The King’s College at the University of Queensland have defeated the Chinese National Rugby Team, the Gladiators, 31-12.
Winger Jock Campbell crossed for two tries while lock Jack Cornelsen, centre Harry McNulty and hooker Campbell Wakely were all included on the scorer’s list.
China’s out-and-out pace created two tries for the match, both from long range.
King’s raced off to an electric start as flyhalf Ed Gibson fended off his opposite number with venom to break in to the backfield before linking with flyer Jock Campbell to race away untouched in the first minute of the clash.
China were straight back in to the game, slipping a tackle in midfield before finding themselves pounding on the King’s College door.
King’s absorbed the pressure and pilfered, clearing the kick with a renewed respect for the pace of the Chinese backline.
China took the lineout quickly, misjudging the speed with which Jock Campbell was closing.
One thumping tackle later and the ball flew backwards at pace, which Jack Cornelsen kindly put to rest for King’s second try of the evening.
King’s were quick to return, building pressure through the forwards before swinging wide for Ireland Sevens international Harry McNulty to fall over the line.
A great kick and chase from the Gladiators isolated Tom Kidston in the second half, turning the ball over before spreading wide to open their account.
Shanan Goodman struck back in the best possible way on the next phase, breaking the line before drawing defenders for a Sonny Bill Williams-esque offload to Kim Henderson outside, in turn drawing and passing to put Jock Campbell away for his second.
Campbell Wakely pick and drove over the line from close range to seal the victory but China’s sheer pace earned them a try in consolation.
King’s play the English Sevens-laden Samurai side at 1:05pm local time (3:05pm AEST) on Thursday.