Wednesday, June 23, 2010
New Zealands Baby Blacks won their third successive IRB Junior World Championship title on Monday when they comfortably beat Australia 62-17 at the Estadio El Coloso del Parque in Rosario.
The Under 20 tournament first started in 2008 when it was decided that the U-19 and U-21 tournaments would be combined into one. New Zealand won the inaugural event, and followed on winning the next two, now taking their record to 15 matches unbeaten.
Resounding favourites, the junior Kiwi side scored seven tries with their first coming after just 33 seconds. At 25-3 up at half time, there was no stopping the powerful young unit who actually fielded a completely different side to that which won in 2009.
New Zealand captain Tyler Bleyendaal finished with 28 points on the night, while devastating wing Julian Savea has since been named player of the tournament and IRB Junior Player of the Year 2010.
Aaron Cruden, now an All Black, won the award in 2009, with Luke Braid taking it in 2008. Savea scored eight tries in total, equalling the record that Zac Guildford set last year in Japan.
"I feel pretty stoked," said Savea. "Once again just credit to the boys as without them I wouldn't be here. I enjoyed the game tonight, it was great, we got up and played and I think the boys just capitalised on our opportunities more."
Junior World Champs Semifinals - Aus vs Eng & NZ vs SA