New Zealand’s Baby Blacks took advantage of a poor kicking display by Australia to come from behind to win 22-19 at the IRB U19 World Championship on Thursday.
The result, however, was good enough for both teams to advance to the semi-finals, with New Zealand favourites to end on top of the log. New Zealand finished the round-robin stage with three wins from three and 14 points.
The Aussies, who went into the game against their Trans-Tasman rivals in top spot took away a bonus point for finishing within seven points and ended on 11 pool points.
Only France have a realistic chance of overtaking the Wallabies. The French play Argentina in their last pool match and will be favourites to win. Currently on nine points the French will probably end on either 13 or 14 points, but would have to win by a massive margin to dislodge the Baby Blacks from number one on points difference.
Wales’ massive victory over Romania means the Boks need a bonus point against England and will need a huge points difference to advance, which is highly unlikely.