New Zealand U20s off to a flyer against Fiji U20s

by Staff Writer

New Zealand started their defence of the Oceania U20s Championship with a comprehensive 63-3 win over Fiji on Friday night at Bond University on the Gold Coast.

The Kiwis were measured throughout the 80 minutes but set up their big win with four tries in the first half and near flawless kicking display from their young flyhallf Tiaan Falcon.

They were helped in that first stanza by a solid breeze at their backs and Falcon was able to makes the most of that with his kicking out of hand and off the tee.

Falcon ended up with 23 points off the boot while fullback Will Jordan notched up a hat-trick of tries.

The Kiwis were dominant at the breakdown throughout and got plenty of metres from their No.6 Dalton Papalii and No.8 and skipper Luke Jacobson. 

Opensider Tom Christie was another solid contributor and managed to get over for two tries in the second half.

RESULT

Oceania U20s Championship

New Zealand 63

Tries: Jordan 3, Christie 2, Sauni, Papalii Leger

Cons: Falcon 7, Mateo

Pens: Falcon 3

Fiji 3

Pen: 1

TEAM

New Zealand Under 20 team to face Fiji

1. Harrison Allan - Canterbury

2.JP Sauni - Auckland

3.Ryan Coxon - Waikato

4.Jacob Pierce - Auckland

5.Sam Slade - Auckland

6.Dalton Papalii (VC) - Auckland

7.Tom Christie - Canterbury

8.Luke Jacobson (C) - Waikato

9.Kemara Hauiti Parapara - Wellington

10. Tiaan Falcon - Hawke’s Bay

11.Jona Nareki - Otago

12. Orbyn Leger - Counties Manukau

13. Tamati Tua - Northland

14.Tima Faingaanuku - Tasman

15.Will Jordan - Tasman

Replacements

16. Asafo Aumua - Wellington

17.Tim Farrell - Hawke’s Bay

18. Pouri Rakete-Stones - Hawke’s Bay

19. Isaia Walker-Leawere - Wellington

20.Adrian Choat - Auckland

21.Carlos Price - Wellington

22. Ciarahn Matoe - Taranaki

23.Caleb Clarke - Auckland

 

COMING UP

2017 Oceania Rugby U20s Championship

Round 2, Tuesday May 2

New Zealand vs Samoa, 3pm AEST

Australia vs Fiji, 5pm AEST

Round 3, Saturday May 6

Samoa vs Fiji, 5pm AEST

Australia v New Zealand 7pm AEST

 

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