The Australian Schoolboys came from behind to beat AJ Pallet Ba River 19-15 in a thrilling final Pool C match in the Youth Division of the McDonald’s Coral Coast 7s at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka today.
Winger Josateki Vale got the first try for Ba as they led 5-0.
A set piece from Josefa Qio and Mikaele Jope sent a long pass to an unmarked RKS Under 18 star Mosese Taramecequ who barged over the try line for their second try and the conversion was unsuccessful.
Minutes before the half time break, Australia managed to bounce back with a try from Captain Aden Ekanayake who ran to his breath from the centre and he converted.
AJ Pallets Ba River led narrowly 10-7 at the break.
The Australians came out firing in the second spell with an early try from James McGregor who beat two Fijian tackles and converted his own try for a 14-10 lead.
A forward pass from Hadley Tonga saw an advantage play awarded to Ba River and Meli Tuvusa made no mistake with his kick and chase play to put the Fijians up ahead with a try while his conversion failed.
Australia applied pressure in the final minute of play and a mistake in the Fijian backline opened up space for Ekanayake and he scored the winner and converted to seal the win.
In another match, Southland Dominion Brothers lost to Ralagi 7s 14-5.