U20 Championship Wrap: Round Two

Date published: June 11 2016

Latest reports from Round Two of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester on Saturday.

Australia 38-10 Italy @ AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

Australia had a fantastic second half performance to come back and beat Italy 38-10 in Salford as they scored five tries to one Italian try.

It was a low scoring game for the first 30 minutes as fly-half Leonardo Mantelli's penalty was the only score. Italy added some excitement to the game when Italian full-back Matteo Minozzi went over the line. 

The rest of the game was all Australia as they dominated the score board.  

Australian fly-half Mack Mason was great with the boot as he put over five conversions and a penalty. The half time score was 10-7 to Australia, as the Italian side were in control.

It was a game of two halves as a different Australia came out of the changing room and dominated the second half. 

The scorers:

For Australia:
Tries: Kennewell, Leota, Jurd, Vui, Mason
Cons: Mason 5
Pen: Mason

For Italy
Try: Minozzi
Con: Mantelli
Pen: Mantelli

Australia: 15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Simon Kennewell, 13 Sione Tuipulotu, 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 Lukhan Tui, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Harry Nucifora, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Liam Jurd

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

New Zealand 24-33 Ireland @ Manchester City Academy Stadium, Manchester

Ireland claimed a historic 33-24 victory over New Zealand in Manchester on Saturday.

Ireland scored through flanker Greg Jones, hooker Adam McBurney and number eight Max Deegan while New Zealand replied with four tries, but it wasn't enough to outscore the Irish fly-half Bill Johnston's boot.

The Baby Blacks scored first through inside centre Jordie Barrett in the sixth minute and coverted his own try. 

After being behind by eight points Ireland came back with a brace of tries by uitilising their heavy pack and sending Jones and McBurney over the whitewash with a driving maul.

Ireland were in the lead at the end of the first half with a 20-14 score but New Zealand wasn't done yet as flyer Malo Tuitama scored in the 51st minute in the first try of his brace. 

But it was all Johnston's boot after that as he kicked over four penalties and won it for the men from the Emerald Isle, who celebrated ecstatically.

For New Zealand 
Tuitama 2, Barrett, Stevenson
Con: Barrett
Pen: Barrett

For Ireland
Tries: Jones, McBurney, Deegan, 
Cons: Johnston 2, McPhillips
Pens: Johnston, McPhillips 2

New Zealand: 15 Jordan Trainor, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Patelesio Tomkinson, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Malo Tuitama, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 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 Sean Paranihi, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Hamish Dalzell, 20 Dalton Papali’I, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 TJ Va’a, 23 Jonah Lowe

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 Ben Betts, 2 Adam McBurney, 1 Andrew Porter 
Replacements: 16 Vincent O'Brien, 17 James Bollard, 18 Vakh Abdaladze, 19 Sean O'Connor, 20 Kelvin Brown, 21 Niall Saunders, 22 Johnny McPhillips, 23 Jimmy O'Brien

Wales 10-9 Georgia @ Manchester City Academy Stadium, Manchester

Wales just about held off a determined Georgia side 10-9 on Saturday. 

Wales opened the scoring as Leon Brown scored the only try of the match through a driving maul. 

Georgia's scrum proved to be a powerful weapon and won them plenty of phychological victories as well as points on the board. Georgian flyhalf Davit Modzgvrishvili scored all his teams' points on the day through three penalties.

The half-time score was 7-6 to Wales before a low-scoring second half, in which Jarrod Evans and Modzgvrishvili traded penalties, but Georgia were unable to pull off a famous win.

For: Wales 
Try: Brown
Con: Evans
Pen: Evans

For: Georgia
Pen: Modzgvrishvili 3

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

Georgia: 15 Miriani Modebadze, 14 Lado Miminoshvili, 13 Giorgi Koshadze, 12 Giorgi Kveseladze, 11 Sandro Merkvilishvili, 10 Davit Modzgvrishvili, 9 Gela Aprasidze, 8 Beka Gorgadze (c), 7 Giorgi Tsutskiridze, 6 Ilia Spanderashvili, 5 Otari Giorgadze, 4 Demur Epremidze, 3 Lasha Tabidze, 2 Giga Khuroshvili, 1 Tornike Mataradze
Replacements: 16 Luka Goginava, 17 Nika Neparidze, 18 Giorgi Melikidze, 19 Mikheil Babunashvili, 20 Irakli Tskhadadze, 21 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 22 Sandro Iluridze, 23 Rati Shanidze

France 46-14 Japan @ AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

France thoroughly dominated a rather lacklustre Japan by beating them 46-14 on Saturday.

They convincingly outscored the men from the Far East by seven tries to two to run out as comfortably victors on day two of the U20 Championship.

A brace from Antoine Dupont along with tries from Péato Mauvaka, Baptiste Couilloud, Damian Penaud, Antoine Dupont and Romain Buros while Tevita Tatafu and Ren Takano got over for Japan.

France never seemed to be threatened by their opponents this despite only leading by 17-7 at half-time.

It was however the platform that they laid in the opening half that allowed them, in the second 40, to convert much of their possession and terrority into points which saw them add a further 29 points to their half-time score.

Replacement back, Antoine Dupont's first try came moments after Japan's second, and last try, which testifies of the resilient attacking prowess from France. 

Anthony Belleau and fly-half Romuald Seguy each added two conversions apiece with Belleau adding a 15 minute penalty taking his personal tally for the match to seven points.

The scorers:

For France:
Tries: Dupont 2, Mauvaka, Couilloud, Penaud, Nicoue, Buros
Cons: Belleau 2, Seguy 2
Pen: Belleau

For Japan:
Tries: Tatafu, Takano
Cons: Moeakiola 2
Yellow Card: Makisi

France: 15 Guillaume Cazes, 14 Alexandre Nicoue, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Anthony Belleau, 11 Elliot Roudil, 10 Romuald Seguy, 9 Baptiste Couilloud, 8 Alexandre Roumat, 7 Kevin Kornath, 6 Jean Baptiste Grenod, 5 Mathieu Tanguy, 4 Théo Hannoyer, 3 Emerick Setiano, 2 Péato Mauvaka, 1 Elias el Ansari
Replacements: 16 Etienne Fourcade, 17 Clément Castets, 18 Michaël Simutoga, 19 Florian Verhaeghe, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Atila Septar, 23 Romain Buros

Japan: 15 Takuhei Yasuda, 14 Ren Takano, 13 Shintaro Nagatomi, 12 Doga Maeda, 11 Tomoya Yamamura, 10 Ataata Moeakiola, 9 Daiki Nakajima, 8 Tevita Tatafu, 7 Masato Furukawa (c), 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 Hiroki Yamada

England 44-0 Scotland @ Manchester City Academy Stadium, Manchester

England's domination in all facets of this game allowed them to outscore Scotland by five tries to none to record an emphatic 44-0 victory on Saturday.

Tries for England came courtesy of captain Jack Walker, Will Evans, Johnny Williams, Jack Singleton and Max Malins while Harry Mallinder kicked three penalties along with converted all five tries to take his personal tally to 19 points.

Scotland seemed set to pose some form of resistance after only trailing with 13-0 at the break, however a second-half onslaught from the home side saw them thump their opponents.

Mallinder's Premiership experience, with Northampton Saints, helped him dictate matters for England as they never seemed to be troubled by Scotland.

The forwards needs to get a special mention as they allowed for quality possession and territory which allowed the backs to run with freedom setting up ample opportunities to converts valuable possession into points.

For England:
Tries: Walker, Evans, Williams, Singleton, Malins
Cons: Mallinder 5
Pens: Mallinder 3

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

Scotland: 15 Ben Robbins, 14 Robibe Nairn, 13 George Taylor, 12 Tom Galbraith, 11 Cameron Gray, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Hugh Fraser, 8 Ally Miller, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Scott Burnside, 5 Scott Cummings (c), 4 Callum Hunter-Hill, 3 Callum Sheldon, 2 Jake Kerr, 1 Dan Elkington
Replacements: 16 Lewis Anderson, 17 George Thornton, 18 Murray McCullum, 19 Andrew Davidson, 20 Matt Smith, 21 Charlie Shiel, 22 Matt McPhillips, 23 Reuben Norville

South Africa 13-19 Argentina @ AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

Argentina's physicality handed them the edge to hang on for a narrow 19-13 victory over South Africa on Saturday.

Despite both teams scoring a try apiece, it was the educated boot of Domingo Miotti that proved to be the difference as the fly-half succeeded with four penalties while his opposite number, Curwin Bosch, landed only two penalties.

Tries were scored by Tomás Malanos for Argentina and prop Franco van den Berg for the Baby Boks.

South Africa seemed to be clawing their way back after trailing 13-6 at the break to get within six points following a 64th minute penalty from Bosch.

It was, however, Argentina who held firmly and maintained their discipline at the breakdown ensuring that they never relinquished their lead. 

Two yellow cards for South Africa, first James Hall was sent to the sin bin five minutes before the end of the first half and later on in the 63rd minute try scorer van den Berg saw yellow.

Argentina maintained their composure to hold out and secure a much needed win over an in form South Africa side.

For South Africa:
Try: Van den Berg
Con: Bosch
Pens: Bosch 2
Yellow Cards: Hall, Van den Berg

For Argentina:
Try: Malanos
Con: Miotti
Pens: Miotti 4

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

Argentina: 15 Bautistia Delguy, 14 Tomás Malanos, 13 Juan Cruz Mallía (c), 12 Santiago Mare, 11 Julián Dominguez, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Patricio Baronio, 8 Vicente Boronat, 7 Conrado Roura, 6 Marcos Kremer, 5 Ignacio Calas, 4 Franco Molina, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Gasper Baldunciel, 1 Rubén Ricco
Replacements: 16 Román Pretz, 17 Santiago Pulella, 18 Gonzalo del Pazo, 19 Mariano Romanini, 20 Bautista Stávile, 21 Lautaro Bazán, 22 Teo Castiglioni, 23 José Barros Sosa