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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Junior World Championship - Final round match highlights

Australia took third place overall in the Junior World Championship after beating France 30-17 in their third place playoff match in Padova, Italy. Here's highlights of that match, as well as the rest of the deciders.

As we saw yesterday, New Zealand defeated England in the final to take the trophy yet again. Places were still up for grabs though as the remaining sides battled it out to get as high a finish as possible.

Australia, who were knocked out by the Baby Blacks last week, were too good for France as they scored tries through players who have brothers playing for the Wallabies, and in Super Rugby. Captain Colby Faingaa, one of those, said the feeling was good after capturing third place.

"We were severely disappointed after the performance (vs NZ). We knew we had it in us, but the last two games we weren’t able to string it together. Its third place, but we’re very happy and the teams excited," he said

In the match to contend fifth place in Treviso, South Africa came up overwhelming winners against Fiji, as they trounced them 104-17. The Baby Boks obviously had a point to prove after missing out on the semi finals. That they did, scoring 16 tries in total, equaling the Junior World Championship record that they set against the USA in 2008.

Wales beat Ireland 38-24, scoring five tries to the three of rivals Ireland. Andrew Conway did equal Zac Guildford's try scoring record for the tournament, but ultimately it was a day that the Irish would rather forget, despite their late consolation try.

Ninth place was contested by Scotland and Argentina, with the later coming out 15-14 winners thanks to their early lead and solid defense. In the relegation battle between Italy and Tonga, the hosts came out tops with a 34-22 win, their first of the tournament. Italy survive and will be in the 2012 tournament in South Africa, while Tonga bow out to make way for Samoa.

The playlist below has the Australia vs France highlights first, and then short clips from each of the other matches described above. Enjoy.



  • First like a boss

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 28, 2011 5:30 pm  

  • 2nd!!
    I'm the boss' b***h...

    By Anonymous Ivar Smallan, at June 28, 2011 6:11 pm  

  • Got to say that this tournament's level has risen up every year. Very entertaining and hard fought rugby. The number of graduates to win full caps just show how important this is... Would be a real shame if the celtic nations withdrew from it.

    Ireland's Andrew Conway was set to follow what's been done by guys like Sam Warburton, Richie Gray and Courtney Lawes. Give the guy a chance with the senior squad!

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at June 28, 2011 7:33 pm  

  • an excellent game, good too see so many up and comming players

    By Anonymous easyrod, at June 29, 2011 12:17 am  

  • I don;t mean to be nit-picky, but in the first French try, does the no 1 not sheild the ball carrier from being tackled. I mean he's standing in front of him with his back to the defence, preventing a tackle being made, is he not?
    A maul is not formed, so it's ilegal.

    By Anonymous Bill, at June 29, 2011 3:36 am  

  • Conway is soft...he will never be a senior international...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 29, 2011 9:46 am  

  • Hopefully a lot of these guys will get chances to impress with their clubs and provinces 1st xv's with the world cup coming up and the big boys not being around in September.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 29, 2011 12:27 pm  

  • for the 3rd place match, seem that France forget how to defend lol Without retire credits to australia, all their tries came from french errors.

    Faiinga seem to be an interesting player

    By Anonymous Gavin, at June 29, 2011 1:40 pm  

  • The first Australia try was just good running. He stepped three players coming back on the angle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 29, 2011 1:58 pm  

  • three french players hurted in the first half-time cause the rhythm of matches (1 match each 4 days): Aussies were physically (and sure, technically) better!
    IRB is thinking to change the competition schedule!

    Cheers to all rugby fans... and keep an appointement in september

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 29, 2011 2:17 pm  

  • "Conway is soft"...out of interest what are you basing this on? I doubt you see much of the Leinster acadamy and he has scored 10 tries which is no mean feat. Just curious is all.

    By Anonymous I hate ppl who write "First!", at June 29, 2011 3:09 pm  

  • Anonymous said...
    Conway is soft...he will never be a senior international...

    u obviously haven't seen much of him play, i saw the final welsh game and he made 2 cracking try saving hits, 1st 1 he covered 60m to tackle the winger going across in the corner, 2nd 1 he shot out of the line and absolutely smashed a guy man and ball causing the knock on otherwise would have been a simple 2 on 1 for wales

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 29, 2011 5:21 pm  

  • ^^^I think the guy who wrote that could have done the same, except he would have tackled him with his head and just one arm and the other guy would be in hospital,...of course he would have done this at 17yrs of age with hardly any gym work cos he's just so hard and probably cut out for senior international himself. Who cares if he managed to finish as joint top try scorer with non other than Zac Guilford...that's just letting facts get in the way of a real coach potatoe/hardman's coveted opinion...

    By Anonymous I hate ppl who write "First!", at June 30, 2011 1:02 pm  

  • did anyone Noticed how the number one from france Drove in the full back so the full back could score....tha
    t is teamwork hah

    By Blogger theaki, at July 01, 2011 8:33 pm  

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