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NZ Schools win but injuries costly

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Lynn McConnell     19 Sep 2015     Getty Images

However, the injury woes that were felt before the game continued and within 15 minutes of the game's start, both hookers were out of the game, and face a nervous time to be assessed to find if they will be able to make the tour.

Brodie McAlister, from Shirley Boys' High School, suffered a high ankle sprain while his replacement Ben Power from Hutt International Boys' School suffered a shoulder injury.

Earlier, Tom Florence, the New Plymouth Boys' High School tight-loose forward was ruled out of the team during the week while the Umaga-Jensen boys, Peter and Thomas, were both rested due to minor injuries.

Playing into a strong wind in the first half, the NZ Schools went to the break ahead 5-3 when wing T J Vaega from Kelston Boys' High School scored a try in response to a penalty from Barbarians halfback Thomas Stewart from Feilding Agricultural High School.

In the second half Otago Boys' High School fullback Joshua Buchan crossed for a try while replacement back Wiseguy Faiane from Auckland Grammar kicked a penalty goal and then converted the try scored by Christchurch Boys' High School first five-eighths Joshua McKay.

St Paul's Collegiate hooker Samasoni Taukei'aho and wing Freedom Vaha'akolo, from Auckland Grammar, scored tries for the Barbarians in the second half.

Scorers: New Zealand Secondary Schools 20 (TJ Vaega, Joshua Buchan, Joshua McKay tries; Wiseguy Faiane con, pen) New Zealand Barbarians Schools 18 (Samasoni Taukei'aho, Freedom Vaha'akolo tries; Tom Stewart con, pen; Tiaan Falcon pen). HT: 5-3

New Zealand Schoolboys won the annual tournament last year, which was held in Porirua and four members of that team, Alex Fidow, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u and Losi Filipo have regained selection this year.

The side will play Samoa Schools, who have been invited to this year's tournament, in Brisbane on Thursday. On Monday, September 28 they will meet Australian Barbarians Schools in a 6pm game and the big game of the tour, against Australia Schools will be played at Ballymore at 6pm.