Jayden Duff's national side holds off Victoria 27-24

WINNER: Jayden Duff helped guide the Australian combined schools team to a 27-24 victory over Victoria this afternoon.
WINNER: Jayden Duff helped guide the Australian combined schools team to a 27-24 victory over Victoria this afternoon.

Jayden Duff is now only two games away from the Australian Schools Rugby Championship title after helping the Australian Combined Schools side to a 27-24 win over Victoria this afternoon.

The Singleton teenager, who made his NHRU first grade debut for the Bulls earlier this year, made some skilled passes as well as a couple of tackles in his 28 minutes of game time.

"I think I played well overall, I just think I should've talked more and maybe got in the line more," the 17-year-old told the Singleton Argus from the greens of St Ignatius College, Riverview.

"We were down 21-12 at half time and it wasn't looking good for us but we just stuck to the game plan in the second half and it worked for us making the final score 24-27 our way in the end.

"The feedback at half time to the team was to just stick to our tackles and man up in defence really as that was probably the only area lacking in our game but other than that it was all positive."

Duff was initially overlooked for the NSW 2 side.

NUMBER-NINE: Jayden Duff pictured with the Australian Combined School Boys team.

NUMBER-NINE: Jayden Duff pictured with the Australian Combined School Boys team.

However this decision has worked out in his favour after Queensland 1 held off the home state 36-21.

In other results, NSW 1 defeated Queensland 2 27-0 while the ACT Brumbies clawed back to celebrate a 26-20 win over the Barbarians.

Duff's composite side will now face off against Queensland 1 at 1pm on Thursday before NSW 1 plays host to the ACT (the winner of each game will play off in the national final on Saturday).