Full Match Report
South Africa have ended their first Australian tour in 52 years with a heavy defeat to international league minnows Niue.
In atrocious conditions at Campbelltown Stadium, the Rhinos were never really in the hunt as they crashed 48-4 to a Niue combination inspired by former Sydney Rooster Albert Talipeau.
And it was a family affair, with brothers Wes and George Lolo getting a try each – as did siblings Kurt and Justin Bernard.Justin, who plays for Altona in the Victorian Rugby League, crossed after only a couple of minutes and by halftime Niue led 28-0. South Africa had no answer to attack that was slick despite the wet and slippery conditions.
The Rhinos – who beat the Philippines last week – finally troubled the scorers when big prop Attie Joubert crashed over in the 54th minute.
“This is still a great opportunity for us and I can’t wipe the smile off my face,” said Rhinos captain Jean Coeter.
Jaice Terblanche (Bethal Broncos), Ronald Botes, Rudolph Prinsloo, Andries van der Merwe, Marcell Viljoen (all Brakpan Bears), Darren Dereuk (Carina), Halvor Harris (Cowboys), Jean-Di Oosthuysen, Brandon Snell (both Middelburg Tigers), Jean Coetzer (Pretoria East Rabbitohs), Shane Gilham (Titans), Dwayne Botma, Ruan du Preez, Attie Joubert, Johan Joubert, Nardus Raubenheimer, Rupert Wells (all TUKS), Gideon Mzembe (West Arana)
Tristan Alvarado, Justin Bernard, Mike Filimona, Savu Folau, Robin Hunuki, Marcel Ikinofo, Sumica Kaifoto, Nephi Kapinga, George Lolo, Wes Lolo, Zeb Luisi, Lolu Ma'u, Manuel Ngawaka, Gavin Patuki, Cyruss Payne, Alex Seini, Kodezz Semiki, Jaxon Tagavaitau, Alby Talipeau, Tamati Ulukita