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Thursday, June 06, 2013

Day One Highlights from the IRB Junior World Championship

The IRB Junior World Championship kicked off in France yesterday, with defending champions South Africa looking strong, and Argentina, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Wales all winning their games. We've got highlights from all six matches for you.

If you were following RD on Twitter or Facebook last night you will have noted that it was quite an eventful evening in the tournament, as South Africa came close to racking up 100 points against the USA, while New Zealand beat Fiji comfortably in a game that included 2 red cards.

Below are quick match recaps from all six games, as well as links to all the highlights from the IRB. If you prefer it, you also have the option to view all the videos and info on one page.

  In what was considered a junior version of 'Le Crunch', hosts France failed to score a try as England came away 30-6 victors. Captain Jack Clifford scored twice, following on from his hat-trick against France in the Six Nations earlier this year.
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  Ireland were 'over the moon' with their 19-15 upset victory over Australia in Vannes. Last year they shocked eventual champions South Africa on the opening day, so this second big scalp will give them confidence going forward. Australia meanwhile felt they didn't take their opportunities.
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  South Africa recordered the biggest ever winning margin as they beat the USA 97-0 in La Roche-sur-Yon. They scored 16 tries in total, and came close to the elusive 100 mark at full time, but captain Ruan Steenkamp held onto a pass over the tryline. Sevens star Seabelo Senatla scored four tries.
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  In the most talked about game of the day, for all the wrong reasons, Fiji had two players red carded and three yellow carded as they lost 59-6 to New Zealand. At one stage they were playing with just 11 players on the park. After some debatable decisions, the referee was booed off the park.
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  The young Argentinians showed that they're a force to be reckoned with as they were convincing 44-13 winners against Scotland, who admitted that they were hammered up front. Test capped flyhalf Patricio Fernandez scored 29 points. Argentina play Samoa next, in a match they will be favourites to win.
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  Wales and Samoa opened the tournament, as the Welshmen notched up a convincing 42-3 bonus point win over the pacific islanders. They scored six tries in total and go top of Pool C, and will meet home nation rivals Scotland in their next fixture, which takes place in Nantes on Sunday.
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On the opening day 43 tries were scored in total, but who impressed you the most?

In what was considered a junior version of 'Le Crunch', hosts France failed to score a try as England came away 30-6 victors. Captain Jack Clifford scored twice, following on from his hat-trick against France in the Six Nations earlier this year.

 

Ireland were 'over the moon' with their 19-15 upset victory over Australia in Vannes. Last year they shocked eventual champions South Africa on the opening day, so this second big scalp will give them confidence going forward. Australia meanwhile felt they didn't take their opportunities.

 

South Africa recordered the biggest ever winning margin as they beat the USA 97-0 in La Roche-sur-Yon. They scored 16 tries in total, and came close to the elusive 100 mark at full time, but captain Ruan Steenkamp held onto a pass over the tryline. Sevens star Seabelo Senatla scored four tries.

 

In the most talked about game of the day, for all the wrong reasons, Fiji had two players red carded and three yellow carded as they lost 59-6 to New Zealand. At one stage they were playing with just 11 players on the park. After some debatable decisions, the referee was booed off the park.

 

The young Argentinians showed that they're a force to be reckoned with as they were convincing 44-13 winners against Scotland, who admitted that they were hammered up front. Test capped flyhalf Patricio Fernandez scored 29 points. Argentina play Samoa next, in a match they will be favourites to win.

 

Wales and Samoa opened the tournament, as the Welshmen notched up a convincing 42-3 bonus point win over the pacific islanders. They scored six tries in total and go top of Pool C, and will meet home nation rivals Scotland in their next fixture, which takes place in Nantes on Sunday.

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smilingjim June 06, 2013 6:41 pm

Thanks for the post, a simple an effective way of viewing the highlights

As alway the baby blacks look the ones to beat, but the argies seem to be improving extremely quickly. What with them now, and at long overdue, compeating in the the rugby championship (formaly the tri nations) I wouldn't be suprised if they start to domiante the european nations like the other southern hamishphere teams.

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Reality June 06, 2013 9:38 pm

Leaving aside the countries where rugby isn't popular, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa are in the southern hemisphere too, you know.

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Justsomenorthernhemi June 06, 2013 11:52 pm

Baby blacks look the best hahaha your kidding the beat a below par side that had significantly fewer players on the pitch because of poor refereeing by 50 points.. well done it is to early to judge at this stage but if i had to England or Ireland looked the best

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Bokkie June 09, 2013 2:46 pm

Dream on baby blacks..... Go BOKKE!!!!

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Griff June 06, 2013 8:22 pm

Not sure you can pick a favourite out of those results. . . .premiture to start a NH Vs SH debate already so keep those comments to yourself for now buddy.

I think there are are some good looking teams stretching their legs out there and some great tries. I'm looking forward to seeing the knock out stages. Sorry to see the islanders getting beaten by those margins.

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WoodenMan June 06, 2013 8:25 pm

Not sure either of those Fijian reds were deserved. The first one he hardly speared him into the floor and the second one was more worthy of a yellow IMO.

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SpecialK17 June 06, 2013 11:24 pm

The second red seemed very harsh, surely a yellow would have been enough.

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juancho June 07, 2013 1:13 am

Arg- Scot
Beared guy smeling his ass? min 0:13

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Christiaan G June 07, 2013 1:24 am

The discipline seemed to be lacking at some of the games but the explosiveness and sheer hunger that most teams displayed is very good to see. We went to watch a lot of the games of last years competition and the same could not be said.

The red cards seemed very excessive though, the ref has to realise these players still have an entire competition ahead of them and ending their competition for such unworthy offenses is not very gentlemanly. I reckon they should be reviewed.

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Sydney Subby June 07, 2013 4:46 am

The ref has to make the call on the isolated incident. I don't think you can say that he shouldn't red card them because it might impact them later in the tournament. Having said that, I think both incidents should have been yellow cards. I've seen much worse spear/high tackles than those get yellows.

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Guest June 07, 2013 9:30 am

I totally agree with Sydney Subby. What comes after (a Rugby World Cup final, 75minutes to play or whatever) does not matter. A cards is always factual. If what the player is worth a card, then he must get one.

The second red card seems indeed very, very harsh. It was a big (and a bit high maybe) but the player used both of his hands to make it.
On the other hand, I think that the first red card is not that harsh. The Fidji player clearly lifted the NZ one, twisted him in the air and drived him to the ground.

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ConnachtMan June 07, 2013 11:13 am

Well done to the Irish lads over the Aussies!

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Bokkie June 09, 2013 2:44 pm

Go Bokke!!!!!

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