U20 Wrap: Bonus-point victory for England

Date published: June 7 2017

All the latest results from Round Two's action at the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 in Georgia.


  • Argentina 25-26 France
  • Ireland 28-32 Scotland
  • Italy 26-68 New Zealand
  • Australia 33-26 Samoa
  • South Africa 38-14 Georgia
  • England 34-22 Wales

Argentina 25-26 France

Avchala Stadium, Tbilisi

There was plenty of drama in this see-sawing battle but France eventually claimed victory thanks to an injury time try from replacement hooker Ugo Boniface.

Argentina thought they had secured the result when Tomás Albornoz landed a drop goal two minutes earlier but France fought back to break los Pumitas' hearts.

Earlier, les Bleus started brightly and held an early lead thanks to a Romain Ntamack penalty but they suffered a setback midway through the opening half when Alexandre Roumat received a yellow card for knocking the ball out of Matías Sauze's hands at a ruck.

Argentina soon took the lead via a Juan B Daireaux try which Santiago Carreras converted to give them a 7-3 lead at half-time. Los Pumitas extended their lead in the 46th minute when Daireaux scored his second try but France reduced the deficit when Gabriel Ngandebe crossed the whitewash five minutes later.

Alex Arrate converted and added a penalty which meant Argentina led 14-13 by the 60th minute. France were dealt another blow when Peato Mauvaka was sent to the sin bin for a tip tackle on Sauze.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, France extended their lead when Boniface went over for his second try but Argentina struck back when Leonel Oviedo dotted down shortly afterwards.

The game was evenly poised at 19-18 to Argentina but Arrate added another penalty which put his side back in front. Los Pumitas regained the lead thanks to a penalty and that drop goal from Albornoz before Boniface's clinched the win for France.

The scorers:

For Argentina U20:

  • Tries: Daireaux 2, Oviedo
  • Cons: Carreras, Daireaux
  • Pens: Albornoz
  • Drop goal: Albornoz
  • Yellow Card: Medrano

For France U20:

  • Tries: Ngandebe, Boniface 2
  • Con: Arrate
  • Pens: Ntamack, Arrate 2
  • Yellow Cards: Roumat, Mauvaka

Argentina U20: 15 Santiago Carreras, 14 Tomás Malanos (c), 13 Félix Luna, 12 Teo Castiglioni, 11 Luciano Gonzáles, 10 Juan B Daireaux, 9 Matías Sauze, 8 Santiago Ruiz, 7 Agustín Medrano, 6 Bautista Stávile, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Franco Molina, 3 Alejandro Luna, 2 José Luis Gonzáles, 1 Santiago Pullela

Replacements: 16 Leonel Oviedo, 17 Rodrigo Martínez, 18 Mayco Vivas, 19 Lucas Paulos, 20 Nicolàs Walker, 21 Gonzalo García, 22 Tomás Albornoz, Juan P. Castro

France: 15 Romain Buros, 14 Lucas Tauzin, 13 Theo Millet, 12 Alex Arrate, 11 Gabriel Ngandebe, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Arthur Coville, 8 Charlie Francoz, 7 Baptiste Pesenti, 6 Alexandre Roumat, 5 Mickaël Capelli, 4 Florian Verhaeghe, 3 Zakaria El Fakir, 2 Florian Dufour, 1 Hassane Kolingar

Replacements: 16 Ugo Boniface, 17 Peato Mauvaka, 18 Henri Colombe, 19 Ibrahim Diallo, 20 Dylan Cretin, 21 Selevasio Tolofua, 22 Baptiste Couilloud, 23 Pablo Uberti

Ireland 28-32 Scotland

AIA Arena, Kutaisi

Scotland bounced back from their loss to New Zealand in their opening match when they claimed a hard-fough 32-28 victory over Ireland.

Ireland started brighlty and raced into a 10-0 lead midway through the opening half thanks to a Conor Dean penalty and a try from Jack Stafford but Scotland struck back when Ross McCann crossed the whitewash in the 28th minute.

Connor Eastgate added the extras and just before half-time, Scotland took the lead courtesy of a Fraser Renwick try.

Eastgate landed a 47th minute penalty which meant his side were now leading 15-10 but Dean reduced the deficit when he landed a three-pointer of his own, off the kicking tee shortly afterwards.

The next 10 minutes was a topsy-turvy affair as a Darcy Graham try gave Scotland some breathing space but Ireland responded when Jack Kelly went over the whitewash.

Scotland struck back when Eastgate crossed for his side's bonus point try on the hour mark but Ireland narrowed the gap when Tynan landed a penalty in the 67th minute.

Despite holding a narrow 27-23 lead, Scotland continued to attack and were rewarded when Robbie Nairn scored their fifth try in the 70th minute.

Ireland did not surrender and were rewarded when Kelly went over for his second five-pointer five minutes later, although Scotland did enough to hold on for the win.

The scorers:

For Ireland U20:

  • Tries: Stafford, Kelly 2
  • Cons: Dean, Tynan
  • Pens: Dean 2, Tynan

For Scotland U20:

  • Tries: McCann, Renwick, Graham, Eastgate, Nairn
  • Cons: Eastgate 2
  • Pen: Eastgate

Ireland U20: 15 Alan Tynan, 14 Jack Kelly, 13 Gavin Mullin, 12 Ciaran Frawley, 11 Calvin Nash, 10 Conor Dean, 9 Jack Stafford, 8 Caelan Doris, 7 Paul Boyle (c), 6 Sean Masterson, 5 Oisin Dowling, 4 Fineen Wycherley, 3 Charlie Connolly, 2 Ronan Kelleher, 1 Jordan Duggan

Replacements: 16 Adam Moloney, 17 Greg McGrath, 18 Peter Cooper, 19 Jack Regan, 20 Gavin Coombes, 21 Jonny Stewart, 22 Angus Curtis, 23 Michael Silvester

Scotland U20: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Robbie Nairn, 13 Ross McCann, 12 Stafford McDowall, 11 Darcy Graham, 10 Connor Eastgate, 9 Andrew Simmers, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Luke Crosbie, 6 Bruce Flockhart, 5 Callum Hunter-Hill (c), 4 Alex Craig, 3 Adam Nicol, 2 Fraser Renwick, 1 George Thornton

Replacements: 16. Robbie Smith, 17 Fergus Bradbury, 18 Ross Dunbar, 19 Hamish Bain, 20 Tom Dodd, 21 Charlie Shiel, 22 Josh Henderson, 23 Patrick Anderson

Italy 26-68 New Zealand

AIA Arena, Kutaisi

New Zealand continued with their fine form when they defeated a pluck Italy side 68-26 in their Pool B clash in Kutaisi.

The Baby Blacks were full value for their win and eventually outscored Italy by nine tries to four. However, Italy were fastest out of the blocks when Simone Cornelli intercepted a wayward pass on New Zealand's 22 before crossing for the opening try.

Philip Di Marco converted before Tiaan Falcon kicked two penalties and Will Jordan scored a try for New Zealand. Italy took the game to their opponents and were rewarded when Niccolò Cannone burst through a ruck and scored their second try in the 15th minute.

New Zealand then stepped up a couple of gears on attack and Orbyn Leger, Jonah Nareki, Caleb Clarke and Braydon Ennor all scored tries in a 15-minute period before Michele Lamaro dotted down for Italy just before half-time.

Clarke crossed for his second try soon after the restart but six minutes into the second half, New Zealand were reduced to 14 men when their captain, Luke Jacobson, was yeelow carded for a repeat infrigement on defence close to his try-line.

Italy took full advantage and Alberto Rollero soon crossed for their bonus point try but the rest of the match was a one-sided affair as the Baby Blacks scored three further tries coutesy of Pouri Rakete-Stones, Leger, Tamati Tua and Adrian Choat.

The scorers:

For Itakt U20:

  • Tries: Cornelli, Cannone, Lamaro, Rollero
  • Cons: Di Marco 3

For New Zealand U20:

  • Tries: Jordan, Leger 2, Nareki, Clarke 2, Ennor, Rakete-Stones, Tua, Choat
  • Cons: Falcon 5, Leger 2
  • Pens: Falcon 3

Italy U20: 15 Simone Cornelli, 14 Andrea Bronzini, 13 Roberto Dal Zilio, 12 Alessandro Forcucci, 11 Andrea De Masi, 10 Philip Di Marco, 9 Matteo Maria Panunzi, 8 Giovanni Licata, 7 Lodovico Manni, 6 Michele Lamaro, 5 Niccolò Cannone, 4 Daniel Bear, 3 Marco Riccioni (c), 2 Alberto Rollero, 1 Daniele Rimpelli

Replacements: 16 Matteo Luccardi, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Dante Gavrilita, 19 Edward Iachizzi, 20 Lorenzo Masselli, 21 Charly Vincenzo Ernst Trussardi, 22 Antonio Rizzi, 23 Dario Schiabel

New Zealand U20: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Jona Nareki, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Orbyn Leger, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Tiaan Falcon, 9 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, 8 Marino Mikaele-Tuu, 7 Adrian Choat, 6 Luke Jacobson (c), 5 Sam Caird, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 2 John Sauni, 1 Ezekiel Lindenmuth

Replacements: 16 Alex Fidow, 17 Harrison Allan, 18 Ryan Coxon, 19 Jacob Pierce, 20 Tom Christie, 21 Ereatara Enari, 22 Tamati Tua, 23 Tima Faingaanuku

Australia 33-26 Samoa

Avchala Stadium, Tbilisi

Australia retained their unbeaten record in Pool A when they beat Samoa 33-26 in an entertaining encounter in Tbilisi.

After being on the wrong side of a 74-17 demolition to England in their opener, Samoa had to deliver a more competitive performance which they did and the led 10-8 at half-time.

Australia held an early 8-0 lead though after Henry Hutchison scored their firstv try in the 12th minute and Harry Nucifora slotted a penalty shortly afterwards.

The Pacific islanders finished the half stronger though and soon trailed by a point when Tanielu Tele'a which Hunter Paisami converted. Paisami added a penalty in the 37th mniute and just before half-time, Australia's Hamish Stewart was sent to the sin bin for foul play on defence.

The match livened up after the break and a Alexander Pohla-Murray try meant they led 15-8 by the 43rd minute but Australia soon drew level when Nucifora converted Dylan Riley's try.

Australia extended their lead in the 55th minute when Simis Tupou crossed the whitewash and a Liam McNamara try gave them some more breathing space abut 10 minutes later, Pohla-Murray scored again which meant Australia lead 27-20.

Harrison Goddard extended Australia's lead via a 71st minute penalty but two three-pointers off the kicking tee from Ricky Pauli Ene meant Samoa were trailing by just four points as the clock winded down.

Goddard secured victory for his side, however, when he added his second penalty shortly before full-time.

The scorers:

For Australia U20:

  • Tries: Hutchinson, Riley, Tupou, McNamara
  • Cons: Nucifora, Goddard
  • Pens: Nucifora , Goddard 2
  • Yellow Card: Stewart

For Samoa U20:

  • Tries: Tele'a, Pohla-Murray 2
  • Con: Paisami
  • Pens: Paisami, Ene 2

Australia: 15 Liam McNamara, 14 Henry Hutchison, 13 Dylan Riley, 12 Nick Jooste, 11 Simis Tupou, 10 Hamish Stewart, 9 Harry Nucifora, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Lachland Anderson, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Harrison Hockings, 4 Lachland Swinton, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Efi Maafu, 1 COdy Walker

Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Sama Malolo, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Angnus Blyth, 20 Reece Hewat, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Jayden Ngamanu

Samoa: 15 Alexander Pohla-Muray, 14 Tanielu Tele'a, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Tagaloa Fonoti, 11 Darren Moore, 10 Grayson Whitman, 9 Pupi Ah See, 8 Sione Tuipolotu, 7 Caleb Faalili, 6 Wyatt Setu, 5 Peato Toeafe, 4 Julius Togafau, 3 Suetena Asomua, 2 Noel Sanft, 1 Ivan Fepuleai

Replacements: 16 Frank Tupuola, 17 Setu Enoka, 18 Afioga Ielemia, 19 Shammah-Anthony Solomona, 20 Francis Ah Him , 21 Howard Tagoai, 22 Godinet Tinei, 23 Ricky Pauli Ene

South Africa 38-14 Georgia

Avchala Stadium, Tbilisi

South Africa had to dig deep before claiming a 38-14 win over a spirited Georgian side in Tiblisi but the victory came at a cost when Zain Davids was red carded for foul play in the game's closing stages.

In an otherwise entertaining match, the Junior Boks outscored the host nation by six tries to two with Manie Libbok and Wandisile Simelane leading the way with a brace apiece.

With the support of the capacity home crowd behind them, Georgia were highly motivated throughout and we had to wait until the 17th minute for the opening score when Junior Boks number eight Juarno Augustus burrowed his way over the try-line from close quarters.

Georgia continued to be competiive and on the half-hour mark they were rewarded when Lasha Tabidze crossed for their opening try after an extended period camped inside South Africa's 22.

The Junior Boks finished the half stronger though and tries from Simelane abd Libbok gave them a 19-7 lead at half-time. Simelane's effort was particularly impressive as he sidestepped his way past three tacklers before crossing for a deserved try.

The opening exchanges of the second half was similar to the opening period although Georgia had to play with 14 men for 10 minutes after Guram Gogichashvili was blown up for illegal scrummaging. South Africa eventually extended their lead when Yaw Penxe went over for their bonus-point try in the 55th minute.

Georgia did not panic, however, and 10 minutes later, Giorgi Gogoladze gathered a grubber kick from Tedo Abzhandadze before crossing for the home side's second try.

South Africa stepped up a couple of gears on attack and Simelane and Libbok soon added to their earlier scores.

The final quarter was frantic affair as George tried to add some respectability to the score and South Africa's Hendre Stassen also received a yellow card for a defensive indiscretion deep inside his 22.

The match was soured when Davids was sent off for headbutting Len Massyn, who received a yellow card for his part in the incident.

The scorers:

For South Africa U20:

  • Tries: Augustus, Simelane 2, Libbok 2, Penxe
  • Cons: Cilliers 2, Bosch 2
  • Yellow Card: Stassen
  • Red Card: Davids

For Georgia U20:

  • Tries: Tabidze, Gogoladze
  • Cons: Aprasidze 2
  • Yellow Cards: Gogichashvili, Massyn

South Africa U20: 15 Jeanluc Cilliers, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Damian Willemse, 11 Gianni Lombard, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn(c), 6 Len Massyn, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Kwenzo Blose

Replacements: 16 Gerhard Steenekamp, 17 Daniel Jooste, 18 Wikus Groenewald, 19 Hendre Stassen, 20 Zain Davids, 21 Francois de Villiers 22 Stedman Gans, 23 Curwin Bosch

Georgia: 15 Miriani Modebadze, 14 Akaki Tabutsadze, 13 Bezhani Gavashelishvili, 12 Giorgi Kveseladze, 11 Davit Meskhi, 10 Tedo Abzhandadze, 9 Gela Aprasidze, 8 Shota Areshidze, 7 Ilia Spanderashvili, 6 Tornike Jalagonia, 5 Lashia Jaiani, 4 Koba Jimsheleishvili, 3 Lasha Tabidze, 2 Guram Papidze, 1 Ushangi Tcheishvili

Replacements: 16 Tengiz Zamtaradze, 17 Guram Gogichashvili, 18 Revaz Dugladze, 19 Beka Saghinadze, 20 Aleksandre Kalmakhelidze, 21 Luka Dvalishvili, 22 Giorgi Tsiklauri, 23 Giorgi Gogoladze

England 34-22 Wales

AIA Arena, Kutaisi

England continued with their fine start to the competition when they claimed a 34-22 bonus-point win over Wales in their Pool A clash.

Wales had the better of the early exchanges and took the lead in the seventh minute courtesy of an Arwell Robson penalty.

It did not take long for England to respond, however, and five minutes later, Justin Clegg scored the opening try after Ben Earl laid the groundwork with a bullocking run in the build-up.

Two minutes later, Gabriel Ibitoye got his name onto the scoresheet when he twisted and turned his way out of a challenge from Will Talbot-Davies before crashing over in the left-hand corner.

England continued to dominate but Wales' defence held firm and the defending champions had to wait until the half-hour mark to extend their lead when Ibitoye did well to step past a couple of defenders before crossing for his second try.

Wales were then reduced to 14 men when their captain, Will Jones, was sent to the son bin for slowing the ball down cynically at a ruck.

England soon led 24-3 when their captain, Max Malins, landed a penalty before the match was stopped in bizarre fashion in the 35th minute when the stadium's lights went out abruptly.

That led to a 15 minute break in play and when the sides returned, Wales finished stronger and narrowed the gap when Kieron Assiratti burst through a couple of tackles deep inside England's 22 before diving over for his side's upening try.

Robson converted which meant England led 24-10 at the break but that try boosted Wales' confidence and they were much more competitive after the restart.

Wales dominated the scrums and after England's Ollie Dawe was yellow carded for illegal play at the set-piece in the 45th minute, Wales narrowed the gap soon afterwards thanks to a penalty try.

The next 20 minutes was an attritional affair and although Wales held a slight advantage, they could not score pints during this period. England made them pay when Alex Mitchell dotted down against the post after gathering a chip ahead from Malins inside Wales' 22.

That secured England's bonus point and Malins clinched the result with a well-taken drop goal in the 70th minute although Joe Goodchild scored a consolation try for Wales just before the end.

The scorers:

For England U20:

  • Tries: Clegg, Ibitoye 2, Mitchell
  • Cons: Malins 4
  • Pen: Malins
  • Deop goal: Malins
  • Yellow Card: Dawe

For Wales U20:

  • Tries: Assiratti, Penalty Try, Goodchild
  • Cons: Robson 2
  • Pen: Robson
  • Yellow Card: W Jones

England U20: 15 Tom Parton, 14 Sam Aspland-Robinson, 13 Max Wright, 12 Theo Brophy Clews, 11 Gabriel Ibitoye, 10 Max Malins (c), 9 Harry Randall, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Ben Earl, 6 Josh Bayliss, 5 Justin Clegg, 4 Jack Nay, 3 Ciaran Knight, 2 Henry Walker, 1 Ralph Adams-Hale

Replacements: 16 Joe Mullis, 17 Ollie Dawe, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Josh Caulfield, 20 Max Davies, 21 Alex Mitchell, 22 Jacob Umaga, 23 Will Butler

Wales U20: 15 Will Talbot-Davies, 14 Jared Rosser, 13 Ioan Nicholas, 12 Owen Lane, 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Arwel Robson, 9 Dane Blacker, 8 Aled Ward, 7 Will Jones (c), 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 5 Sean Moore, 4 Will Griffiths, 3 Kieron Assiratti, 2 Ellis Shipp, 1 Rhys Carre

Replacements: 16 Owen Hughes, 17 Tom Mably, 18 Stef Thomas, 19 Callum Bradbury, 20 James Botham, 21 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 22 Ben Jones, 23 Joe Goodchild