Photo: Simon Kerr
DEWSBURY CELTIC started their first-ever Australian tour with a 10-4 victory over Penshurst on Wednesday.
The team set off Down Under last Friday on the post-season trip following their NCL Division Three promotion success, as part of the club’s 140th anniversary celebrations. After seeing the sights of Sydney and preparing with a number of training sessions, they headed to the Cronulla club for their first match.
It was a tough start in stifling conditions but, after the first water break of the match, Penshurst took the lead around the half-hour mark with an unconverted try.
Celtic hit back immediately though as Adam Egan crossed in response. The hosts spilled the kick-off and the ball dropped to Nathan Waring, who found Egan in support to run in.
George Senior added the conversion to that score to ensure that the tourists led 6-4 at the break.
The only points of the second half came after an hour, with Egan again involved with a great run through the Aussie defence and Paul Foulstone the man supporting this time for the try.
Celtic still had 20 minutes to go but held on bravely to come out on top. They play their second and final match of the tour tomorrow (Saturday) against De La Salle Caringbah.