6/24/2013

Australian Under 20s finish seventh at IRB Junior World Championship

 

The Australian Under 20s have finished seventh at the IRB Junior World Championship in France following a 28-17 win over Ireland in their final match of the tournament.

The Australian Under 20s have finished seventh at the IRB Junior World Championship in France following a 28-17 win over Ireland in their final match of the tournament.

Playing at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon, France, overnight, Australian Under 20s coach Adrian Thompson was pleased to see the tournament end with a win.

"I’m happy with the result today,” Thompson said.
“We would have liked to do better in the tournament, but we’ve shown some good signs of improvement.

“It’s a great experience and very different from playing in Australia. It's good to come overseas and play different teams. It’s a good learning experience for them.”

Australian Under 20s captain Curtis Browning was proud of his team’s ability to bounce back from a loss.

"It's a great experience for all the boys,” Browning said.
“To finish on a win is a good note to go home on. It’s always good to have a win, and it’s no different today."

The Australian Under 20s had a tough tournament, with a similar trajectory to last year. They won just one of their three pool games, falling 19-15 to Ireland and 14-10 to New Zealand, before defeating Fiji 46-12.

They then lost 22-15 to Argentina in their fifth-place semi-final, while Ireland fell 9-8 to France in their semi-final.

The Australians controlled the match against the Irish from the outset and took a 20-3 lead into the half-time break following tries to Harry Parker and Michael Wells, along with a penalty goal each to Jake McIntyre and Luke Burton. Burton added both conversions.

The Irish struck first in the second half, with a try and penalty goal closing the gap to 20-11. The teams then traded penalty goals, with another to Australia’s Burton, to take the score to 23-14 with 20 minutes to go.

Ireland were kept to just one penalty goal for the remainder of the match, while Alex Northam added the final try for Australia to take the score to 28-17.

Australia 28 – Ireland 17


Australia (Harry Parker, Michael Wells, Alex Northam tries; Luke Burton 2 conversions, 2 penalties; Jake McIntyre penalty)

Australian Under 20s v Ireland
Click to view Australian Under-20 bios online

 

Name

State

Club

1

Pettowa Paraka

QLD

Easts

2

Andrew Ready

QLD

Easts

3

Oliver Hoskins

WA

Cottesloe

4

Senio Toleafoa

NSW

West Harbour

5

Tom Staniforth

ACT

Royals

6

Michael Wells

NSW

Northern Suburbs

7

Mark Baldwin

NSW

Randwick

8

Curtis Browning (c)

QLD

University of Queensland

9

Waldo Wessels

NSW

Southern Districts

10

Jake McIntyre

NSW

Sunnybank

11

Alex Northam

NSW

Manly

12

Luke Burton

WA

University RC WA

13

Lalakai Foketi

NSW

Manly

14

Harry Parker

QLD

University of Queensland

15

Jonah Placid

QLD

Easts

 

 

 

 

16

Silatolu Latu

NSW

Sydney University

17

Allan Alaalatoa

QLD

Easts

18

Phil Kite

QLD

GPS Old Boys

19

Jack Dempsey

NSW

Gordon

20

Patrick Sio

NSW

Northern Suburbs

21

Ben Meehan

QLD

Sunnybank

22

Reece Hodge

NSW

Manly

23

Ulupano Seuteni

QLD

Easts

Australian Under-20 IRB Junior World Championship results

Date

Opponent

Location

6 June, 2:45am (AEST)

V Ireland (L 19-15)

Stade de la Rabine in Vannes

10 June, 4:45am (AEST)

V New Zealand (L 14-10)

Stade de la Rabine in Vannes

14 June, 4:45am (AEST)

V Fiji (W 46-12)

Stade de la Rabine in Vannes

19 June, 3:00am (AEST)

V Argentina (L 22-15)

Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon

23 June, 11:00pm (AEST)

V Ireland  (W 28-17)

Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon