Matchday One: Statistics

(IRB.COM) Sunday 7 June 2009
 Matchday One: Statistics
Winston Wilson scored one of two drop goals on day one in dramatic fashion - Photo: Hiroyuki Nagaoka (RJP)

We bring you some interesting statistics from the opening matchday at the IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship 2009 in Japan.

* Australia scrum half Richard Kingi broke the record for the most points in a JWC match with 26 in his side's 86-0 Pool D defeat of Canada. The record was held by Sias Ebersohn, who scored 25 points for South Africa against the USA in 2008. Ebersohn went close to that record in the first round of matches this year, scoring 21 points in the Baby Boks' 36-10 defeat of Fiji.

* A total of 418 points were scored on the first day at IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship 2009 - Australia scoring the most with 86 - to take the overall points scored in JWC history past the 2,000 mark to 2,393.

* Sias Ebersohn’s haul against Fiji means the fly half is the only player to have scored 20 points or more in a match on more than one occasion.

* Samoa, Scotland, Fiji and Italy all surpassed 100 points in JWC history after their matches on Friday.

* Kingi and Kurtley Beale join their Australian teammate Dane Haylett-Petty at the top of the records for scoring four tries in a single Junior World Championship match.

* Three teams didn't score any point on the opening day. Newcomers Uruguay losing their daunting Junior World Championship debut 75-0 to defending champions New Zealand in Nagoya. Hosts Japan went down 43-0 to England, and Canada lost to Australia 86-0.

* New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, England, France and Wales all picked up a bonus point for scoring four or more tries in their opening victories – just as they had all done on the opening day of the inaugural Championship in 2008.

* There were two drop goals on the first day, one from Sias Ebershon for South Africa against Fiji and the other from Winston Wilson of Samoa. Wilson’s drop goal secured a dramatic last minute 17-14 victory for Samoa over Scotland in Tokyo.

* Josh Navidi officially became the youngest to play – he fits into the age eligibility criteria by a day – when he played in Wales' 51-5 defeat of Tonga in Saga. The youngest player prior to this was Tsuyhoshi Iguchi of Japan, who was 18 years 167 days when he played against France in 2008.

* The New Zealand team that started their Pool A match against Uruguay at the Mizuho Rugby Ground was the oldest team ever to start a JWC match with an average age of 20 years and 32 days.

* South Africa’s twin brothers Robert and Sias Ebersohn scored on the opening matchday for the second year in a row.

* There have been six rounds of JWC matches (five in 2008, one in 2009) so far and there are 18 players that have played in all six of their country's matches.

* Sias Ebersohn became only the second player to secure a full house of a try, conversion, penalty and drop goal in his 21-point haul against Fiji. The only other player to have achieved the feat in the IRB Junior World Championship was Benjamin Madero of Argentina against Tonga in 2008.

* A total of 57 tries were scored across the eight matches on day one with Australia scoring 14 and newcomers Uruguay, Japan, Canada and Argentina the only teams not to cross the try-line. Last year there were 72 tries scored in the opening round.

* Thirty-five of the 57 tries scored were converted with Tom Homer of England and Matt To’omua of Australia leading the way with five apiece.

* Nineteen penalties were kicked across the opening day matches with eight of the 16 teams adding three-pointers.

* A total of 103 replacements were made by the 16 teams with Argentina, Ireland, Tonga, Australia, Samoa and Scotland not using the full seven available.

* The first round of matches averaged 52 points in each match (22 in the first half and 30 in the second) and seven tries.

** Watch the Pool A matches in Nagoya live and on-demand for free on Tuesday 9 June. First up will be the all-South American affair between Argentina and Uruguay at 17:00 local time, followed by Ireland against defending champions New Zealand at 19:00. **

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