Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Newzeland vs England

In the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship final New Zealand will play England after both sides came through their semi-final clashes in Treviso. With a 33-18 victory over France while the three-time defending champions New Zealand saw off Australia 37-7 - their 19th straight victory in the competition dating back to their first game in the inaugural tournament three years ago while England booked their third final appearance in the last four years.
It will be the third meeting of the two sides in the tournament showpiece with the Baby Blacks having won both of the previous clashes with a 38-3 victory in 2008 and a 44-28 win in 2009 in Sunday's final in Padova.
Alex Gray proved just enough for England to see off a determined French side in the day's opening semi-final.
After just two minutes after a clever chip through from centre Owen Farrell but France soon hit back with loose-head Sebastien Taofifenua burrowing over for a try a few minutes later.
The classy Ford reduced the arrears with a penalty before ghosting over for a try that gave England a narrow 13-10 lead at the end of a bruising opening period.
They were rewarded further for their superior efforts with a try from winger Marvin O'Connor.
They weathered the storm before hitting back through Ransom with Ford adding the extras.
England pack continued to cause the French problems and Ford happily stretched his side's lead with two further penalties.
with the game all but won, Gray pounced for an intercept score that was converted by Ford with the last act of the game.
Fiji upset Wales 34-20 and will play South Africa who crushed Ireland 57-15. And in the 9th place semi-finals, Scotland beat Tonga 30-11 and Argentina edged hosts Italy 12-8 In the 5th place semi-finals.

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