Newbury Blues made sure at least one English side triumphed over the Australians during the Rugby World Cup with a 34-22 win over travelling side Petersham RFC in a friendly fixture last week.
With no league fixture over the weekend, the Blues entertained the Sydney-based side last Wednesday while they were visiting the UK for the world cup.
And the Blues made a fast start to the match as Josh Bartlett dodged round the Petersham defence for a try on 10 minutes, converted by Ryan Trevaskis.
The hosts kept the pressure on and were rewarded with another try soon after as Jamie Futcher touched down.
Three minutes later Bartlett went over for his second, with Trevaskis again kicking the extras.
Try number four came on the half hour mark as some clever passing fed the ball to Steve Denner, who ran up the left hand touchline to score.
George Robinson-Slater got the Blues’ fifth on 35 minutes, making the score 29-0 after a very one-sided start to the game.
Petersham finally got some points on the board just before half-time, stealing a lineout to get the ball to Greg Price and earn a converted try ahead of the break.
And the second half saw a spirited fightback from the Shammies, picking up three tries in quick succession to move within seven points of the hosts with 20 minutes left on the clock.
But one final try from Newbury, this time coming from Toby Pearce, meant that the Blues were 12 points clear going into the final quarter of an hour.
No more points were forthcoming, giving Newbury a 34-22 victory.
The Blues return to South West 1 East action this Saturday afternoon, with a home match against Leighton Buzzard.
They lost their last league match 23-20 against Salisbury on October 10, and will be looking to return to the form that saw them win the opening four games of the season in their quest for the title.
Newbury sit fourth in the table after five matches with 18 points, two behind current league toppers Towcestrians.