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New Zealand beat England to fifth Under 20s World Championship title

New Zealand beat England to fifth Under 20s World Championship title
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New Zealand secured their fifth Under 20s World Championship after beating England 21-16 in an enthralling final in Cremona on Saturday. It was the first title for the Baby Blacks since 2011 and their triumph brought to an end a two year winning streak for the English.

England started the game strongly and scored a cracking opening try through Max Clark. The centre, latching onto a superb flat pass rom Rory Jennings, burst through the Kiwi defence and showed considerable pace to breeze round full back Mitchell Hunt for the score.

Jennings added the conversion and a further penalty extended the lead as New Zealand got on the scoreboard with a Otere Black penalty after 8 minutes.

Vincent Tavea-Aso came on as a substitute for injured centre TJ Faiane and made an immmediate impact taking just 20 seconds to score a brilliant individual try. The 20 year-old evaded several defenders en route to a sensational score in the far corner.

The conversion was missed but Black added a penalty on the brink of half-time to take an 11-10 lead.

New Zealand came out firing in the second half and scored their second try after just five minutes. Number 8 Akira Ioane barged over from close range to dot down near the posts; Black converted to increase the lead to 18-10 with England having scarcely touched the ball in the second period.

Ioane’s celebrations were short-lived however as he received a yellow card three minutes later, for not using arms in a tackle on Jennings.

England pounced on the numerical advantage and so nearly scored their second try to reduce the deficit. However the TMO ruled that replacement Piers O’Conor was in front of Howard Packman as the winger chipped ahead.

Jennings slotted two further penalties but New Zealand made sure of victory with a third Black penalty. The Baby Blacks then held off a valiant challenge to grab their fifith World Championship in seven years.

11 Comments

  • sportbarry
    8:42 PM 26/06/2015

    It was not included because it gets in the way of theme pushed that NZ get special treatment by the IRB (please don't call them world rugby) and that is why they win. Special treatment like in the 2011 RWC final when McCaw was both head butted and eye-gouged but attracted zero action to the perpetrator

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  • danknapp
    11:16 AM 26/06/2015

    Rly

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  • danknapp
    11:15 AM 26/06/2015

    The language was offensive. I offered no comment whatsoever on the haka itself.

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  • drg
    11:30 AM 25/06/2015

    "Prolly"? Really?

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  • danknapp
    9:41 AM 24/06/2015

    Nobody feed the troll.

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  • stroudos
    8:56 AM 24/06/2015

    Don't think so mate. They've done it twice before every game I've seen in this competition. (For the Jerry Collins one they could have done it 20 times as far as I'm concerned, that's a different situation altogether). I didn't say I was sick of it. I love the haka. Something about having seen it before every single game for x-hundred times now, it's just starting to lose a bit of its mystique, for me personally.

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  • stroudos
    7:55 PM 23/06/2015

    Haha! Yeah, at least he can blame the angle and speed of the England player's run - and the fact it's a front five forward against a pacy back. I think it's FIVE England players who missed or made very ineffective tackles for the first NZ try.

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  • stroudos
    7:48 PM 23/06/2015

    Someone's got his fishing rod out! ;) But I have to admit, much as I bloody love the haka as a spectacle and it almost pains me to say it, I'm starting to get a bit bored of it recently. Maybe it should just be for home games or something?? Also, these Baby Blacks seem to perform the whole Ka Mate sequence twice?? Seems a bit gratuitous frankly.4

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  • oldflyhalf
    2:47 PM 23/06/2015

    Not happy about the tackling -lock no. 4- for the first England try!!! ...the symmetry of views. :)

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  • reality
    10:23 PM 22/06/2015

    RD, that should be 'Cremona' rather than 'Cremano'.

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  • stroudos
    8:42 PM 22/06/2015

    Not happy about the tackling for the first NZ try!!!

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