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Jesuit High School of Sacramento, fresh off a big win over Fairfield Prep from Connecticut on Tuesday and a previous thrashing of a shorthanded United last week, hosted Australian touring side Wesley College from Perth.
The first half was one-way traffic with Jesuit using the wind and some solid tactical kicking from flyhalf Matt Coyle and fullback Kent Presson to put the Australians on the back foot. Backs and forwards were interchangeable and unstoppable.
Jesuit jumped out to big lead at the half 38-0. The savvy Australians turned the tables on the Marauders in the second half. Using sound play at the set piece and their own tactical kicking. They turned Jesuit around and forced them of play defense for a long stretch.
Wesley was able to break the line and finish their attacks with strong support and within 15 minutes they were right back in the game with three quick tries. Jesuit was being pushed around, which has been a rarity this season. But the Marauders regrouped and changed tactics, and turned the tide. Jesuit played solid defense and were able to move the ball at will over the last quarter of the match.
Better support lines and offloading for the Americans proved to be the undoing of the Perth toursits. Flanker Jacob Rice, off to University of Arizona next year, led Jesuit with three tries as he helped his squad to a 60-24 victory.