Sat 6 Jun 2015 | 09:49

Los Pumitas scare New Zealand

Los Pumitas scare New Zealand
Sat 6 Jun 2015 | 09:49
Los Pumitas scare New Zealand
Another day of drama came to a close in Italy and Argentina almost pulled off an upset against New Zealand in Round Two of the Under-20 World Cup.
A penalty three minutes from time by Otere Black finally wrapped up victory for New Zealand – 32-29 over Argentina at the Stadio San Michele – after one of the most entertaining matches in U20 World Cup history.
Two tries from flank Benito Paolucci hauled Los Pumitas back level with New Zealand and an upset seemed on the cards, but straight from the kick-off after his second, Argentina gave away a penalty and Black made no mistake to keep his side top of Pool C and on track for the semifinals.
New Zealand will now face Ireland in the Pool C decider after they edged Scotland 24-20 in an error-strewn encounter in the opening match of Day Two in Calvisano.
Pool A will be a shoot-out between defending champions England and France for top spot and a guaranteed semifinal berth after they overcame Wales and Japan respectively to remain unbeaten in the tournament. Four tries in the last quarter saw France finally see off a brave Japan 47-7 in Parma, while England avenged their Six Nations loss to Wales with a 30-16 win.
South Africa proved too strong for Samoa in the first Pool B match in Parma, a dominant performance by their forwards laying the platform for a five-try 40-8 victory. That sets up the expected decider with Australia after they recovered from a slow start to beat hosts Italy 31-15 to also sit on 10 points after two matches.
The three pool winners will be joined in the semifinals on June 15 by the best runner-up.
France 47-7 Japan
France made a blistering start at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, prop Quentin Bethune being driven over before second row Julien Delannoy coasted through the Japanese defence virtually untouched following a slick lineout move to make it 14-0 after only nine minutes.
Some may have feared France would run riot as England had done in the first-half against Japan on day one, but the Japanese – the only side not to make any changes to their starting XV for day two – had other ideas.Los Pumitas scare New Zealand
Japan were giving away 9kg a man in the forwards, but they made a mockery of that statistic by winning penalty after penalty from scrums five metres from the French line. Try-scorer Bethune saw yellow after one such penalty and referee Ben Whitehouse ultimately awarded Japan a penalty try.
The score remained at 14-7 until the 45th minute when Japan actually managed to turnover ball on their own line but were unable to control it and instead it was scrumhalf Gauthier Doubrere who dived on the loose ball to increase Les Bleuets’ advantage.
Wing Seiya Ozaki was a threat down the right wing for Japan as both sides continued to create chances, but the score remained unchanged from 19-7 when the sides paused for a second water break at the hour mark.
The introduction of replacement hooker Camille Chat gave France fresh impetus and his barrelling run led to a try for flank Judicael Cancoriet. Two minutes later Chat was involved more than once in a move he finished and it was three tries in six minutes when centre Pierre Fouyssac dotted down.
Fouyssac, who joined the squad this week as an injury replacement, added a second on full-time to give France nine points from their two matches and set up the expected Pool A decider with defending champions England on Wednesday.
"We had a very good second-half because the first-half was very hard for us, it was tough team in front of us, they played a very good match and it was good for us to score a lot of tries in the second half like that," admitted assistant coach Olivier Magne. 
"We are still in the race but it will be a quarterfinal next match against England. We have a lot of injuries so will be difficult for us to have our best team against England, so we will see."
The scorers:
For France:
Tries: Bethune, Delannoy, Doubrere, Cancoriet, Chat, Fouyssac 2
Cons: Belleau 2, Meret 3
Yellow Cards: Walcker, Bachelier
For Japan:
Try: Penalty Try
Con: Noguchi
France: 15 Alexandre Pilati, 14 Arthur Bonneval, 13 Pierre Fouyssac, 12 Eliott Roudil (captain), 11 Martin Laveau, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Gauthier Doubrere, 8 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Mathieu Ugena, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Julien Delannoy, 4 Mathieu Tanguy, 3 Quentin Bethune, 2 Quentin Lespiaucq, 1 Quentin Walcker
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Clement Castets, 18 Michael Simutoga, 19 Fabien Sanconnie, 20 Lucas Bachelier, 21 Anthony Meric, 22 Lucas Meret, 23 Lucas Blanc
Japan: 15 Ryuji Noguchi, 14 Seiya Ozaki, 13 Keisei Kasahara, 12 Yusuke Kajimura, 11 Hirofumi Higashikawa, 10 Taisetsu Kanai, 9 Ryuji Yonemura, 8 Tevita Tatafu, 7 Kosuke Urabe, 6 Faulua Mikisi, 5 Mitsuru Furukawa, 4 Hiroto Kato, 3 Tatsuya Kakimoto, 2 Kosuke Horikoshi (captain), 1 Shogo Miura
Replacements: 16 Ryosuke Iwaihara, 17 Ryoma Kuhara, 18 Yuma Fujino, 19 Tomoki Saita, 20 Rinpei Sasaki, 21 Daiki Nakajima, 22 Ataata Moeakiola, 23 Yuta Yamada
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Gianluigi Rossi (Italy)
Ireland 24-20 Scotland
Scotland had narrowly won the meeting between these two in the Six Nations earlier this year, but Ireland had never lost to their Celtic rivals in the U20 World Cup and in an error-strewn first half at the Stadio San Michele in Calvisano they created the best opportunities.
Garry Ringrose sliced through and drew the defence to him before sending fullback Billy Dardis over for Ireland’s first try of the Los Pumitas scare New ZealandChampionship in the 12th minute. Flank Conor Oliver then stepped the Scotland defence and, quick to realise he hadn’t been held in the tackle, got to his feet to dive over unchallenged for Ireland’s second and they went in leading 15-3 at half-time with a George Horne penalty their opponent’s only response.
Carbery extended the lead within three minutes of the restart with his seventh penalty of the tournament, but they were unable to increase that lead before the water break at the hour mark.
That pause in play seemed to spark Scotland and Lewis Carmichael touched down after a strong driving maul, only for Scotland to hand Carbery a penalty kick to make it 18-13. A penalty apiece from Carbery and Tomas Quinlan made certain of an Ireland win, but Scotland had the final say with replacement Ruaridh Knott’s try to salvage a losing bonus point.
"The conditions played a huge part, it was really hot here, over 30 degrees, so it was always going to be tough," explained Ringrose. 
"Both packs were blowing hard and the simple things were going to win it and if one or two things had gone differently I am sure Scotland could have come out on the right end of the win."
The scorers:
For Ireland:
Tries: Dardis, Oliver
Con: Carbery
Pens: Carbery 3, Quinlan
For Scotland:
Tries: Carmichael, Knott
Cons: Kinghorn 2
Pens: Horne 2
Ireland: 15 Billy Dardis, 14 Ciaran Gaffney, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Sam Arnold, 11 Stephen Fitzgerald, 10 Joey Carbery, 9 Nick McCarthy (captain), 8 Lorcan Dow, 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Alex Thompson, 4 David O’Connor, 3 Oisin Heffernan, 2 Sean McNulty, 1 Andrew Porter.
Replacements: 16 Zack McCall, 17 Liam O'Connor, 18 Conan O’Donnell, 19 Jack Dwan, 20 Nick Timoney, 21 Charlie Rock, 22 Tomas Quinlan, 23 Jacob Stockdale.
Scotland: 15 Ruairi Howarth, 14 Robbie Nairn, 13 Tom Galbraith, 12 Patrick Kelly, 11 Alex Coombes, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 George Horne, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Jamie Ritchie (captain), 6 Neil Irvine-Hess, 5 Lewis Carmichael, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Sam James, 1 Murray McCallum
Replacements: 16 Ross Graham, 17 Dan Elkington, 18 Jack Owlett, 19 Andrew Davidson, 20 Ruaridh Knott, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Rory Hutchinson, 23 Richard Galloway 
Referee: Will Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Stefano Pennè (Italy), Filippo Bertelli (Italy)
South Africa 40-8 Samoa
South Africa had found life hard-going against hosts Italy on day one, but the dominance of their forward pack meant they had a much easier outing against Samoa, who surprisingly struggled in the scrum when the match got underway after a minute's silence in memory of Samoan-born former All Black Jerry Collins, who was killed in a car crash in France on Friday.
The Junior Springboks’ forwards scored two first-half tries to go in 21-3 ahead, prop Thomas du Toit crashing over in the 10th minute but it was a few minutes before half-time when their second came through second-row Jason Jenkins after Samoa elected not to contest the lineout.
Los Pumitas scare New ZealandFlyhalf Brandon Thomson had kept the scoreboard ticking over in-between with three penalties and a conversion with Samoa’s only reply a penalty from wing Malu Falaniko, but it could have been worse for the Pacific islanders were it not for some committed defence.
South Africa started the second-half in dominant mood and were rewarded with two tries in less than 10 minutes through captain Hanro Liebenberg and wing Leolin Zas to wrap up the bonus point and move the lead out to 33-3.
With 15 minutes left to play, Samoa replacement Pisi Leilua scored with a spectacular dive in the corner but it was left to South Africa’s forwards to have the final say with a penalty try awarded in the dying minutes after some more dominant scrummaging.
"This was a much better show than against Italy in our opening match," admitted Liebenberg. 
"Our set-pieces worked very well today, although I think we can still improve in our lineout play. We will now go and study the play of Australia and do some homework on them to prepare for the final pool match."
Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron added: "We know that we have a strong pack of forwards this year and they showed what they can do tonight. We are working very hard on our line-outs and our driving mauls and got the reward. However, I do think we must hold onto the ball much longer and keep it under control so that we can get more points on the board.
"I think this team is a real quality team this year but we are not playing to our full potential and I would say we are playing at about 70 percent of where I want us to be. Our decision-making also need to improve.
"Our focus now turn to Australia who we face in our last pool match on Wednesday. We know they are a well-organised team and that match will be tough. We will prepare with two field sessions and do our homework thoroughly," said Theron.
The scorers:
For South Africa:
Tries: Du Toit, Jenkins, Liebenberg, Zas, Penalty Try
Cons: Thomson 2, Beer
Pens: Thomson 3
For Samoa:
Tries: Leilua
Pens: Falaniko
South Africa: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Grant Hermanus, 13 JT Jackson, 12 Daniel du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (captain), 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Dan du Preez, 5 RG Snyman 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jan van der Merwe, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 22 Tinus de Beer, 23 EW Viljoen.
Samoa: 15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Johnny Samuelu, 13 Jonathan Faauli, 12 Josh Ioane, 11 Malu Falaniko, 10 Orbyn Leger, 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Josh Dowsing (captain), 7 Uini Fetalaiga, 6 Jordan Jackett, 5 Ben Tuiomanufili, 4 Giovanni Kuefner, 3 Marco Fepulea'i, 2 Ieremia Mataena, 1 Jarred Adams
Replacements: 16 Kemble Frost, 17 Junior Halafuka, 18 Mike Tamoaieta, 19 Ezra Meleisea, 20 Darren Tiumalu, 21 Melani Matavao, 22 Pepesana Patafilo, 23 Pisi Leilua
Referee: Elia Rizzo (Italy)
Assistant referees: Lloyd Linton (Scotland), Stefano Roscini (Italy)
New Zealand 32-29 Argentina
Argentina had made the better start in Calvisano following an emotional minute's silence and were well worth their 9-3 advantage thanks to three penalties from Emiliano Boffelli, playing alongside captain Bautista Ezcurra in the centres today, with New Zealand’s only reply from Mitchell Hunt.
But as the half-hour approached, New Zealand showed how dangerous they are from broken play, the backline keeping the ball alive with Sean Wainui looking certain to score, only to be hauled down metres short.
Los Pumitas scare New ZealandHe popped the ball up in the air, knowing support would arrive and it did in the shape of Luteru Lualala to give New Zealand the lead for the first time in the match, 10-9. Matías Ferro kicked a drop-goal for Los Pumitas but New Zealand would go in ahead at half-time after a break from TJ Faiane sent Wainui through for an easy run-in.
Both sides saw players sin-binned in hooker Ignacio Calles and Lualala as the score remained unchanged at 15-12 until the hour mark, when replacement Domingo Miotti’s penalty tied things up with the last action before the water break.
Whatever coach Scott Robertson said to his charges during that brief interlude had an instant impact as replacement Tevita Li broke down the left wing, slipping it inside with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi finishing off the move. Soon after Argentina turned the ball over in New Zealand’s 22 and the result was a try the other end, Faiane breaking the line before releasing Akira Ioane, the replacement charging 60 metres to score.
New Zealand may have thought that was the killer blow with a 14-point lead, but they were mistaken as Argentina came roaring back with flank Benito Paolucci touching down twice after line-outs close to their opponent's line, the men in black having no answer to the driving maul so synonymous with Argentine rugby.
Miotti tied the scores with three minutes to go but from the kick-off Argentina gave away a penalty and Otere Black, who only arrived in Italy a couple of days ago after being released by Super Rugby side the Hurricanes, stepped up to kick the winning penalty and ensure New Zealand sit two points clear of Ireland in the standings, Argentina having to settle for a losing bonus point after being denied late on for the second match in a row.
"We knew they were going to come out firing in the first-half, the first 20 minutes, but they were relentless, they never stopped and I take my hat off to them, they were just awesome," New Zealand captain Jack Goodhue said. 
"I think maybe if we had beaten them by a lot of points it might not have been good in the long run, but we will just have to wait and see. We are thankful to get the win."
Argentina coach Nicolas Fernardez Lobbe added: "Last week we lost to a penalty in the last minutes of the match and again today."
"We have to keep our head up, again. We learned a lot from this match, the boys played a great match, we have to adjust our mistakes for the match against Scotland. The boys have to be ready first of all in their head and not only on their legs."
The scorers:
For Argentina:
Tries: Paolucci 2
Cons: Miotti 2
Pens: Boffelli 3, Miotti
Drop Goal: Ferro
Yellow Card: Calles
For New Zealand:
Tries: Laulala, Wainui, Tahuriorangi, Ioane
Cons: Hunt, Black 2
Pens: Hunt, Black
Yellow Cards: Tavae-Aso, Laulala
The teams:
Argentina: 15 Matías Ferro, 14 Eugenio Achilli, 13 Emiliano Boffelli, 12 Bautista Ezcurra (captain), 11 Julián Domínguez 10 Ignacio Albornoz, 9 Patricio Baronio, 8 Santiago Portillo, 7 José Deheza, 6 Benito Paolucci, 5 Ignacio Calas, 4 Ignacio Larrague, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Gaspar Baldunciel, 1 Nicolás Ocello.
Replacements: 16 Santiago Medrano, 17 Javier Díaz, 18 Ignacio Calles, 19 Vittorio Rosti, 20 Lucas Gasparri, 21 Lautaro Bazán Vélez, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Tomás Granella.
New Zealand: 15 Luteru Laulala, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Jack Goodhue(captain), 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Vincent Tavae-Aso, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Harrison Levien, 8 Henry Stowers, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Mitchell Jacobson, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Isileli Tu'ungafasi, 2 Steven Misa, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Tau Koloamatangi, 18 Atunaisa Moli, 19 Joshua Goodhue, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Tevita Li.
Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: Gary Conway (Ireland), Francesco Russo (Italy)
Australia 31-15 Italy
Italy gave the home crowd cause for optimism with the way they started against Australia at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi with Matteo Minozzi kicking a fourth-minute penalty before wing Lorenzo Masato intercepted a pass from Duncan Paia’aua to race down the line to score.
The lead could, though, have been more comfortable than 8-0 after 23 minutes with Minozzi having missed two penalties and a conversion kick and the Azzurrini were made to pay for those missed kicks as Australia scored three tries in six minutes late in the first-half.
Flyhalf Andrew Deegan had got Australia on the board with a penalty but flank Brad Wilkin then powered over before scrumhalf James Tuttle picked up at the breakdown and charged through a gaping hole in the Italian defence to score.Los Pumitas scare New Zealand
Two minutes later prop Cameron Orr got his name on the scoreboard and with Deegan converting all three tries Australia found themselves ahead 24-8 at the break and needing only one more try to secure the bonus point to join South Africa atop Pool B with 10 points.
Given that quick-fire haul of three tries it was perhaps surprising that it took until the 64th minute for Australia to score that fourth try, No.8 Adam Korczyk unstoppable from close range to make it 31-8 to his side.
Italy’s response was instant, though, with the crowd again on their feet after replacement hooker Luhandre Luus came off the back of a driving maul and spun out of the tackle to touch down, Minozzi’s conversion proving to be the last score of the match.
"It's pleasing that we were able to finish the first-half as strongly as we did allowing us to claim the bonus point win," Australia coach Adrian Thompson admitted. 
"The forwards did an excellent job in tough conditions which allowed us to give the backs momentum moving forwards.
"We again had a slow start to the match that could have proved costly and this is part of a few areas we will need to improve on before we face South Africa."
The scorers:
For Australia:
Tries: Wilkin, Tuttle, Orr, Korczyk
Cons: Deegan 4
Pens: Deegan
For Italy:
Tries: Masato, Luus
Cons: Minozzi
Pens: Minozzi
Australia: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Conrad Quick, 13 Sione Tuipolotu, 12 Duncan Paia'Aua, 11 Andrew Kellaway (captain), 10 Andrew Deegan, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Adam Korczyk, 7 Michael Gunn, 6 Brad Wilkin, 5 Lukhan Lealaiauloto-Tui, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Matthew Sandell, 2 Folau Fainga'a, 1 Cameron Orr
Replacements: 16 Fereti Sa'aga, 17 Connal McInerney, 18 Tyrell Lomax, 19 Riley Winter, 20 Sam Croke, 21 Harry Nucifora, 22 James Dalgleish, 23 Tyson Davis
Italy: 15 Luca Sperandio, 14 Yannick Agbasse, 13 Lorenzo Casalini, 12 Enrico Lucchin, 11 Lorenzo Masato, 10 Matteo Minozzi, 9 Ricardo Raffaele, 8 Matteo Cornelli, 7 Renato Giammarioli, 6 Matteo Archetti, 5 Davide Zanetti, 4 Samuele Ortis, 3 Federico Pavesi, 2 Edoardo Ferraro, 1 Paolo Buonfiglio (captain)
Replacements: 16 Luhandre Luus, 17 Dino Dallavalle, 18 Andrea Cincotto, 19 Ugo D'Onofrio, 20 Jake Polledri, 21 Matteo Ferrari, 22 Maicol Azzolini, 23 Giacomo De Santis
Referee: Juan Sylvestre (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Gianluigi Rossi (Italy)
England 30-16 Wales
The only time the two sides had met on the U20 World Cup stage was in the 2013 final and today, just like then, it was England who came out on top after hitting the front with only 90 seconds on the clock through a Rory Jennings penalty.
The defending champions lost Aaron Morris to the sin-bin in the fifth minute after he knocked down a pass when Wales had two-men on the overlap and a try seemed inevitable had the ball got past him, but instead it was England who scored the opening try through centre Max Clark.
Los Pumitas scare New ZealandWing Howard Packman and scrumhalf Stuart Townsend touched down to give England a commanding 22-0 lead with half an hour gone, before Wales finally got on the scoreboard through a Jarrod Evans penalty.
Wales were then given a lifeline on the stroke of halftime when Jack Walker, trying to run from deep in England's 22, was hauled down and the ball popped out for centre Owen Watkins to run over untouched, cutting the deficit to 25-10 at halftime.
That was cut by three points with a second Evans penalty within two minutes of the restart and the flyhalf added another at the hour mark, but England then wrapped up the bonus point through Sam Skinner’s touchdown.
The No.8 was denied a second try with a pass ruled forward, but the try he did score means England return to the top of the Pool A with 10 points, one more than their next opponents France who they beat three months ago to win the Six Nations title.
"We knew there would be a lot of emotion in it because of the Six Nations but we managed to get past that and put in a good performance," said flyhalf Rory Jennings. 
"They came really hard at us but we’ve been working really hard on our defence since the Six Nations and through here and it was outstanding. We knew if we stuck to our processes we’d come through."
The scorers:
For England:
Tries: Clarke, Packman, Townsend, Skinner
Cons: Jennings 2
Pens: Jennings 2
For Wales:
Try: Watkin
Con: Evans
Pen: Evans 3
England: 15 Aaron Morris, 14 George Perkins, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Max Clark, 11 Howard Packman, 10 Rory Jennings, 9 Stuart Townsend, 8 Sam Skinner, 7 Will Owen, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 5 Charlie Ewels (captain), 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Sebastian Adeniran-Olule.
Replacements: 16 Jack Innard, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Ciaran Parker, 19 Will Witty, 20 Josh Bainbridge, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Lloyd Evans, 23 Piers O'Conor.
Wales: 15 Dafydd Howells, 14 Lloyd Lewis, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Harri Keddie, 7 Ollie Griffiths, 6 Tom Phillips, 5 Rory Thornton (captain), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Liam Belcher, 1 Luke Garrett.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Keagan Bale, 18 Joe Jones, 19 Jon Fox, 20 Seb Davies, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Barney Nightingale.
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Gary Conway (Ireland), Filippo Bertelli (Italy)
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