Tuesday, June 21, 2011

England juniors great try savers and France's kicking tactics

England juniors great try savers and France's kicking tactics

If you missed it, highlights of some of the Junior World Championship games were posted here a couple of days ago, with England and France coming out on top in their games. This video highlights some of their best moments, including some amazing try savers.

The two old rivals will meet again in the semi finals tomorrow, with England no strangers to the semi finals, while it's the first time the French have reached the knockout stage.

The young England team seem to have what it takes to progress to the final, where they will meet the winner of the Australia vs New Zealand semi. While they showed against South Africa that they've got the heart to keep out even the most determined of challenges, France will pose a different threat entirely.

"France have been very good, they bring what all French players bring to a game, a bit of flair, the physicality, they can create something out of nothing," said England flyhalf George Ford.

"All I know is we will have to play and be on it for the full 80 minutes and also focus on our game as well. I am not really thinking about it (the final) right now, just about playing France and making sure we perform as well as we can."

The following video shows some of England's great try saving tackles against South Africa, namely from second row Joe Launchbury, as the Baby Boks threw everything at them late in the game. The tackles weren't in the other highlights vid, so that's why this is being posted. The clip also shows France's successful kicking tactics against Australia, which resulted in great tries.

Junior World Championship Semi Final details:
Wed 22 June - 18:00 - England vs France - Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso
Wed 22 June - 20:10 - New Zealand vs Aus - Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso

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