Baby Boks falter, big trio triumph

GARETH DUNCAN reports on the opening day of the Junior World Championship in Cape Town.

AUSTRALIA 62 (36) SCOTLAND 12 (5), BELLVILLE

It was a convincing showing from the Aussies, who thrived on attack against a fragile Scotland defence. The former exposed the latter thanks to their ability to offload in the tackle regularly and their effective set-piece play.

Australia ran in 11 tries in the 55-point drubbing, with flyhalf Hugh Roach and outside centre Chris Sautia grabbing a brace apiece.

Scotland managed consolation scores through wing Jamie Farndale and lock Andrew Redmayne.

Australia — Tries: Curtis Browning, James Dargaville, Nick Frisby, Jed Holloway, Silatolu Latu, Apo Latunipulu, Hugh Roach (2), Chris Sautia (2), Maile Ngauamo. Conversions: Kyle Godwin (4), UJ Seuteni (2)

Scotland — Tries: Jamie Farndale, Andrew Redmayne. Conversion: Harry Leonard.

Australia — 15 Nick Frisby, 14 James Dargaville, 13 Chris Sautia, 12 Apo Latunipulu, 11 Allan Faalavaau, 10 Kyle Godwin, 9 Matt Lucas, 8 Benn Melrose, 7 Liam Gill (c), 6 Curtis Browning, 5 Steven Cummins, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Les Makin, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Silatolu Latu.
Subs: 16 Maile Ngauamo, 17 Pettowa Paraka, 18 Sam Reiser, 19 Thomas Cusack, 20 Jock Merriman, 21 Con Foley. 22 UJ Seuteni, 23 Allan Alaalatoa.

Scotland — 15 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 14 Jamie Farndale, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Finn Russell, 11 Mike Crawley, 10 Harry Leonard (c), 9 Matt Torrance, 8 Andrew Nagle, 7 Will Bordill, 6 Jamie Swanson, 5 Andrew Redmayne, 4 Mitch Eadie, 3 Alex Allan, 2 Fergus Scott, 1 Robin Hislop.
Subs: 16 George Turner, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Gavin Robertson, 19 Adam Sinclair, 20 Alex Henderson, 21 Gary Graham, 22 Murray McConnell, 23 Tommy Allan.

WALES 44 (3), FIJI 18 (12), STELLENBOSCH

Wales delivered a strong second-half showing to record a 44-15 win over Fiji.

The Pacific Islanders led 12-5 at half-time as they physically dominated the European nation. The Kerevi brothers, wing Josua and inside centre Samu, crossed the chalk. Wales managed a penalty via flyhalf Sam Davies.

However, Wales played much better after the break as they ran in six unanswered tries in the final stanza to secure victory.

Wales — Tries: Cory Hill, Cory Allen, Darran Harris, Matthew Morgan, Daniel Thomas, Eli Walker. Conversions: Sam Davies, Morgan (3). Penalties: Davies (2).

Fiji — Tries: Josua Kerevi, Sam Kerevi. Conversion: Sakiusa Gavidi. Penalties: Tikilaci Vuibau (2).

Wales — 15 Ross Jones, 14 Eli Walker, 13 Jack Dixon, 12 Owen Williams, 11 Luke Morgan, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Jonathan Evans, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Daniel Thomas, 6 Luke Hamilton, 5 Matthew Screech, 4 Cory Hill (c), 3 Samson Lee, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Rob Evans.
Subs: 16 Darran Harris, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Will John, 19 Rhodri Hughes, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Tom Habberfield, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Cory Allen.

Fiji — 15 Matayavusa Lea (c), 14 Josua Kerevi, 13 Sevanaia Galala, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Jimilai Rokoduru, 10 Michael Little, 9 Sakiusa Gavidi, Aca Simolo, 7 Ledua Ratumuri, 6 Joketani Raikabula, 5 Esikia Macu, 4 Temo Raibevu, 3 Alex Hodgman, 2 Jale Sassen, 1 Ratulame Lewanavanua.
16 Etuati Qadrodro, 17 Semi Keli, 18 Petero Tivitivi, 19 Sakeasi Kautoga, 20 Sitiveni Nawaqa, 21 Seru Cavuilati, 22 Timoci Seruwalu, 23 Tikilaci Vuibau.

ENGLAND 64 (24) ITALY 5 (5), BELLVILLE

U20 Six Nations champions England dominated European minnows Italy. They ran in nine tries via wing Josh Bassett, loosehead prop Luke Cowan-Dickie, scrumhalf Dan Robson, wing Marlande Yarde (2), reserve flyhalf Ryan Mills, replacement prop Kyle Sinckler, and centres Tom Heathecote and Sam Hill.

Italy grabbed a consolation try via wing Leonardo Sarto.

England – Tries: Josh Bassett, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dan Robson, Marlande Yarde (2), Ryan Mills, Kyle Sinckler, Tom Heathecote, Sam Hill. Conversions: Henry Slade (4), Heathcote (4). Penalty: Slade.

Italy – Try: Leonardo Sarto.

England — 15 Charlie Walker, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Sam Hill, 12 Tom Heathcote, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Henry Slade, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Walker (c), 6 Dave Sisi, 5 Dom Barrow, 4 Sam Twomey, 3 Ross Harrison, 2 Nathan Morris, 1 Luke Cowan-Dickie.
Subs: 16 Max Crumpton, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 George Merrick, 20 Jack Clifford, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Ryan Mills, 23 Ben Ransom.

Italy — 15 Filippo Guarducci, 14 Alex Morsellino, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Andrea Bettin, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Edoardo Padovani, 9 Guido Calabrese, 8 Vittoria Marazzi, 7 Federico Conforti, 6 Ruben Riccioli, 5 Alfio Luca Mammana, 4 Matteo Ferro, 3 Leonardo Bortoletti, 2 Giovanni Maistri (c), 1 Sami Panico.
Subs: 16 Giovanni Scalvi, 17 Luca Scarsini, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Marco Bellucci, 20 Jacopo Salvetti, 21 Marcello Violi, 22 John Apperley, 23 Giulio Bisegni.

NEW ZEALAND 63 (36) SAMOA 0 (0), STELLENBOSCH

Four-time champions New Zealand kicked off their title-defending campaign in fine fashion. They scored 10 tries in a strong attacking display, while they also restricted their Oceania neighbours Samoa to a scoreless tally.

Wing Milford Keresoma was the star of the show as grabbed a hat-trick, while speedster Ambrose Curtis and fullback Martin McKenzie also completed a brace each.

New Zealand committed several errors as they delivered an expansive game plan, but when they got things right, they looked very good with ball in hand.

New Zealand — Tries: Ambrose Curtis (2), Milford Keresoma (3), Rhys Marshall, Martin McKenzie (2), Nick Ross, Nathan Harris. Conversions: Ihaia West (4), Scott Eade. Penalty: West.

Samoa — none.

New Zealand — 15 Martin McKenzie, 14 Ambrose Curtis, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Milford Keresoma, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall (c), 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Jake Heenan, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Joe Latta, 4 Nick Ross, 3 Fraser Armstrong, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Tuki Raimona
Subs: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Glenn Preston, 20 Hugh Blake, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Scott Eade, 23 Marnus Hanley.

Samoa — 15 Fomai Ah Ki, 14 Fale Iosefa, 13 Toetu David, 12 Lomitusi Ulu, 11 Jason Tagiilina, 10 Potoae Sasagi, 9 Faatafa Maiava, 8 Elekana Laupola, 7 Elia Togitele, 6 Risati Faamatuainu, 5 Tumama Tu’ulua, 4 Tofatuimoana Solia, 3 Andrew Broomhall, 2 Ropeti Lafo (c), 1 Aniseto Sio.
Subs: 16 Raymond Salu, 17 Petelo Masei, 18 Alex Iosefa, 19 Airi Hunt, 20 Oneone Fa’afou, 21 Vavao Afemai, 22 Utu Poliko, 23 Peter Schuster.

FRANCE 15 ARGENTINA 18, BELLVILLE

Argentina produced the second big comeback win of the day.

After trailing 15-5 at the break, the Pumitas scored two tries via inside centre Juan Cappiello and Leandro Ramella, while flyhalf Sebastian Poet added two penalties and a conversion. This was enough for the three-point win.

France scored all their points through the boot of scrumhalf Eric Escande.

Argentina — Tries: Juan Cappiello, Leandro Ramella. Conversion: Sebastian Poet. Penalties: Poet (2).

France — Penalties: Eric Escande (5).

France — 15 Theo Platon, 14 Yohann Artru, 13 Jimmy Yobo, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Bastien Fuster, 10 Enzo Selponi, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Karl Chateau (c), 7 Kelian Galletier, 6 Alexandre Derrien, 5 Paul Jedrasiak, 4 Bastien Chalureau, 3 Pascal Cotet, 2 Raphael Carbou, 1 Sebastien Taofifenua.
Subs: 16 Jean Charles Fidinde, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Jefferson Poirot, 19 Pierre Gayraud, 20 Jonathan Laugel, 21 Etienne Quiniou, 22 Clement Otazo, 23 Vincent Martin.

Argentina — 15 Satiago Cordero, 14 Felipe Nougues, 13 Juan Ignacio Brex, 12 Juan Cappiello, 11 Ramiro Finco, 10 Sebastian Poet (c), 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Pable Matera, 6 Gaspar Oberti, 5 Juan Cruz Guillemain, 4 Leandro Ramella, 3 Matias Diaz, 2 Santiago Iglesias, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Subs: 16 Matias Sambran, 17 German Lefort, 18 Mariano Sanchez, 19 Rodrigo Parada Heit, 20 Rodolfo Ambrosio, 21 Joaquin Paz, 22 Gonzalo Ruiz, 23 Lautaro Casado.

SOUTH AFRICA 19 (3) IRELAND 23 (13), STELLENBOSCH

Ireland delivered a devastating blow to the Baby Boks’ Junior World Championship title hopes with a big win at Danie Craven Stadium. And Dawie Theron’s men deserved to lose.

There was a lack of initiative and skill in the hosts’ performance, they were dominated at the set-pieces for most parts of the game, and they were errant on attack and the breakdown.

Conversely, Ireland had the upper hand at the collisions, which gained them the overall ascendancy. Flyhalf JJ Hanrahan was pivotal with the boot, and kicked 13 points to help clinch the win.

Ireland grabbed both their tries through Baby Bok errors – flank Jordan Coghlan crashed over after flyhalf Tony Jantjies’ clearance was charged down, and fellow loose forward Conor Gilsenan powered through after a similar mistake following a restart.

A Paul Willemse try and Jantjies’ boot gave their team some hope in the second stanza, but they failed to convert late try-scoring chances to avoid defeat.

South Africa — Try: Paul Willemse. Conversion: Tony Jantjies. Penalty: Jantjies (4).

Ireland — Try: Jordan Coghlan, Conor Gilsenan. Conversion: JJ Hanrahan (2). Penalty: Hanrahan. Drop Goal: Hanrahan.

South Africa — 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Paul Jordaan, 13 Pat Howard, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Abrie Griesel, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Wiaan Liebenberg (c), 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Pieter Steph du Toit, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Allan Dell, 2 Mark Pretorius, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Jason Thomas, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Braam Steyn, 20 Vian van der Watt, 21 Handrè Pollard, 22 Tshotsho Mbovane, 23 Maks van Dyk.

Ireland — 15 Peter Nelson, 14 Barry Daly, 13 Foster Horan, 12 Chris Farrell, 11 Sam Coghlan-Murray, 10 JJ Hanrahan, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Conor Gilsenan, 6 Jordan Coghlan, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Nial Scannell (c), 1 Des Merry.
Subs: 16 James Rael, 17 Peter Reilly, 18 Jake Cawley, 19 Alan O’Connor, 20 Aaron Conneely, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Jack Carty, 23 Mikey Sherlock.