NZ crowned Oceania U20 Champions

Sat, 06 May 2017 20:54
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FINAL WRAP: New Zealand beat Australia 43-6 in the final round of the Oceania Under-20 Championship to take the trophy for the third consecutive year.

Australia started well, but were unable to turn early territorial gains into sustained pressure, allowing New Zealand to run away with the match. With a number of players unavailable for the match due to Super Rugby commitments, the Australians will look to return to a full complement when the squad for the World Championship is named on Sunday, May 7.
Australia head coach, Simon Cron said: "New Zealand was a really good side. Their catch and pass was good, as was there running lines which is probably the area that let us down.
"I thought defensively some of the boys did a lot of work in that forward pack, in the backs we didn't complete many launch plays. It's hard to attack when you drop the ball off the first phase."
In the opening stages of the match, Australia dominated possession and territory as they starved New Zealand of the ball. Harry Nucifora scored the first points of the match for the men in gold as he gave the home side a 3-0 lead.
New Zealand were able to earn possession and score their first points of the match off the back of a dominant scrum within the Australian red zone, with captain Luke Jacobson diving over for the try.
New Zealand continued to test the Australian defence taking their lead to 10-3 through a penalty by flyhalf Tiaan Falcon. New Zealand added to the scoreboard despite an aggressive defensive effort by the Australians, as Isaia Walker-Leawere crossed the line after several phases of attack taking the score to 17-3.
Harry Nucifora kept the Australians in touch with a second penalty kick but a try to New Zealand fullback Will Jordan brought the score to 24-6 in favour of the visitors. New Zealand compounded Australia's issues with another try, as centre Tamati Ruka Tua scored in the corner to take a 29-6 lead.
A late surge in the first half by New Zealand led to an infringement by Harry Nucifora who was sent to the sin bon on the cusp of half-time. 

New Zealand shot out of the blocks in the second half and continued to ask questions of the Australian defence as tries to Tom Christie and Luke Jacobson extended the lead to 43-6. Australia fought hard in the final stages to cross the line but were unable to crack the New Zealand defence as the game wore on.


For New Zealand:
Tries: Luke Jacobson, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Will Jordan, Tamati Ruka Tua, Tom Christie, Luke Jacobson
Cons: Tiaan Falcon 5
Pen: Tiaan Falcon

For Australia:
Pens: Harry Nucifora 2


New Zealand Under-20: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Josh McKay, 13 Tamati Tua, 12 Orbyn Leger, 11 Tima Faingaanuku, 10 Tiaan Falcon, 9 Ereatara Enari, 8 Luke Jacobson (captain), 7 Tom Christie, 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Sam Caird, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Ezekiel Lindenmuth.               
Replacements: 16 JP Sauni, 17 Harrison Allan, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Jacob Pierce, 20 Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, 21 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, 22 Thomas Umaga-Jensen, 23 Caleb Clarke.

Australia Under-20: 15 Semisi Tupou, 14 Jayden Ngamanu, 13 Dylan Riley, 12 Tony Hunt, 11 James Ramm, 10 Nick Jooste, 9 Harry Nucifora, 8 Reece Hewat (captain), 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Ryan McCauley, 3 Harry Chapman, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes.  
Replacements: 16 Efi Maafu, 17 Sama Malolo, 18 Vaauli Faamausili, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Lachlan Swinton, 21 Theo Strang, 22 Isaac Lucas, 23 Clay Uyen.
In the second match of Round Three, Samoa produced an amazing second half to beat Fiji 39-29 after Fiji led 22-10 at half-time.

Samoa outscored Fiji five tries to four in the end as Samoa stormed home after an impressive first 40 minutes by Fiji. Samoan fullback Ricky Ene was impressive with the boot, kicking three penalties and four conversions. The win put Samoa third in the Championship.


For Samoa:
Tries: Ivan Fepuleai, Oikimene Paisami, Pupi Ah See 2, Setu Enoka 
Cons: Ricky Ene 4
Pens: Ricky Ene 3

For Fiji:
Tries: Veramua Turagavola, Ratu Peni Matawalu, Poniani Batiniu, Jamie John Kotz 
Cons: Jamie John Kotz 3
Pen: Jamie John Kotz

There are currently no matches being played
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 0 0 0 0 0
Australia U20 0 0 0 0 0
Wales U20 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa U20 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand U20 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland U20 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland U20 0 0 0 0 0
Italy U20 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa U20 0 0 0 0 0
France U20 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina U20 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia U20 0 0 0 0 0