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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Junior World Championship 2012 - Day Two Highlights

The next round of the Junior World Championships takes place today, with a few crucial games that will determine who makes it through to the knock out stages. Here's a look back at what happened on Friday, in Round two, with one huge upset in particular.

New Zealand's U20 side, the Baby Blacks, were defeated for the first time in the tournament's history as Wales got the better of them in muddy and wet conditions in Stellenbosch.

Not only was it New Zealand's first loss in the tournament, spanning 21 matches, but last year they had beaten Wales 92-0 in Italy, reiterating the magnitude of the result. Young up and coming starts Matthew Morgan and Tom Prydie both played crucial roles towards aching the 9-6 victory.

Argentina also produced an upset win, as they followed up their opening round win over France with an impressive 15-3 victory over Australia.

"In this tournament it's a another victory for us. We want to win, we have a dream and don't think anything is going to stop us," said Argentina captain Sebastian Poet.

Below are highlights from all the matches, featuring the aforementioned upsets, as well as England vs Ireland, South Africa vs Italy, Fiji vs Samoa, and France vs Scotland.

We'll be featuring highlights from each round of the tournament, including the knock out stages. 

Posted by Rugbydump at 12:08 pm | View Comments (11)

Junior World Championship 2012 - Opening day highlights

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Anon June 12, 2012 4:33 pm

How to beat Australia/New Zealand? Pray for Rain.

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moddeur June 12, 2012 5:04 pm

I think that what makes the ABs particularly good at what they do, is that they play flowing rugby in a country where it rains a lot. Mud is a different matter though ...

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Pretzel June 12, 2012 7:56 pm

I've said it all along and I have always been criticised for it, SH teams are not AS adapted to playing in those sorts of conditions as NH teams... It is not always guaranteed of course, however anyone that has played rugby in the NH will know that the majority of their games are in unpleasant conditions, it is only around the end of the season and the start of the season when they play in "hot" sunshine...

SH teams play the majority of their games in "good" conditions and therefore play faster free flowing rugby... NH teams adapt to the bad weather by playing close knit "keep it in the forwards" sort of stuff.... Look at how Scotland often play, the majority of their style involves the forwards working their way to the try line inch by inch with pick and drives as a fast pass out to the back line CAN lead to a knock on due to a wet slippery muddy ball...

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southernman June 13, 2012 4:19 am

Well that point might generally hold up for Australia and South Africa (with recent obvious exceptions being the Aus/Scot game and the current AS weather at the JRWC). But the NZ winter is generally very cold, wet and windy (esp in the Sth island). It appears Ireland find this out as it is forecast to snow in Chch in the next few days (there was lots of snow there last weekend).

When Ireland last visited Wellington (2010?), after the game BOD commented that was the coldest game he had played in (or something to that effect).

So I wouldn't say the weather in NZ has stopped our players from developing high skill levels. But I agree that playing in the sun on a hard ground will only serve to help improve your skill levels and ability to execute complicated moves. However, I believe the primary factor necessarily for skill development is good coaching and developing an appropriate team attitude and confidence. And being a NZ fan I can remember countless games in horrible conditions where the team has executed beautiful moves.

Anyway the weather doesn’t seem to stop all teams up north playing wide, skilful and expansive games, where teams like Wales & France are loaded with skilful and clever players.

Anyway congrats to Wales! What a great turnaround from last year. They took their opportunities are deserved winners. The junior AB’s will be hurting after that loss and I hope the semi is another great contest.

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Pretzel June 13, 2012 5:25 pm

I do agree, thats why I said that it's not always a guarantee... Of course, the further south in the SH you go the crappier the weather will get... And yes, good coaching and a good development plan is perhaps the main point, as we have seen with the NZ team new (debut) players often seem to jump nicely into place without any great hiccups, you can't blame the weather on that one...

However as a general term a lot of NH rugby (minus France) seems to be left to the hands of the forwards who try and grind out a win... however this HAS changed in the last few years where we have started to see some more "exciting" rugby produced by the NH... Again look at Scotland, they used to produce some real dogged grinding rugby and recently they have actually tried to include the backs in more than just crash balls...

But yeh the real deal is the coaching and quality of development, but having a decent platform to play off (the ground) is going to improve the quality of play also..

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WelshOsprey June 12, 2012 9:03 pm

New zealander with the afro/dreadlocks is fuarking huge

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rob10 June 12, 2012 10:40 pm

ofa tu'ungafasi?

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dd June 13, 2012 12:12 am

the new zealand prop with the dreadlocks is the spits of predator from the films!!

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Guy June 13, 2012 7:28 pm

Great highlights again. They make a fun half hour watch.

Impressed by the Argentinians...again. They seem to have a lot of strenght coming from the youth. That with the experience they will gain in the 4 Nations will probably make them quite a formidable team in the next five years or so.

Also: good to see the Fijians and the Samoans huddling together at the end of the match. There seems to be great rivalry as well as great comradry amongst those teams.

Thanks again RD!

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mouseonfire June 16, 2012 7:51 pm

I was very, very disapointed that Ireland could not grab the victory - I actually went to School with JJ Hanrahan and he is going to be a star in the near future probably more a 10 than a 12 but has a very cool head similar to Ronan O Gara.

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