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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Zealand win the Junior World Championship 2010

New Zealand win the Junior World Championship 2010

New Zealands Baby Blacks won their third successive IRB Junior World Championship title on Monday when they comfortably beat Australia 62-17 at the Estadio El Coloso del Parque in Rosario.

The Under 20 tournament first started in 2008 when it was decided that the U-19 and U-21 tournaments would be combined into one. New Zealand won the inaugural event, and followed on winning the next two, now taking their record to 15 matches unbeaten.

Resounding favourites, the junior Kiwi side scored seven tries with their first coming after just 33 seconds. At 25-3 up at half time, there was no stopping the powerful young unit who actually fielded a completely different side to that which won in 2009.

New Zealand captain Tyler Bleyendaal finished with 28 points on the night, while devastating wing Julian Savea has since been named player of the tournament and IRB Junior Player of the Year 2010.

Aaron Cruden, now an All Black, won the award in 2009, with Luke Braid taking it in 2008. Savea scored eight tries in total, equalling the record that Zac Guildford set last year in Japan.

"I feel pretty stoked," said Savea. "Once again just credit to the boys as without them I wouldn't be here. I enjoyed the game tonight, it was great, we got up and played and I think the boys just capitalised on our opportunities more."


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Anonymous June 23, 2010 8:26 pm

third????

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chris June 23, 2010 8:30 pm

no shirtless haka

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Shaft June 23, 2010 8:46 pm

New Zealand rugby looking good. They always seem to produce amazing junior sides. The competition is incredible.

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Grimbo June 23, 2010 9:38 pm

When asked how they feel about this, the boks replied....

'let them have it, we dont care about this tournament, it means nothing!'

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fry June 23, 2010 10:06 pm

They ought to have these guys play the actual All Blacks - just to see what would happen...

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come off it June 23, 2010 10:10 pm

What is it with NZ wingers and hand signs?

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Alexander June 23, 2010 11:30 pm

Well done to the baby blacks. But isn't it worrying how far ahead they are? We need this game to be more competitive no? Their systems are perfect, hope the rest of the world can emulate them somewhat!

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Alexander June 23, 2010 11:30 pm

Well done to the baby blacks. But isn't it worrying how far ahead they are? We need this game to be more competitive no? Their systems are perfect, hope the rest of the world can emulate them somewhat!

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Craig June 23, 2010 11:38 pm

Wow how good are the baby blacks?
Over the last three years there smallest winning margin was 14 points. Thats outstanding. Then to win this years final 62-17 is completely unbelievable.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of Tyler Bleyendaal, Julian Savea, and the number 8 (sorry I forgot his name).

In the Welsh game Bleyendaal was taking penatly shots from 55m-60m, and he hand no problems with the distance (his accuracy was sadly off though), but it will be exciting to see if in the next few years whether he can make the AB's. He definately has the potential.

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Tui June 23, 2010 11:44 pm

Grimbo.... Is that a joke or a serious quote?? lol

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Anonymous June 24, 2010 6:28 am

wow total domination for three years running...

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Greiffel June 24, 2010 7:26 am

@ Tui, it's troll 'Grimbo' stirring again.

The Baby Blacks are always incredibly powerful at junior level. The South Africans and English have been strong too though. This year these guys (kids) are really impressive. Congrats to them

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Bradders June 24, 2010 8:03 am

Looked like a great game for Kiwi Junior Rugby.

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Paolo June 24, 2010 8:27 am

That Salvea fella looks amazing, as did the 10

However, I think this is part of the problem for the Kiwis. They dominate at this level to such an extent that when it comes to the difficult, crunch games (eg vs France in the last World Cup), they haven't developed the mental toughness to eke out a win

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Franky June 24, 2010 10:14 am

Paolo said... I think this is part of the problem for the Kiwis. They dominate at this level to such an extent that when it comes to the difficult, crunch games (eg vs France in the last World Cup), they haven't developed the mental toughness to eke out a win.

Paolo, you're ignoring the dozens of crunch games that the ABs have faced over the decades and come out triumphant, often from behind. And they have a long history of defeating sides both home and away who tell the world how "this time we can beat them" and then the ABs go on and spank them. This takes real "mental toughness" over decades of rugby and the WC losses don't change that.
When you say this is "part of the problem for the Kiwis" I look at the IRB rankings which they've mostly dominated for years and are still at #1 and say, "what problem?", most nations would kill to have that problem. But maybe some nations just don't have the mental toughness.

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NiWiTa June 24, 2010 11:52 am

Fair comments Franky although I think Paolo might have something here. No one is disputing AB mental toughness as a whole, or indeed their number 1 IRB ranking. However winning ugly is something the AB's don't do. Indeed the last worldcup was not won by NZ. I will be very interested to see if the IRB # 1 team go on to dominate the tri-nations against worldcup champions SA and a vastly improved Ozzie backline.

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Stoopid June 24, 2010 12:05 pm

"However, I think this is part of the problem for the Kiwis. They dominate at this level to such an extent that when it comes to the difficult, crunch games (eg vs France in the last World Cup), they haven't developed the mental toughness to eke out a win"

Ok, what would you like them to do? Play to a lower standard than their potential?

I fail to see how it is a Kiwi "problem" by going out to do their best and playing to their maximum potential as these junior sides have done consistently.

I can see Paolo's pre-match speech to the players, "OK lads, now seeing as the senior side is struggling in crunch world cup games, i want you guys to take it easy on the opposition at this tournament so we can simulate "tight match" situations, that way in a few years time when you're at a world cup yourself you can think back and say you've 'experienced tight games' before back in the junior ranks"

Good one Paolo you tit.

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Paolo June 24, 2010 12:18 pm

Stoopid - never has a name been so apt

In falling over yourself to argue with me, you mis-understand what I am saying

I am not arguing that the Kiwis are not the number 1 side in world rugby historically, because they are.

I am not saying that they should not win as comprehensively as they possibly can, because they should

However, for all their dominance, they do not have a good record in the world cup - which is without a doubt the premier showcase and tournament for global rugby. And if you think that any All Black wouldn't give their right nut to win a world cup, then you are kidding yourself

So, there is clearly an issue there and by pondering it, I am not putting the Kiwis down, just addressing the reality

There are probably many factors that have contributed to their failures - media and supporter pressure not least among them

However, as per my original post, one of these factors may be their dominance in the age groups leading up to test rugby.

If you go through your playing career destroying opponents with beautiful free-flowing rugby and then all of a sudden you are faced with a team that for 70 minutes have not only been your equal but may actually be beating you, then to what experience do you turn? Are you able to win ugly when you've never had to do it before?

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Nick June 24, 2010 12:36 pm

Well done to the Baby Blacks, that was awesome, just out of interest, do most these guys play S14 or not?

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NiWiTa June 24, 2010 12:47 pm

Fairly said Paolo - I am a massive AB fan although coming from lowly NH origins.

As a result I would love NZ to win the worldcup. I always thought the leadership of the team on the pitch by two or three key individuals was the key to success when teams are evenly matched. This something England benefited from in Martin johnson, Mike (the South African) Catt and Jonny Wilkinson when they were all on the park together. They have also been pants since this triumvirate stopped playing together.

I can see it within other SH teams but other than McGaw wonder who can provide this decision making backbone in the AB backs. Dan Carter is a superb player but mercurial and variable from game to game.

I hope I don't get accused of being a "hater". Just keen to understand how my other team (dual nationality)can bring the cup home.

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NiWiTa June 24, 2010 1:17 pm

Hi RD, any chance of England v the NZ Maoris highlights please. That was a magice game with great tries from the Maori's and a makeshift albeit tight England team blooding some younguns

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RD June 24, 2010 1:51 pm

Niwita, yes, highlights of that game will be posted soon. To make sure requests are always answered, please get in touch via email or post a message in the requests section in future rather. Thanks!

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Paolo June 24, 2010 3:11 pm

NiWiTa - perhaps that's another factor. England 2003, SA 2007 - all had a core of experienced decision makers. Something i would argue that the All Blacks lacked

The France game in the last world cup was a perfect example. The entire pub where I was watching (not to mention the TV commentators and probably most AB fans) were wondering why on earth they didn't go for a drop goal rather than trying to batter over France's line in the last few minutes.

I wonder if no-one stepped up to take responsibility for the decision and because of that they reverted to what they always try to do, which is score tries

Its all very well bringing all these bright youngsters into your squad, but when it comes down to it, in moments like that, you need a Dallagio, a Matfield or a Johnson to take control, take responsibility and make a decision

If I were a Kiwi supporter, I'd be hoping Woodcock stays fit and that Hayman can be persuaded back

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Stoopid June 25, 2010 12:10 pm

"If you go through your playing career destroying opponents with beautiful free-flowing rugby and then all of a sudden you are faced with a team that for 70 minutes have not only been your equal but may actually be beating you, then to what experience do you turn? Are you able to win ugly when you've never had to do it before?"

Again, i fail to see how this is a "Kiwi problem" like you suggested.

The only "problem" Kiwi teams have is going out to play to their potential..if that's a problem in your eyes, lord help us all.

If other teams fail to raise the bar as consistently as the Kiwi teams do then in my eyes that is "their problem" not a Kiwi one.

If it comes back to bite NZ in the arse come world cup (because other nations dont play as well or should i say consistently well as NZ) then so be it, a better team has won on the day and I can accept that.

However to suggest that its a "Kiwi problem" like we bring it on ourselves by our own making is downright ignorant and yes, stoopid on your part.

For the record - i never suggested you were putting down the Kiwis neither. I'm simply addressing your point that it's somehow "a Kiwi problem" which clearly it is not.

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Anonymous June 25, 2010 6:34 pm

Stoopid you're dumb, it's a kiwi problem because it can only apply to kiwis!!!

However for the domination of kiwis in the age groups, my opinion is that they get fitted for top level rugby younger than caucasian players. I don't think being wrong while saying that you can find weight group while playing rugby at school in NZ. This added to the organisation of kiwi rugby and the position of first sport in NZ makes baby blacks the top side every year.

European players get fitted and tougher later on which give them roughness and the ability to play fiercely in crunch games they're meant to loose.

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Grimbo June 26, 2010 12:15 am

I think what is disappointing is only 1 person responded to my comment....very sad indeed...you guys need to grow..um..down?!

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Stoopid June 28, 2010 7:38 am

Anon - "European players get fitted and tougher later on which give them roughness and the ability to play fiercely in crunch games they're meant to loose."

Sounds like you're suggesting the entire NZ squad is made up of Polynesian players?

Can you tell me 2 things a) how many players in NZs squad and b) how many of those players were of non-European descent ie. Polynesian extraction?

Maybe then we can extrapolate to you're previous comment for accuracy.

Oh and can you explain why Samoa and Tonga came second-to-last and last in this tournament if these players are of the same genetic makeup as the Kiwis you suggest "mature faster"?

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