U20 Championship Wrap: Round One

Date published: June 7 2016

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All the reports from Round One of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester on Tuesday.

France 15-24 Argentina

Argentina kicked off the U20 World Championship with a hard-fought 24-15 victory over France at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford on Tuesday.

Trailing 6-8 at half-time thanks to a try from scrum-half Antoine Dupont and a Anthony Belleau penalty, France held the slight upper hand.

Argentina's response came via two Domingo Miotti penalties and that was how things stayed until the 51st minute in a tight opening clash.

But then a penalty try pushed France 6-15 up before Martín Elías cut the gap to three points with two penalties with 16 minutes remaining.

Argentina kicked on in the closing stages with converted tries from Lautaro Bazán and Bautista Stávile sealing their come-from-behind win.

The scorers:

For France:
Tries: Dupont, Penalty
Con: Belleau
Pen: Belleau

For Argentina:
Tries: Bazán, Stávile
Con: Elías
Pen: Miotti 2, Elías 2

France: 15 Romain Buros, 14 Martin Laveau, 13 Eliott Roudil, 12 Atila Septar, 11 Gabriel Ngandebe, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Judicaël Cancoriet, 6 Matthieu Voisin, 5 Mathieu Tanguy, 4 Florian Verhaeghe, 3 Michaël Simutoga, 2 Etienne Fourcade, 1 Clément Castets (c)
Replacements: 16 Péato Mauvaka, 17 Quentin Walcker, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Théo Hannoyer, 20 Alexandre Roumat, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Romuald Seguy, 23 OlivierKlemenczak

Argentina: 15 Bautistia Delguy, 14 Tomás Malanos, 13 Juan Cruz Mallía, 12 Teo Castiglioni, 11 Julián Dominguez, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Patricio Baronio, 8 Vicente Boronat, 7 Mariano Romanini, 6 Benito Paolucci (c), 5 Ignacio Calas, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Gasper Baldunciel, 1 Jean Pablo Enriquez
Replacements: 16 Román Pretz, 17 Santiago Pulella, 18 Rubén Ricco, 19 Franco Molina, 20 Bautista Stávile, 21 Lautaro Bazán, 22.Martín Elías, 23 Nicolás Osadczuk

Referee: Graham Cooper (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), Peter Allan (England)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)


South Africa 59-19 Japan

The Junior Boks came back from trailing at half-time to eventually defeat Japan and avoid another historic upset after the Brave Blossoms' success last September at the Rugby World Cup.

Rampaging wing Ataata Moeakiola impressed for Japan with a hat-trick of tries in the first-half, as his pace and power proved to be too much for the South African defence.

South Africa did cross twice in the first-half themselves, but after Moeakiola's heroics they trailed 14-19 going into the break.

The second 40 minutes however were a different story, as South Africa turned on the power and in the end cruised to comfortable win.

Two tries from captain Jeremy Ward either side of a score from Zain Davids put the Junior Boks well in control, along with earning a try bonus point.

As their scrum seized the initiative the tries began to flow – Manie Libbok, Mosolwa Mafuma and Carlü Sadie all adding to the total.

Japan tried desperately to find a fourth try before the final whistle in order to secure a try bonus point, but they couldn't take their chance camped close to the South African line.

The scorers:

For South Africa:
Tries: Jackson, Davids 2, Ward 2, Libbok, Mafuma, Sadie
Con: Bosch 8
Pen: Bosch
Yellow Card: Nkosi

For Japan:
Tries: Moeakiola 3
Con: Kanai 2
Yellow Card: Makisi

South Africa: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 S’busiso Nkosi, 13 Jeremy Ward (c), 12 JT Jackson, 11 Mosolwa Mafuma, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 James Hall, 8 Junior Pokomela, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Zain Davids, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Jaco Holtzhausen, 2 Tango Balekile, 1 Kwenzo Blose
Replacements: 16 Franco van den Berg, 17 Jan-Henning Campher, 18 Carlü Sadie, 19 Ruben de Villiers, 20 Denzel Hill, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Franco Naude, 23 Keanu Vers

Japan: 15 Takuhei Yasuda, 14 Ataata Moeakiola, 13 Shintaro Nagatomi, 12 Doga Maeda, 11 Tomoya Yamamura, 10 Taisetsu Kanai, 9 Daiki Nakajima, 8 Tevita Tatafu, 7 Masato Furukawa, 6 Faulua Makisi, 5 Daichi Akiyama, 4 Tatsunari Fujita, 3 Shosuke Tashiro, 2 Yoshiaki Takeuchi, 1 Ryosuke Iwaihara
Replacements: 16 Ken Saito, 17 Keiichi Kaneko, 18 Taku Toma, 19 Ryo Inoue, 20 Taichi Mano, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 Soki Watanabe, 23 Ren Takano

Referee: Elia Rizzo (Italy)
Assistant Referees: Craig Evans (Wales), John Meredith (England)
TMO: John Mason (Wales)


Wales 25-26 Ireland

Ireland bounced back from being 0-17 down as they held off Wales 26-25 in a gripping clash at Manchester City Academy Stadium on Tuesday.

Wales enjoyed an excellent start to the game as openside flanker Shaun Evans, wing Kellan Giles and scrum-half Reuben Morgan-Williams went over the whitewash to hand them a 0-17 lead with just 20 minutes played.

Fortunately for Ireland a Bill Johnston drop-goal, hooker Adam McBurney's try and full-back Jacob Stockdale's crossing in the last play of the opening period made it a 15-17 ball game at the interval in Manchester.

Crucially Wales struck first after the break with a Daniel Jones penalty but Ireland responded through the boot of Johnston for 18-20.

And then Ireland took the upper hand with another Johnston penalty on 51 minutes preceding a Stockdale try as they took a 26-20 lead.

Wales came close to winning when Giles claimed his brace wide out but Jarrod Evans was wide with the tough effort as Ireland held on.

The scorers:

For Wales:
Tries: Evans, Giles 2, Morgan-Williams
Con: Jones
Pen: Jones

For Ireland:
Tries: McBurney, Stockdale 2
Con: Johnston
Pens: Johnston 2
Drop Goal: Johnston

Wales: 15 Rhun Williams, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Joe Thomas, 12 Harri Millard, 11 Keelan Giles, 10 Daniel Jones, 9 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 8 Harrison Keddie, 7 Shaun Evans, 6 Tom Phillips (c), 5 Adam Beard, 4 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Dafydd Hughes, 1 Corey Domachowski
Replacements: 16 Liam Belcher, 17 Rhys Fawcett, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Seb Davies, 20 Josh Macleod, 21 Declan Smith, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Billy McBryde

Ireland: 15 Jacob Stockdale, 14 Matthew Byrne, 13 Shane Daly, 12 Conor O'Brien, 11 Hugo Keenan, 10 Bill Johnston, 9 Stephen Kerins, 8 Max Deegan, 7 David Aspil, 6 Greg Jones, 5 James Ryan (c), 4 Cillian Gallagher, 3 Conor Kenny, 2 Adam McBurney, 1 Andrew Porter 
Replacements: 16 Vincent O'Brien, 17 Vakh Abdaladze, 18 Ben Betts, 19 Sean O'Connor, 20 Kelvin Brown, 21 John Poland, 22 Johnny McPhillips, 23 Jimmy O'Brien

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Phil Watters (England)
TMO: Trevor Fisher (England)


Australia 10-15 Scotland

Scotland claimed a 15-10 win over Australia in their U20 World Championship clash on Tuesday, with the side in gold having a man sent-off.

There was no score in Salford in the opening 20 minutes of their opening pool match, as both teams struggled to get their game-plan going.

Adam Hastings broke the deadlock for Scotland with a penalty but their lead was short-lived as lock Izack Rodda went over to make it 3-7.

Following the turnaround though a pivotal moment occurred in the 44th minute as Australia's outside centre Campbell Magnay was handed his marching orders following a second yellow card, thus offering Scotland a leg-up with plenty of time remaining in a finely poised fixture.

Scotland didn't need long to strike as tighthead Zander Fagerson pushed his side 8-7 in front before Australia's Mack Mason made it 8-10.

But eventually the numerical advantage saw Scotland come out on top as wing Darcy Graham crossed in the 64th minute for a 15-10 victory.

The scorers:

For Australia:
Try: Rodda
Con: Mason
Pen: Mason
Red Card: Magnay

For Scotland:
Tries: Fagerson, Graham
Con: Hastings
Pen: Hastings

Australia: 15 Jack Maddox, 14 Simon Kennewell, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Nick Jooste, 11 Liam McNamara, 10 Mack Mason, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Maclean Jones, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Ryan McCauley, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Vunipola Fifita
Replacements: 16 Josh Taylor, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Harry Hocking, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Harry Nucifora, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Liam Jurd

Scotland: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Rory Hutchinson, 12 Tom Galbraith, 11 Ben Robbins, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Hugh Fraser, 8 Jamie Ritchie, 7 Matt Smith, 6 Lewis Wynne, 5 Scott Cummings (c), 4 Andrew Davidson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Jake Kerr, 1 Murray McCallum
Replacements: 16 Lewis Anderson, 17 Dan Elkington, 18 Callum Sheldon, 19 Alex Craig, 20 Ally Miller, 21 Charlie Shiel, 22 George Taylor, 23 Cameron Gray

Referee: Thomas Charabas (France)
Assistant Referees: Ian Tempest (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Stuart Terheege (England)


England 48-10 Italy

England eased their way to a 48-10 victory over Italy in their first game of Pool B at the Manchester City Academy Stadium in Manchester.

England were made to work hard in the first 40 minutes and went into the break leading 17-3, courtesy of two tries from George Nott and Sam Aspland-Robinson.

Captaining the side from inside centre, Harry Mallinder played a major role in his side's resurgence in the second half as they began to add up the tries.

Mallinder added three conversions plus two penalties and his centre partner Joe Marchant was the next to cross as Italy wilted upfront.

Jack Singleton's drive over from a rolling maul and Zach Mercer's short-range power rounded off in the end a comprehensive win for England, although their lineout will need some work before facing Scotland this Saturday.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries: Nott, Aspland-Robinson, Marchant, Singleton, Mercer
Cons: Brophy Clews, Mallinder 3, Malins 2
Pen: Mallinder 2

For Italy:

Try: Masselli

Cons: Mantelli
Drop Goal: Mantelli
Yellow Card: Borean

England: 15 Darren Atkins, 14 Sam Aspland-Robinson, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Harry Mallinder (c), 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Theo Brophy-Clews, 9 Max Green, 8 Callum Chick, 7 Jack Willis, 6 George Nott, 5 Huw Taylor, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 3 Billy Walker, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Tom West
Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Lewis Boyce, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Zach Mercer, 20 Josh Bainbridge, 21 Harry Randall, 22 Johnny Williams, 23 Max Malins

Italy: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Dario Schiabel, 13 Roberto dal Zilio, 12 Marco Zanon, 11 Luca Sperandio, 10 Leonardo Mantelli, 9 Riccardo Raffaele, 8 Giovanni Licata, 7 Giovanni Pettinelli, 6 Lorenzo Robin Masselli, 5 Leonardo Krumov, 4 Davide Fragnito, 3 Marco Riccioni, 2 Engjel Makelara, 1 Daniele Rimpelli
Replacements: 16 Damiano Borean, 17 Niccolò Broglia, 18 Giosuè Zilocchi, 19 Samuel Ortis, 20 Davide Ciotoli, 21 Matteomaria Panunzi, 22 Andrea Bronzini, 23 Lorenzo Masato

Referee: Juan Sylvestre (Argentina)
Assistant Referees: Craig Evans (Wales), John Meredith (England)
TMO: John Mason (Wales)


New Zealand 55-0 Georgia

Defending champions New Zealand finished the opening day of their U20 Championship title defence untroubled after running nine tries past Georgia at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Inside centre Jordie Barrett added four conversions to help total up over 50 points. It was a tough outing for Georgia, the new side to the competition this year, and they finished without any points to their name and having lost players to the sin-bin either side of half-time.

Chiefs back Shaun Stevenson got the scoring started for New Zealand who went into the half-time break comfortably ahead having scored five tries to lead 31-0.

Caleb Makene finished that first half with two tries to his name and he was joined by another double try scorer in his fellow winger Jonah Lowe in the second.

Tries from replacements Hapakuki Moala-Liava’a and Malo Tuitama then rounded out a good opening day for New Zealand, as their attention turns to Ireland on Saturday.

The scorers:

For New Zealand:
Tries: Stevenson, Makene 2, Nock, Lowe 2, Jacobson, Tuitama, Moala-Liava’a
Cons: Barrett 4, Perofeta

For Georgia:
Yellow Cards: Iluridze, Gorgadze

New Zealand: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Caleb Makene, 13 Patelesio Tomkinson, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Jonah Lowe, 10 TJ Va’a, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 Mitchell Jacobson, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 Quinten Strange, 3 Sosefo Kautai, 2 Leni Apisai (c), 1 Ayden Johnstone
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Shaun Stodart, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Hamish Dalzell, 20 Hapakuki Moala-Liava’a, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 Malo Tuitama

Georgia: 15 Irakli Svanidze, 14 Davit Meskhi, 13 Giorgi Koshadze, 12 Sandro Iluridze, 11 Sandro Merkvilishvili, 10 Davit Modzgvrishvili, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Beka Gorgadze, 7 Giorgi Tsutskiridze, 6 Irakli Tskhadadze, 5 Demur Epremidze, 4 Mikheil Babunashvili, 3 Giorgi Melikidze, 2 Lasha Sajaia, 1 Nika Neparidze
Replacements: 16 Tornike Mataradze, 17 Giga Khuroshvili, 18 Lasha Tabidze, 19 Giorgi Javakhia, 20 Beka Gorgadze, 21 Gela Aprasidze, 22 Rati Shanidze, 23 Guram Kandaurashvili

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), Andrew Jackson (England)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)

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