Preview: JWC Final

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:26
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The Junior World Championship comes to a close with a mouth-watering Final between arguably the two best teams in the tournament.

The Junior World Championship comes to a close with a mouth-watering Final between arguably the two best teams in the tournament.
South Africa's road to the Final has not been an easy one; they topped their group with a come-from-behind win against hosts, New Zealand, only for the Baby Blacks to sneak into the Final to play the Baby Boks again.
Dawie Theron's men over came the New Zealanders for a second time in a thrilling match that ended 32-25.
On the other hand, England have had a relatively sedate run into the final with the current holders waltzing through the group stages.
The came up against an Irish team in the semi final that were easily bowled over by 42 points to 15.
Theron has made only one change to his team to face England in the Final.
Dan Kriel will play on the right wing for the Baby Boks his inclusion is in place of Lloyd Greeff who drops out of the match-day squad.
The versatile Kriel, twin brother of outside centre Jesse Kriel, is preferred in the starting line-up because of his huge work rate on defence.
Amongst the replacements, big flanker Jean Luc du Preez was declared fit after completing his rehabilitation programme following a blow to the head against New Zealand in Albany during a pools match. He replaces Abongile Nonkontwana.
Junior Springbok skipper and pivot Handré Pollard is now playing in his third tournament so is under no illusion as to what will be key to more success at Eden Park.
“I think at the end of the day it is going to be the side that wants it the most that is going to win it,” admitted Pollard, who is the leading point scorer at both JWC 2014 and also in the competitions history.
“Set piece is the biggest thing going into the final. I know how 2012 was won, we had 17 lineouts and we won all 17 of them. 
"It is something you can’t go without in a final, the set piece.
"It is also the conversion rate you have, you have got to get down there and get points, whether it is three, five or seven – just get points whenever you go down to the opposition’s half.”
Junior Bok coach Dawie Theron said England will be a formidable opponent.
“They are a good side and have progressed to the final without losing a match. It’s going to be a titanic battle on Friday,” according to Theron.
For the English, coaches Nick Walshe, Ian Peel, Simon Hardy and Jon Callard have kept the same starting fifteen that defeated Ireland in the semi-final.
There’s one change on the bench which sees prop Biyi Alo come in for Harry Rudkin.
Lock Maro Itoje will captain the side, with tour captain Callum Braley on the bench.
England are competing in their third final in four years, and will be hoping to defend the title they secured in France last season, beating Wales 23-15.
Head Coach Walshe said: “This is a great opportunity for our guys – they have been excellent all trip and have fully deserved to get to where they are.
“South Africa will be a difficult challenge, but we’re focusing on ourselves – we’re putting a real emphasis on performing for the full 80 minutes, we feel that we have played well in patches throughout the tournament but we want to see a complete performance.”
Recent results:
2013: South Africa won 31-24
2012: South Africa won 28-15
2011: England won 26-20
2010: South Africa won 27-22
2009: England won 40-21
2008: England won 26-18
Prediction: This Baby Bok class of 2013 is an impressive mixture of energy, brilliance experience and skill. Captain Pollard is already earmarked for greatness both as a player and as a captain and with the quality around him one can expect him to run the show impeccably. However, in his path is the defending champions and despite their easy run into the Final, they are a team full of class. That being said, the heart and mental toughness of the South Africans should just be enough to see them home. South Africa by less than five.
England U20: 15 Aaron Morris, 14 Howard Packman, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Henry Taylor, 8 James Chisholm, 7 Gus Jones, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Maro Itoje (captain), 3 Paul Hill, 2 Tom Woolstencroft, 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi.
Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Alex Lundberg, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 20 Joel Conlon , 21 Callum Braley, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Henry Purdy.
South Africa U20: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Dan Kriel, 13 Jessie Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Handré Pollard (captain), 9 JP Smith, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Nico Janse van Rensburg, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Victor Sekekete, 20 Jean Luc du Preez, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Jean Luc du Plessis, 23 Duhan van der Merwe.
Date: June 20
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19.36 ( 07.35 GMT; 08.35 BST; 09.35 SA time)
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Matt O'Brien(Australia), Joaquin Montes (Uruguay)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
There are currently no matches being played
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Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
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Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
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Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
Griquas v Sharks 20 | 45
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs 37 | 37
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New Zealand v Georgia 43 | 10
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
France U20 3 3 0 0 13
England U20 3 2 0 1 10
Wales U20 3 1 0 2 5
Japan U20 3 0 0 3 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa U20 3 3 0 0 15
Australia U20 3 2 0 1 10
Samoa U20 3 1 0 2 4
Italy U20 3 0 0 3 2
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand U20 3 3 0 0 14
Ireland U20 3 2 0 1 8
Scotland U20 3 1 0 2 5
Argentina U20 3 0 0 3 2