A four-try effort from Brendan Jimenez has helped the Australian Schools and U18s to a 70-0 win over the Scotland Select U19 on Thursday morning.
The Aussie winger had four tries by half-time and a 24-point tally overall in a game that Australia controlled from the get go.
Neither country was fielding their top side but the margin was still a big statement for the Aussies ahead of their clash with the Scotland U19s this weekend.
Playing in an indoor field in Edinburgh, with little in-goal to speak of, there were no adverse weather issues to affect the game and that played into the Australians' hands.
The perfect conditions showed in their 12-try performance and while the Scots had the first chance for points it was Aussie winger Villiami Lea who crossed first, breaking away to score in the corner in the 5th minute.
A pinpoint cross-field kick from flyhalf Carter Gordon put Jimenez over for his first just four minutes later as the Aussies began to take control of the match.
A contested kick put Australia on the defensive but they held out their Scottish counterparts and turned the tables on them, going just one pass short of scoring for the third time
Lea nabbed his second before the 20-minute mark of the match with the speedster slipping through the Scottish defence off a clinical lineout play.
A super John Connolly break set the Aussies up for yet another charge and this time they used the attacking scrum as their platform, with a quick shift wide putting Jimenez over for his second of the day.
Jimenez went through himself straight from the next restart for his first half hat-trick and he nabbed his fourth just shy of half-time with a blistering run down the right edge, making the margin 32 points at the break.
It took just two minutes for fullback Connolly to score his first of the day when the action restarted in the second half and Australia’s control of the match didn’t look like being eroded.
By the 41st minute they had their sixth try of the afternoon and Australia’s momentum was only growing stronger, with the visitors looking dangerous in every attacking opportunity.
Jimenez threw the last pass for their seventh try, finished off by flanker Carlo Tizzano and by the 50th minute they held a 51-point lead.
That gap became 56 five minutes later with another score and there was no sign of the Aussies letting up as the minutes ticked over as they crossed for a ninth try with 11 minutes remaining.
They had time for one more score in the 65th minute, with he 70-point margin remaining at full-time.
Australia left some points on the table as well, with some misjudged passes and knock ons deep in attack, an ominous sign as they prepare for that final clash against Scotland’s national U19s.
The Aussies are 3-1 from their four-match tour after Thursday morning's win, with one clash remaining.
Australia Schools and U18s 70
Tries: Jimenez 4, Lea 2, Connolly, Tizzano, Gordon, Sula-Siaosi, Pollard, Bell
Cons: Ilias 2, Jimenez 2, Gordon
Scotland Select U19s 0