SAN Diego, Calif. – The Australian Indigenous U20 team continued their winning trend on their south western USA tour Wednesday night, with a hard fought 41-34 win over a tenacious San Diego State XV at the University complex.
The American college came out with guns blazing and scored in the first five minutes after some powerful forward play. The hosts continued to make ground through good work from their well-balanced teamwork and energized approach to the game.
The Australians eventually scored in the 18th minute of play through try scoring winger Nathaniel Tamwoy, who finished off a promising break from pivot Brendon Trudgeon. The Australian backline repeatedly demonstrated that speed and quickness of pass were always going to trouble the College students. Further tries to John Badham, Lionel Anau and a second to Tamwoy pushed the Aussies out to a 22-5 lead. At the stroke of halftime, a great charge down and kick through from the Aztecs resulted in a converted try for a halftime 22-12 deficit.
The Australians appeared jaded after their arduous tour schedule and the locals came out after halftime with a three try haul in the ensuing 20 minute period to take the lead at 29-22. The Australian coaches began to rotate some more experienced players into the mix and were able to get some field position that resulted in a good try to Daniel Chui-Clark after a powerful driving maul. Just three minutes later Indigenous man-mountain and eight man Leonard Snowball reached long and hard to get one over the line after another searching run.
The Americans still sniffed an upset, and replied with a solid try of their own to make the score 36-29 in favor of the visitors. Star center JR Morgan backed up well in support of a wide line break to extend the lead to 41-29. Not to be outdone the local college managed to find the line again to shrink the lead to just seven as the hooter sounded for fulltime and a final score line of 41- 34.
San Diego State deserves many accolades for a very fine effort against a strong Australian team that is now 4-0 on tour. Again the Aussie midfielders of Trudgeon and Morgan controlled the game enough for victory. For San Diego State flyhalf Austin Switzer was outstanding, along with the team’s front row combination.