IRB Pacific Rugby Cup kicks off with Australian teams winning first leg

Getty Images and James Mortimer     05 Mar 2013     Getty Images

The ACT XV scored six tries in the second half to record a comfortable 58-19 win on Friday, while the Reds College XV beat their Tongan opponents 24-3 at Ballymore on Saturday.

The other round one encounter between the Waratah A team and defending champions Fiji Warriors, which was due to be the curtain raiser to the Waratahs’ Super Rugby match with the Melbourne Rebels, was postponed due to inclement weather in Sydney.

The ACT XV squad featured 16 players contracted to the Brumbies Super Rugby side and they recovered from conceding an early try to tighthead prop Jake Grey to lead 22-14 at half time with Coleman touching down twice after scrum half Ian Prior’s opening try for the hosts.

Tries from centre Jordan Rapana, wing Tom Cox, second row Etienne Oosthuizen, captain and number 8 Fotu Auelua, prop Scott Sio and centre Tevita Kuridrani completed the win, with Grey the only point scorer for Samoa A in the second half.

Fly half Jono Lance was the standout performer for the Reds College XV, managing the match strong and contributing nine points to the cause by converting all three tries and after an earlier penalty.

In wet and windy conditions in Brisbane, Wallaby wing Rod Davies, prop Sam Denny and centre Rex Tapuai crossed for the Reds College XV’s tries in the opening round of this key IRB development tournament.

The IRB Pacific Rugby Cup continues on Thursday when Samoa A face the Sydney Academy, Tonga A travel to Viking Park to face the ACT XV and the Fiji Warriors tackle Brisbane Academy at Ballymore.