Australia U20s fall to red hot Kiwis

World Rugby U20s Championship
by staff

New Zealand put down a marker as one of the teams to beat at the World Junior Championships in Georgia in June when they disposed of Australia 43-6 at Bond University on Saturday night.

The Kiwis were ruthless in their six tries to nil win over the Australians who struggled to cope with the cohesion and overall speed and skills of the New Zealanders who were crowned Oceania title winners.

They led 29-6 at halftime and really motored away in the second half and at the same time stopped the Aussies from scoring a try in the big showdown..

Once again their skipper, No.8 Luke Jacobson, was amongst their best with two tries and a great 80 minute effort with and without the ball.

Not far behind him was flyhallf Tiaan Falcon who missed only one shot at goal all night and pulled the strings in the backline well all night and centre Orbyn Leger.

The New Zealanders went through the tournament undefeated and did not fail to score less than 40 points in any of their three games.

The Aussies for the most part struggled to compete with the Kiwis but skipper Reece Hewat tried hard as did his back row teammate Angus Scott-Young.


Australia 6

Pens: Nucifora 2

New Zealand 43

Tries: Jacobson 2, Christie, Tua, Jordan, Walker-Leawere

Cons: Falcon 5

Pens: Falcon 1 


Australia U20s to face New Zealand

1.      Harry Johnson-Holmes

2.      Jordan Uelese

3.      Harry Chapman

4.      Ryan McCauley

5.      Harry Hockings

6.      Angus Scott-Young (VC)

7.      Liam Wright

8.      Reece Hewat (C)

9.      Harry Nucifora

10.     Nick Jooste (vc)

11.     James Ramm

12.     Tony Hunt

13.     Dylan Riley

14.     Jayden Ngamanu

15.     Semisi Tupou


16.     Efi Maafu

17.     Sama Malolo

18.     Vaauli Faamausili

19.     Angus Blyth

20.     Lachlan Swinton

21.     Theo Strang

22.     Isaac Lucas

23.     Clay Uyen

New Zealand U20s to face Australia U20s 

1.Ezekiel Lindenmuth 

2. Asafo Aumua

3. Pouri Rakete-Stones

4.Isaia Walker-Leawere

5. Sam Caird  

6. Dalton Papalii

7. Tom Christie 

8. Luke Jacobson (C)

9. Ereatara Enari (VC)

10. Tiaan Falcon

11. Tima Faingaanuku

12. Orbyn Leger

13. Tamati Tua

14. Josh McKay

15. Will Jordan


16.JP Sauni

17. Harrison Allan

18. Alex Fidow

19. Jacob Pierce

20. Marino Mikaele-Tu'u

21. Kemara Hauiti-Parapara       

22. Thomas Umaga-Jensen

23. Caleb Clarke