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England U20 3-38 NZ U20

New Zealand (13) 38
Tries: Poki, Willison, Taylor Cons: Renata, Kirkpatrick 2 Pens: Renata 3, Kirkpatrick

England (3) 3
Pens: Goode

By James Standley

Jackson Willison crosses for New Zealand's second try on Sunday
Willison's second-half try saw New Zealand take a decisive lead

Favourites New Zealand won the inaugural Under-20 World Cup with a comfortable win against England.

The Baby Blacks, a year on from claiming the Under-19 crown, led 13-3 at half-time in Swansea.

Kade Poki scored a converted try and NZ added two penalties, with Alex Goode kicking a penalty for England.

After the break Trent Renata slotted two more penalties and Jackson Willison, Andre Taylor and Ryan Crotty added further tries for New Zealand.

Teams from the Land of the Long White Cloud are always a major power in age group rugby and the 2008 edition of the Baby Blacks was a typically classy outfit.

England could just about match them for pace and power but they lacked the fluidity and ball-handling skills of New Zealand, who produced some sublime offloading in contact.

Time and again England's powerful backs would haul down their man but the ball was invariably offloaded to a support runner as New Zealand's youngsters showed the immediate future of All Black rugby is in safe hands.


New Zealand full-back Renata slotted an early penalty to put the southern hemisphere side into the lead after England scrum-half Joe Simpson blotted his copybook by dithering over a clearance kick.

England then spurned two chances to level matters as fly-half Goode's rangefinder broke down.

Both penalties were near the 22 to the right of the posts but the first was pushed to the right and he then overcompensated on the second, hooking to the left, as England missed a glorious chance to make a spell of dominance count on the scoreboard.

Once New Zealand established themselves in England territory the first try of the game was not long in coming, Poki slicing over from short range from the base of a ruck.

Goode finally found his range to get England ticking over after he was taken out while chasing his own kick ahead.

But two more penalties, from Renata and Daniel Kirkpatrick, meant the favourites led 13-3 at half-time.

England Under-20s face the pre-match Haka from the New Zealand Under-20s in Swansea
England tried to front up but were outgunned by the Baby Blacks

England were clearly determined not to be outgunned physically but in their attempts to play on the edge they twice overstepped soon after the re-start and Renata took the New Zealand lead out to 19-3.

As the half wore on the Baby Blacks' superior class began to tell and they added their second try when more superb handling sent Willison over in the corner.

The southern hemisphere side were reduced to 14 men when replacement scrum-half Aaron Smith was sin-binned for cynically killing the ball after a Jordan Turner-Hall break.

But England were soon down to 14 men themselves, and this time for good, as Leeds flanker Calum Clark, who had already been warned over a swinging arm at a ruck, was red carded for leading with his head as he attacked a maul.

England kept on bludgeoning away at New Zealand but they lacked the cutting edge of the Baby Blacks, who gave the scoreboard a flattering look with two late tries.

First Taylor ripped the ball out of Noah Cato's arms before touching down, man of the match Kirkpatrick converting.

And he was on target once again with the last kick of the match after Crotty raced away to ensure the Baby Blacks emulated their senior counterparts by completing a demolition job on England.

England: Noah Cato (Saracens); Mark Odejobi (London Wasps), Luke Eves (Bristol Rugby), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Miles Benjamin (Worcester Warriors), Alex Goode (Saracens), Joe Simpson (London Wasps); Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Joe Gray (Northampton Saints), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Ben Thomas (Saracens), Gregor Gillanders (Leicester Tigers), Jon Fisher (London Irish), Calum Clark (Leeds Carnegie), Hugo Ellis (London Wasps, captain). Replacements: Scott Freer (Leeds Carnegie), Billy Moss (Bath Rugby), Scott Hobson (Cornish Pirates), Matthew Cox (Worcester Warriors), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Rob Miller (Newcastle Falcons), Seb Stegmann (Harlequins).

see also
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