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Junior World Championships: Day One

10th June 2011 21:22


Francis Saili new zealand v Italy Junior worlds 2011

Rampant: Francis Saili helped New Zealand hammer the hosts

Wales, Australia, England, New Zealand, France and South Africa were victorious on the opening day of the 2011 IRB Junior World Championships in Italy.

New Zealand made a winning start to their defence of the Junior World title with a 64-7 win over hosts Italy in Treviso.

Auckland fly-half Gareth Anscombe scored a try and landed seven conversions and a penalty goal for a personal haul of 22 points while Charles Piutau, in touching down the first of first of his two tries, scored the 100th try by a New Zealander in the tournament's history.

The South African team also sent out a warning in their 33-0 drubbing of Scotland in their opening Pool C match in Padova. The Baby Boks cooked up a convincing performance as they ran in four unanswered tries.

Wales outscored Argentina four tries to one while England left it late to overcome Ireland.

England outscored Ireland four tries to one but needed a late try from Marland Yarde to secure a hard fought 33-25 win in Treviso.


Argentina 8-34 Wales
Australia 54-7 Tonga
England 33-25 Ireland
Italy 7-64 New Zealand
South Africa 33-0 Scotland
France 24-12 Fiji

England vs Ireland
Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Treviso

Rob Hunter's men outscored Ireland four tries to one with scores from Worcester wing Andy Short and Sale Sharks prop Henry Thomas, Saracens prop Mako Vunipola and London Irish wing Marland Yarde. Leicester Tigers fly half George Ford added 13 points with the boot.

But it wasn't all plain sailing for England, as Ireland kept the scoreboard ticking through the boot of Dungannon's Paddy Jackson and his replacement James McKinney, both taking advantage of the high penalty count against England.

England got off to a dream start though, after forcing a scrum deep in Ireland's territory with two minutes played. Bath scrum half Chris Cook got the ball out quickly and smooth passing across the field cumulated in Worcester wing Andy Short flying over in the corner, with Ford converting.

Ford extended England's lead to 13-0, coolly dispatching two penalties after Irish infringements at the breakdown. Ireland missed two penalties of their own when Jackson kicked just wide both times. Jackson made no mistake with his third attempt though, slotting through with half an hour played to make the score 13-3.

England thought they had scored after a Ford grubber was taken by Short over the try line, but South African referee Jaco Peyper, deemed it not to have been touched down. Ireland then broke straight away through Blackrock College wing Andrew Conway who's attempted kick up field deflected kindly off England skipper Alex Gray's back and Conway collected before running through to touch down.

Heavy pressure from the restart allowed England to push hard on Ireland's try-line, and good work from Vunipola freed up space for Thomas to touch down. Ford missed the conversion, and Ireland scored a late penalty to take the score to 18-13 at the break.

England brought on Premiership winner Owen Farrell for Ryan Mills, but it was Ireland who drew first blood in the second half when Jackson scored a penalty to bring the Irish to within two points.

Just as things started to look very tense, Vunipola produced a solo try for England belying his position of tight-head. A lovely sidestep and brute strength freed the former Bristol prop up to dive over, giving England a 23-16 lead after Ford's conversion attempt hit the post.

Ireland's McKinney missed and then scored two penalties in quick succession to bring the Irish to within a point of England at 23-22.

McKinney then gave Ireland the lead for the first time in the match with 10 minutes remaining, converting another penalty. But England hit back with one of their own from Ford to give England the lead back at 26-25.

Ireland then had to contend with the sinbinning of back rower Shane Buckley and England made the most of the man advantage, as replacement wing Marland Yarde dived over in the corner to give England breathing space at 31-25, before Ford converted and England held out to win 33-25.

England: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 Andy Short, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Jonathan Joseph, 10 George Ford, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Alex Gray (captain), 7 Matt Everard, 6 Matt Kvesic, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Mike Haywood, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Sam Twomey, 19 Sam Jones, 20) Dan Robson, 21 Owen Farrell, 22 Marland Yarde

Ireland: 15 Craig Gilroy, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Andrew Boyle, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Eoin McKeon, 7 Dominic Gallagher, 6 Jordi Murphy, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Michael Kearney, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Niall Annet (captain), 1 James Tracy
Replacements: 16 David Doyle, 17 Conor Carey, 18 Daniel Qualter, 19 Shane Buckley, 20 Peter du Toit, 21 James McKinney, 22 JJ Hanrahan

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

South Africa vs Scotland
Stadio Plebiscito in Padua

The South Africa Under-20 team sent a warning in their 33-0 drubbing of Scotland in their opening Pool C match at the IRB Junior World Championship in Padova, Italy on Friday.

The Baby Boks cooked up a convincing performance as they ran in four unanswered tries.

The South Africans, however, will face a tougher task when they meet Ireland, who lost 32-25 against England, in their next match.

Much of the credit for South Africa's win should go to the forwards and the loose forwards in particular. Two of the tries of the evening were scored by members of the loose trio.

Johan Goosen laid the foundation for the Baby Boks late in the first half, with two consecutive penalty conversions.

He then set up Blue Bulls centre Francois Venter for the first try of the evening.

The flyhalf broke the line and found Venter on his inside, with the latter trotting through for the first of four tries.

The Baby Boks had a few more stabs at the goal-line but they were unable to finish off properly.

South African eighth man and skipper, Arno Botha, however, reaped the benefits of constant pressure on the Scottish defensive line. Botha picked up the ball and broke away from a scrum 10 metres from the try-line to score the first of his two five-pointers.

The conversion by Goosen gave the Baby Boks a 21-0 cushion at the interval.

Scotland's woes continued in the second half with the SA team's forward pack continuing their dominance up front.

Venter once again crossed the goal-line thanks to an offload by flanker Siya Kolisi.

Botha scored his second try, which was similar to his first, 20 minutes before the final whistle.

As the match drew to an end, play became scrappy as the Boks lost some of their composure and structure.

South Africa: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Tshotsho Mbovane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 François Venter, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Pieter Rademan, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 François Kleinhans, 5 Eben Etzebeth, 4 Jean Cook, 3 Nic Schonert, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 John Roy Jenkinson, 18 Ruan Venter, 19 Cornell du Preez, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 John Welth, 22 Craig Barry.

Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Sam Atkin, Mark Bennett, Glenn Bryce, Michael Doneghan, Danny Gilmour, Stuart Edwards, Kerr Gossman, Stuart Hogg, Craig Jackson, Sean Kennedy, Jamie Stevenson, Duncan Weir, Alex Allan, David Cherry, Mitch Eadie, Richard Ferguson, Robin Hislop, George Hunter, Robert McAlpine, Colin Phillips, Grant Runciman, Alex Spence, Jamie Swanson, Mitchell Todd, James Tyas, Hamish Watson

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Italy 7-64 New Zealand
Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Treviso

Italy battled gamely and were rewarded with a deserved try but were unable to stop the defending champions marching to yet another commanding victory.

New Zealand took the lead in the third minute when full back Charles Piutau claimed the honour of scoring the Baby Blacks' 100th try in JWC history.

A penalty from fly half Gareth Anscombe and two converted tries, from wing Mitchell Scott and Piutau again, stretched the lead.

Italy were unlucky to lose the ball just a step away from the try line, allowing a great counter-attack by second row Steven Luatua, who sprinted almost the length of the field to score a fourth try inside the first half-hour.

Another try from wing Francis Saili sent New Zealand in at half time leading 36-0.

The hosts came out for the second half in determined mood and were soon celebrating with their ecstatic fans in the sell-out crowd when wing Michele Visentin crossed for a try he will remember for the rest of his life.

New Zealand prop Gregory Pleasants-Tate received a yellow card for a high tackle and his teammates gave away a series of penalties as the emboldened Italians took the game right up to their feted opponents.

But despite an aggressive defence, the gulf in class was never going to be bridged.

Tries from Anscombe inside centre Lima Sopoaga, and replacements TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett completed New Zealand's victory.

The three-time tournament winners remain unbeaten in 16 JWC matches now, stretching back to the inaugural tournament in Wales in 2008.

Italy: Ricardo Cagna, Alessandro Furia, Piermaria Leso, Giovanni Maistri, Nicola Quaglio, Andrea Lupetti, Filippo Gerosa, Alfio Luca Mammana, Andrea Balsemin, Giacomo Brancoli, Edoardo Ghiraldini, Jacopo Bocchi, Ruben Riccioli, Edoardo Ruffolo, Vittorio Callori Di Vignale, Guglielmo Palazzani, Saverio Bruni, Giovanni Alberghini, Michele Campagnaro, Tommaso Castello, Francesco Menon, Michele Visentin, Guido Calabrese, Marco Gennari, Alex Morsellino, Augusto Cosulich

New Zealand: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Mitchell Scott, 13 Glen Robertson, 12 Lima Sopoaga, 11 Francis Saili, ), 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Carl Axtens, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Luke Whitelock (captain)), 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Steven Luatua, 3 Michael Kainga, 2 Sefo Setefano, 1 Greg Pleasants-Tate
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Solomona Sakalia, 8 Brad Shields, 19 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 20 TJ Perenara, 21 Nathan George, 22 Beauden Barrett

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Argentina 8-34 Wales
Stadio Plebiscito in Padua

Matthew Morgan inspired Wales to a 34-8 victory over Argentina in their opening match of the IRB Junior World Championship 2011, the fly-half pulling the string and scoring 19 points, including a first-half try, at the Stadio Plebiscito in Padova.

Morgan opened the scoring in only the third minute with a penalty and then created the try for himself, running an angle that allowed him to slice through the Argentinean defence with ease and coast round under the posts.

Argentina's defence simply had no answer to the Ospreys No.10, who very nearly fashioned a second try for Wales in the 21st minute only for his one-handed pass around the last defender to be adjudged forward by referee John Lacey.

The diminutive fly-half showed his finesse again with the boot minutes later when he curled in a conversion from the touchline after Wales took advantage of a strong scrum to quickly provide wing Liam Williams the space to touch down.

Trailing 17-0 Argentina began to build some phases with hooker Lucas Sartori at the heart of everything. The pressure on the Welsh line eventually told, scrum half Marcos Bollini reacting quickest to grab the ball from the breakdown and dive over the line.

Captain Brian Ormson could not curl the conversion between the uprights and Argentina went in trailing 17-5 at the break, still in touch but knowing that they had to stifle Morgan's magic touch if they were to have any chance of victory.

In their attempts to push forward though they left themselves open, prop Rhodri Jones charging forward before Morgan kicked ahead deftly for Eli Walker to win the chase to touch down Wales' third try of the evening.

Argentina did cut the deficit slightly with a penalty by Ormson but there was to be no way back, Wales injecting some fresh legs in the action and getting the reward when some quick ball created an overlap for Williams to glide over for his second try.

Wales now face the challenge of New Zealand on Tuesday and will hope to become the first to ever beat the Baby Blacks in this key Age Grade tournament. Argentina, meanwhile, will look to bounce back against hosts Italy.

Argentina: Ramón Gonzáles, Nahuel Lobo, Jonathan Marchetta, Ignacio Saenz, Diego Fortuny, Lucas Sartori, Matias Alemanno, César Fruttero, Juan Cruz Guillemaín, Joaquin Camacho, Martín Ignes, Juan Lafontana, Facundo Lagos, Miguel Urtubey, Ramiro Baronio, Marcos Bollini, Brian Ormson, Sebastián Poet, Jerónimo De La Fuente, Matias Masera, Matías Moroni, Matías Orlando, Javier Rojas, Pablo Kantarovsky, Manuel Montero, Rodrigo Ponce De León

Wales: Liam Williams, Ross Jones, Eli Walker, Dale Ford, Owen Williams, Rheon James, Iolo Evans Steve Shingler, Matthew Morgan, Lewis Robling, Lewis Jones, Jonathan Evans, Rhodri Jones, Lewis Smout, Will Taylor, WillGriff John, Kirby Myhill, Sam Parry, Cory Hill, Macauley Cook, Luke Hamilton, Lloyd Peers, Edward Siggery, Thomas Young, Ben Thomas, Owen Sheppeard

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

Australia 54-7 Tonga
Stadio Mario Battaglini in Rovigo

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Australia: l Alo-Emile, Tim Metcher, JP Pradaud, Scott Sio, Hugh Roach, Siliva Siliva, Blake Enever, Luke Jones, Greg Peterson, Colby Faingaa, Michael Hooper, Ted Postal, Ed Quirk, Jarrad Butler, Eddie Bredenhann, Matt Lucas, Rohan Saifoloi, Ben Volavola, Tom Kingston, Apo Latunipulu, Bill Meakes, Simon Morahan, Tevita Kuridrani, Kimami Sitauti, Jacob Woodhouse, Damon Anderson

Tonga: Kali Hala, Solomone Kioa, Sione Koloamatangi, Elisi Pulu, Sam Niue, Sefo Sakalia, Loni Toumohuni, Nehumi Vanisi, Motekiai Faeamani, Ofa Finau, Sam Finau, Mathew Howling, Lautaimi Fetuani, Lose Tukufuka, Sefo Ma'ake, Ma'amaloa Taufa, Mona Paraki, Mesui Vea, Pita Ahki, Nio Lavemai, Talimasiva Sili, Otulea Katoa, Siale Talakai, Tonga Afu, Samiu Talia'uli, Sioeli Veamatahau

Referee: JP Doyle (England)

France 24-12 Fiji
Stadio Mario Battaglini in Rovigo

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Fiji: Alifereti Cawanibuka, Sione Kolo, Tomasi Kolo, Kirwan Sanday, Apete Salawaqavuka, Joshua Tuqiri, Sailosi Dawai, Maikeli Mudu, Aminio Nasilimosi, Simione Sawene, Koli Nalasekata, Netani Qicatabua, Uliano Samunaka, Aca Simolo, Kenneth Robertson, Eliki Sicinilawa, Metuisela Talebula, Teti Tela, Josateki Lalagavesi, Peter Lee, Semi Radradra, Solomoni Rasolea, Matayavusa Lea, Atu Masirewa, Ratu Ratini, Jone Wai

France: Artru Yohann, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Pierre Berard, Sébastien Bezy, Clément Bourgeois, Jean Buttin, Karl Chateau, Romain Colliat, Julien Come, Victor Delm, William Demotte, Walter Desmaison, Jean-Marie Doussain (capitaine), Florian Fresia, Gilian Galan, Pierre ayraud, Pierre Julien, Yann Lesgourgues, Marvin O'Connor, Geoffrey Palis (Albi), Jules Plisson, Jean-Bernard Pujol, Sébastien Taofifenua, Sébastien Vahaamahina, Léonard Vignon, Thibaut Visensang

Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

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