Junior World Championship- Australia look impressive
Kurtley Beale and Richard Kingi scored four tries apiece as Australia made an impressive start to their IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship campaign, running out 86-0 winners against Canada at the Best Amenity Stadium in Saga, Japan.
Boasting nine players contracted to Super 14 provinces, the Australians built on a 31-0 half time lead to score 55 more unanswered points in the second period, scoring 14 tries in all.
On a muggy, overcast day in Tosu city the Australians quickly put their opponents under the kosh and Kingi, a regular on the IRB Sevens World Series this year, went over for their first score on just six minutes.
The scrum half also added their second six minutes later as the young Wallabies piled on the pressure.
Canada found some time and rhythm, full back Harry Jones showing some elusive running, but too often they squandered possession in the middle third of the pitch and captain Damien Fitzpatrick, Matt To'omua and Beale all crossed for further Australian tries.
To'omua landed three of his five conversion attempts to give David Nucifora's physical side a healthy lead at the break.
The second half started in much the same fashion as the first except this time it was Kingi's half back partner To'omua first onto the score sheet, a clever side-step taking him in under the posts.
Beale, another of Michael O'Connor's international Sevens players, crossed for his second and third tries in quick succession as the professional looking Australian outfit capitalised on a tiring opposition.
Both sides made a raft of substitutions but Kingi remained to seal his hat trick after just 57 minutes and the final quarter of the game produced a further five scores for the Australians through Ben Tapuai, Kingi, Rodney Davies, Robbie Coleman and a fourth for Beale.
POST MATCH REACTION
Canada coach Tim Murdy: “Obviously it was a difficult game and our boys are disappointed. The Australian side is incredibly talented and we can’t do anything more about this game.”
Canada captain Harry Jones: “It was a tough game, the Aussies have a lot of good players. We will build from here and learn from our mistakes. The pitch was the best I have ever played on, excellent, hard and fast.”
Australia coach David Nucifora: “We’re obviously very happy with the win and the scoreline was very good for us. There were nerves in the first half but later we relaxed and started to play a bit more rugby. The teamwork will get better from now on.”
Australia captain Damien Fitzpatrick: “In the first 20 minutes we showed nerves and it took a while to get into the game. Finally we got our rhythm and things went our way. There are good things we can take going forward.”