Tolley tackles Kiwis for World Cup
By STEVE SPINKS
MARIST Brothers fullback Nathan Tolley will be playing in one of the biggest rugby league games of his life this afternoon.
Tolley, a student at Southern Cross University, will represent Australian Universities on the wing in the Student World Cup final which will be played at Brisbane's Langlands Park.
The Aussies will be taking on defending champions New Zealand who advanced to the final after a comfortable victory over England in the semi-final.
During the World Cup campaign, Tolley has played on some of the best grounds in Queensland including a match on Suncorp Stadium which was played as a curtain-raiser to the third State of Origin match.
Australia have been undefeated and actually knocked over New Zealand earlier in the tournament.
Tolley was selected in the Australian team after he played for Queensland Universities earlier this season.
The student is in his second year with Marist Brothers.
He is following in the footsteps of another former Brethren footballer ... Brett Spears.
Spears played for Australia in 2003 and 2004 on the wing.
To make the final, Australian Universities had to overcome a plucky France 22-0 on Wednesday night.
Australia led 18-0 after 20 minutes but never really ran away with the match.
"It was a solid if not great victory, with defence the key for us," said Australian coach Steve Calder.
"We are going to need a similar kind of tackling effort if we are to hold the New Zealand team at bay on Saturday."
The Australians will now play New Zealand, who completed an impressive 34-8 win over England in the opening semi-final at Arana Hills.