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Martin stars for Junior Kiwis

Wests Tigers Under 20s five-eighth Te Maire Martin kicked the winning field goal for the Junior Kiwis in their 15-14 victory over the Junior Kangaroos on Saturday night.

Current Holden Cup centre Watson Heleta and 2015 recruit Chance Peni were amongst the scorers for the New Zealand side in a thrilling match at Mount Smart Stadium.

Martin kicked the field goal in the 79th minute to break the 14-14 deadlock, however Junior Kangaroos fullback Clint Gutherson had a chance to sway the match back in the visitors favour, but missed a 40-metre penalty goal attempt after the siren.

Other Wests Tigers players in action on the night included Lamar Liolevave, Manaia Cherrington (both New Zealand) and Matthew Lodge (Australia).

Junior Kiwis 15 (Heleta, Peni, Nikorima tries; Dockar-Clay goal; Martin field goal) def. Junior Kangaroos 14 (Holmes 2, Mamo tries; Gutherson 1 goal) at Mount Smart Stadium.