Sun, Jun 24, 2007 - Page 22 News List

Fiji, Australia A finish match in Suva all square

AP , SUVA, FIJI AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Winger Lachlan Turner's try with four minutes left gave Australia A a 14-14 draw with Fiji in the teams' final Pacific Nations Cup rugby match yesterday.

Clinton Schifcofske's conversion attempt from the corner which would have given Australia A the lead went wide, leaving the scores tied.

Winger Filimone Bolavucu's second try of the match -- a length-of-the-field intercept -- gave Fiji a 14-9 lead with 13 minutes remaining after Fiji led 7-3 at half-time in the mistake-ridden match.

"We were disappointing in the number of errors we made and the number of half breaks and breaks we didn't capitalize on," Australia A coach Laurie Fisher said. "Sometimes it was our option taking, sometimes our execution and chasing, it was a whole range of things."

second-place finish

Australia A, beaten 50-0 last week by the tournament-champion Junior All Blacks, finished the six-country competition with three wins, a draw and a loss and in second place. Fiji finished with a win, one draw and three losses.

Samoa hosts Tonga at Apia and the Junior All Blacks play Japan at Tokyo today to close out the tournament. The Junior All Blacks will be bidding for their fifth straight bonus-point win.

training squad

Four players who competed in club rugby matches yesterday and five from the Australia A squad were named yesterday in the Wallabies' 32-man training squad for their Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand.

Australia, who play the All Blacks next Saturday in Melbourne, will name their team on Wednesday.

Props Benn Robinson and Al Baxter, and backs Mark Gerrard and Sam Cordingley will join the squad in Melbourne tomorrow after playing club matches. Australia A representatives Berrick Barnes, Rodney Blake, Ryan Cross, David Lyons and Hugh McMeniman will also join the squad.

Australia A lock James Horwill will join the squad in Melbourne despite being ruled out of yesterday's match with an ankle injury.

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