their nex attacking set to send centre Jason Bass on a determined 60 metre burst to score. Stead converted to bring the score back to 34-18.
However, the Australians were not finished yet. First, Lee finished off a sweeping attack under the posts with seven minutes to play, before Anderson fielded a right sided cross field kick to complete his hat trick. O’Keefe converted both tries to complete the 46-18 triumph.
Australia Universities: Jarrod Lee, Davd Sherdian, Mick Pearsall, Jamie Anderson, Mick O'Keefe, Mackenzie Reid, Giovanni Rapana, Chris Ostwald, Sam Gee, David Faunuku, Harry Pondekas, Jack Peoples, Ryan Cameron. Subs: Keely Benson, Saeed Annewetey, Robert Tuliatu, Savern Rapana.
Tries: Jamie Anderson (10, 39, 78), Jack Peoples (30), Mick Pearsall (37), Harry Pondekas (48), David Sheridan (65), Jarrod Lee (73)
Goals: Mick O'Keefe 7/9
England Universities: Jacob Morgan, Brad Kislingbury, Jason Bass, Zack McComb, Elliot Hall, James Woodburn-Hall, Kieran Smith, Matt Ross, Sam Druce, Aaron Hall, Kieran Sherratt, Dom Bryan, Jack Lazenby. Subs: Harry Kidd, Josh Hamilton, Lewis Lord, James Mason.
Tries: James Woodburn-Hall (18), Lewis Lord (44), Jason Bass (70),
Goals: Ben Stead 3/4