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Friday, June 17, 2016

The 5 Best Tries from Round 3 of the World Rugby U20 Championship

The group stages of the World U20 Rugby Championships are over, and we now know the make-up of the Semi-Finals. Here’s a quick round-up of the upcoming fixtures, along with a look at five of the best tries from round three.

The big story from the group stages is New Zealand failing to make it to the Semi-Finals for the first time in the tournament’s history.

Despite a 79th minute penalty by Beauden Barrett’s younger brother, Jordie, giving them an 18-17 victory over a Wales team who had led for 77 minutes (an all-too-familiar occurrence for the senior team as well), it wasn’t enough for the Baby Blacks, having lost to Ireland in the first round.

As it happens, Wales and New Zealand will now play each other again in the 5th place play-offs.

Ireland and England are flying the Northern Hemisphere flag in the Semi-Finals, and they will play Argentina and South Africa respectively.

Ireland easily saw off a Georgia side who had battled Wales all the way in the previous round, winning 35-7, while Argentina defeated Japan 39-20 to seal their place. 

England mirrored the success of the senior side by defeating Australia 17-13 to book their place.

South Africa overcame France 40-31 in a high-scoring encounter, giving the nation something to celebrate after they were defeated by their Argentinian counterparts over the weekend, alongside the senior side’s failure to topple the 14 men of Ireland.

There were some great tries during round three, as the below video shows. Tevita Tatafu scored an outstanding try for Japan with a 40m burst down the touchline, showing that between him and Ataata Moeakiola, Japan won’t be short of ball-carriers in the coming years.

Jack Maddocks finished off a lovely backs move for Australia, while Joe Thomas and Curwin Bosch were both on the end of excellently weighted kicks for Wales and South Africa respectively.

Also in the South Africa match, Gabriel Ngandebe showed that French rugby isn’t all about muscle, as he set off from inside his own half before stepping and swerving his way under the sticks.

 

Upcoming Fixtures (all matches on Monday June 20th, GMT):


Semi-Finals:

5.30pm - Ireland vs Argentina

7.45pm - England vs South Africa

 

5th Place Play-Offs:

3.15pm - New Zealand vs Wales

7.45pm - Scotland vs Australia

 

9th Place Play-Offs:

3.15pm - Georgia vs Italy

5.30pm - France vs Japan

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