Australia have defeated the World Allstars to claim a 5-2 victory at Carseldine on Wednesday night.
The inaugural Allstars exhibition match featuring Kick It 9’s rules, showcased some of the best talent currently playing at our competitions.
Players were selected based on country of origin or family heritage dating back four generations.
The game highlighted the indigenous representation of players in the Australia side, while the World team was defined by six individual countries; England, New Zealand, Tonga, Italy, Sri Lanka and Croatia.
Under Kick It 9’s rules, teams took the field with 9 players and played on an extended field measuring 60m (wide) by 80m (long).
A bonus point try box was situated in each in-goal, while teams would receive a 7 touch set restart for kicks dead in-goal (identical to what is seen in the NRL). All other rules remained the same.
The hot start from World Allstars captain Elliot Petracci was on full display as he scooped up a loose ball and ran 75m to score the first points of the match.
As the players settled into the match, the play began to open up. A combination of direct rucking early in the set, before consistent spreads helped generate positive field possession for both teams.
The Australian team began to turn the screws by forcing repeat goal-line drop outs, resulting in a glut of possession to bring their first points.
LGM’s Jackson Paton made a quick dummy half scoot inside the 10m before passing a low ball to Slap Happy’s Emmie Folan-Murphy to score.
The pain was compounded shortly after with a long range kick try to Australian speedster Corey Pocock.
In the space of three minutes, the scores were 3-1 as we closed in on half time.
Fatigue proved a factor entering the second half as teams rolled the subs more regularly.
Australia middles Lachie Carmichael and Jake Coolwell proved elusive and dangerous with the ball in hand, while Eliza Mooney helped straighten up the attack.
A solid kicking game was key with field possession worth its weight in gold as handling errors began to creep into the match.
As the World Team were resigned to starting their sets deep inside their own half, rucking became pivotal.
A strong, direct rucking sequence by Rampage’ Antony Tatkovic and Joeys’ Mason Hasselmeyer providing the answer through the middle.
It was all in vane as Corey Pocock broke the second half deadlock with a long range bonus point try to give Australia a 5-1 lead.
The World’s main men in Tatkovic and Hasselmeyer combined with a nice inside ball to give their side a late consolation try.
Australian Allstars def World Allstars 5-2 Australia – Corey Pocock (2), Emmie Folan-Murphy | Assists – Jackson Paton World XII – Elliot Petracci, Mason Hasselmeyer | Assists – Antony Tatkovic Players of the match – Corey Pocock & Lachie Carmichael Best and Fairest – Elliott Petracci.