NSW Country rugby league sides complete unbeaten tour of United Kingdom

WINNING: Dubbo CYMS junior Noah Ryan scored in the NSW Country under 18s' win over the Lions. Photo: NSW RUGBY LEAGUE
WINNING: Dubbo CYMS junior Noah Ryan scored in the NSW Country under 18s' win over the Lions. Photo: NSW RUGBY LEAGUE

NSW Country completed a dominant tour of the United Kingdom when scoring resounding wins over the England Community Lions West on the weekend.

The victories for both the Country 16s and 18s followed the powerful showings in Leeds last week, where wins over another Lions outfit and the Leeds Rhinos were recorded.

The points were piled on again against the Lancashire and Cumbria-based Lions in the early hours of Sunday morning (Australian time) and Western Rams juniors starred throughout.

Dubbo duo Braye Porter and Noah Ryan, in the 16s and 18s respectively, both scored tries while Jack Hartwig, Mackenzie Atkins, and Wellington duo Rylee Blackhall and Elijah Collis all stood out in the older age group.

The 16s scored a 62-6 win while the 18s recorded a 56-0 victory.

St John's junior Porter, again playing at fullback, showed his individual talent when scoring early in the 16s' victory.


His side led 24-0 at the break and things didn't slow down in the second stanza in St Helen's.

The Australian outfit scored three tries within the first eight minutes of the second stanza to completely take the game away from the hosts.

Parkes' Kyle Mawhinney got himself on the scoresheet before Porter showed his footwork and speed again soon after to get a second four-pointer.

The Lions got themselves on the board soon after that but the NSW Country side ran riot in the final minutes to complete to clinical showing.

The 18s were equally commanding.

The opening try for the Country side was all about the Western Rams.

Bathurst Panthers' Nathan Ward put through a grubber and rampaging Forbes back-rower Jack Hartwig motored through to plant the ball down.

Blackhall added the extras and the Cowboys' halfback ensured his side stayed on the front foot from there on.

Within 13 minutes the score was 14-0, with the visitors' third try scored by Dubbo CYMS' Ryan after a slick backline movement.

The Lions lifted and stuck it to Country for an extended period before Blackhall put his stamp on the game again by running across to score.

The leads grew to be 30-0 at the break.

Collis got in on the fun within five minutes of the restart, crossing under the posts to extend the lead.

The tries continued to flow and it was another Group 10 junior in Atkins who brought up the half century for his side as he reacted quickest to a Lions' dropped ball, scooped it up and crossed.

A late fracas saw a player from each side sin-binned but Country had the last say and scored again to complete a 56-0 result.

Blackhall booted four goals to go with his try.