New Zealand U20 Storm to Championship

Oceania Rugby, Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:41AM

New Zealand stole the show on the final day of the World Rugby U20 Championship as they scored a record ten tries to beat defending champions England, 17-64.


Demonstrating their intentions early on with two tries inside ten minutes, hooker Asafo Aumua gave a stand-out performance with a hat-trick and stunning solo try in the 60th minute to put New Zealand far out of England’s reach.


Kiwi captain Luke Jacobson, who scored a try at the end of each half, said: “That was an awesome performance for us and we’re really excited. We definitely took our learnings out of the semi-final against France, so we were able to come out and put some good footy on show and hang onto our lead.”




Ahead of the final, South Africa claimed third place in the Championship with a 37-15 win over France, taking inspiration from their senior side by replicating the scoreline from the previous day.


Earlier at the Avchala Stadium, Argentina took an early lead over relegation rivals Samoa with three tries inside 15 minutes. Samoa struggled to get into the game and the match ended 42-53, meaning Samoa will return to the U20 Trophy competition in 2018.


Elsewhere in Tbilisi, at the Mikhael Meskhi Stadium, Ireland faced a Georgian team fired up from their maiden win on Tuesday, but kept their concentration to pip the hosts 24-18.


After the success of the senior side on Saturday, Scotland put in a solid performance to come from behind and beat Australia 24-17, finishing the tournament in fifth place. Following them onto the pitch were Six Nations rivals Wales and Italy, where a red card and decisive penalty against the Azzurini gave Wales a one-point lead to seal seventh place, 25-24.






Oceania Team Results:


Pool A

England 74 Samoa 17

Australia 24 Wales 17

Australia 33 Samoa 26

Wales 54 Samoa 20

England 20 Australia 19


Pool B

New Zealand 42 Scotland 20

New Zealand 68 Italy 26

New Zealand 69 Ireland 3


9th Place SF:

Ireland 52 Samoa 26


5th Place SF:

Australia 42 Italy 19


Cup SF:

New Zealand 39 France 26


11th Place Play-off:

Argentina 53 Samoa 42


5th Place Play-off:

Scotland 24 Australia 17


Cup Final:

New Zealand 64 England 17

Last updated: Monday June 19, 2017 11:47AM
Author: Greg Thomas