AIG MCAAs open Tour with win against Darling Downs

TOOWOOMBA, Queensland - The AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans secured their first victory of the Tour to Queensland sponsored by WellDog Saturday, a 31-17 defeat of a Darling Downs representative side at Gold Park.

Mason Pedersen put the MCAAs on the board following two tries from Darling Downs in the opening 10 minutes. Capped Eagle Deion Mikesell dotted down to level the score - and added a yellow card at the end of the first frame - with the age-grade national team playing a free-flowing attack similar to that of the senior side. Half backs Nick Boyer and Conor Kearns ran the show more than effectively; the fly half set up a Tua Laei try late in the first half with a cross-field kick to extend the team's lead to 24-12, an advantage it into halftime.

The MCAAs enjoyed the majority of possession in the match, and would have had a larger margin of victory had turnovers and costly errors not caused several try-scoring opportunities to go begging. The coaching staff, led by Gavin Hickie, will highlight that fact in the review session prior to the team's next match against Brothers Rugby Football Club Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The replay of Saturday's match will be made available on the Tour Facebook page.

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | v. Darling Downs Select Side

1. Chance Wenglewski

2. Chad Gough

3. Mason Pedersen

4. Malon Al-Jiboori

5. Matt Jensen

6. Wes Hartmann

7. Aladdin Schirmer (C)

8. Vili Helu

9. Nick Boyer

10. Conor Kearns

11. Deion Mikesell

12. Cody Melphy

13. Bryce Campbell

14. Vetekina Malafu

15. Tua Laei

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | 31

Tries: Pederson, Mikesell, Helu, Laei, Whiting

Conversions: Kearns, Audsley

Darling Downs Select Side | v. AIG MCAAs

1. Jack Cook

2. Sam Hogarth

3. Brett Corish

4. Sonny Power (C)

5. Sam Tweedy

6. Lachlan Tulloch

7. John Vinson

8. Tom Simpson

9. Will Gilbert

10. Andrew Turner

11. Zac Boland

12. Harry Hawker

13. Cameron Griffin

14. Nick Poole

15. Mic Jamieson

Darling Downs Select Side | Reserves

16. Brett Huth

17. Baci Wilson

18. Matt Roberts

19. Robert Patterson

20. Luke Johnston

21. John Moloney

22. Steve McVeigh

23. Eric Donaldson

24. Paul Maguire

25. Dan Ostwald

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Tour to Queensland sponsored by WellDog

v. Darling Downs Select Side - W 31-17

v. Brothers Rugby Football Club - Wednesday, Aug. 10 @ 4 a.m. ET

v. Queensland Premier Barbarians - Saturday, Aug. 13 @ 5:30 a.m. ET