AUSSIES KNOCK-OUT GRIFFITHS' MEN IN THE STUDENT WORLD CUP SEMI-FINALS
AUSTRALIA 42 WALES 10
Favourites Australia booked their place in the World Cup Final with a dominant performance to down Wales at Batley.
It brought the curtain down on a great tournament for the Welsh.
Despite Wales making a break up the slope and threatening to score on their first attack, it was Australia who made the breakthrough in the third minute as winger Josh Damen showed good pace to go over in the corner, Cameron Breust with a fine conversion.
Ten minutes later, the Kangaroos doubled their lead when stand-off Michael Gavan linked up well with Kristian Wonka to touch down between the sticks, Breust goaling.
Working the gradient, the Aussies piled on the pressure, tries from Gavan and Breust taking the score to 22-0 inside 25 minutes.
Scrum-half Breust who finished with 18 points, was the stand out player in the first half and, a minute before the break, his neat pass enabled Jamie Anderson to touch down in the corner.
Wales started the second half the better as they gained the advantage of going downhill but could not break through the solid Kangaroos defence as the score remained 26-0 in the third quarter.
Just after the hour, the current Home Nations champions opened their account, Jacob Morgan able to catch a Callum Bennett kick in the corner but he was unable to convert his own try.
Australia showed their class once again by responding immediately through Luke Muttdon as he scored two tries in quick succession both converted by Breust, taking the score to 38-4.
Man of the match, centre Anderson got his second try of the game on the 77th minute to cap off an excellent performance, especially by the Aussie forwards.
It was Wales who put the final points on the board as Osian Phillips broke through in the last play, Morgan converting.
Australian Head Coach Grant Stephenson was happy with the way his side qualified for the big stage.
“The boys have sacrificed time away from their families and friends in the past 15-16 months and it’s a big prize. We will do all we can to go and win it on Sunday.”
1. Shannon Norford 2. Josh Goulton 3. Jamie Anderson 4. Dave Sheehan 5. Josh Damen 6. Michael Gavan 7. Cameron Breust 8. Matt Holmes 9. Dan Mahoney 10. Isaak Ah Man 11. Gary Warburton 12. Kristian Wonka 13. Luke Muttdon
Substitutes: 14. Casey Bromilow 15. Nathan Lowrie 16. Darcy Wright 17. Cameron Copeland
Tries: Damen, Gavan 2, Breust, Anderson 2, Muttdon 2
Goals: Breust 5
17. Tom Hughes 6. Jacob Morgan 3. Simon Wright 18. Joel Knight 5. James Gavan 14. Louis Singleton 7. Scott Amber 13. Osian Phillips 9. Owain Griffiths 8. Izaak Duffy 4. Yannic Parker 11. Mike Ward 2. Christiaan Roets
Substitutes: 16. Mike Connor 15. Harrison Elliott 22. Callum Bennett 10. Callum Wilkinson
Tries: Morgan, Phillips
Half time: 26-0
Referee: Steve Addy