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Cooley man McDonald top scores and captains Junior Wallabies to Oceania Championships win

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Cooley man McDonald top scores and captains Junior Wallabies to Oceania Championships win

Michael McDonald in action against Fiji. (Pic: Rugby AU Media/Stuart Walmsley)

Cooley man Michael McDonald finished with a personal haul of 11 points as the Junior Wallabies set-up an U20 Oceania Championships decider against New Zealand on Saturday with a 16-0 win over Fiji this morning.

The former Dundalk RFC player captained Australia, converted their try and added three penalties from scrum-half as Jason Gilmore's team built on Friday's 64-14 triumph against Japan. 

Speaking afterwards, McDonald said: "Obviously we had to play to the conditions and we were up against a tough Fijian side, we got away with the win and that was all we had to do.

"Full credit to the boys, we just had to toughen up in defence, especially in that first half when we were under pressure and we did really well."

He added: "Errors are going to happen, that's just rugby.

"You've just got to move on and full credit to the boys for keeping them scoreless off a couple of those easy slips.

"To the weather conditions, you just got with it but at least we stayed in the game and kept them scoreless.

"We're looking really forward to playing New Zealand, it's the one we've been building up to.

"Obviously they're a quality side but everyone's really excited for Saturday and can't wait to rip in.

"As a team we've only been together for a couple of camps now and we're really looking to build into this World Cup... that's our main focus."

For more on McDonald and his fabulous rise to prominence, click here.