JWC 2009 Matchday Three: Statistics

(IRB.COM) Monday 15 June 2009
 JWC 2009 Matchday Three: Statistics
Rodney Davies is the joint leading try-scorer with Justin Tipuric of Wales - Photo: Hiroyuki Nagaoka (RJP)

We bring you some interesting statistics from the third and final round of pool matches at the IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship 2009 in Japan.

* For the third round in succession, a new Junior World Championship record crowd of 15,242 saw Japan narrowly lose 12-7 to Scotland at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo.

* Richard Kingi of Australia was the top scorer on the day, with 16 points in their 38-5 victory over Wales in Pool D. He jumps ahead of South Africa's Sias Ebersohn (40) in the 2009 point scorer standings with 42 points.

* Sias Ebersohn became the first person to kick two drop goals in JWC history after he scored one against France during the thrilling Pool C match in Osaka to add to is one against Fiji on the opening day.

* Australia’s Rodney Davies scored two tries against Wales at the Best Amenity Stadium in Saga to bring him level with Welshman Justin Tipuric as the leading try scorers at this year’s Championship with five.

* Nafi Tuitavake became the third New Zealander to score a hat-trick of tries in a Junior World Championship match, following in the footsteps of Zac Guildford - who scored his hat-trick on day one against Uruguay - and Andre Taylor in 2008. Four Australians have achieved the same feat.

* South Africa's Francois Brummer is out on his own again as the all-time leading point scorer in Junior World Championship history after scoring 15 points in the Baby Boks' comeback 43-27 win over France at the Hanazono Stadium in Osaka. He now has 82 points with teammate Sias Ebersohn on 70.

* Tom Homer, who scored 14 points in England's win 52-7 over Samoa, jumped to the top of the conversions chart in 2009 with 11, overtaking Matthew Jarvis of Wales who remains on nine for the tournament.

* Brummer extended his position on top of the all-time conversions standings by adding two against France to his previous tally of 18.

* England topped the 50-point mark in a Junior World Championship match for the second time by against Samoa. The first time was a 60-18 victory over Canada in the pool stages in 2008.

* Australia scored the most points in the pool stages with 164 and Uruguay the fewest with 15 - all of them against Argentina. Of the other semi finalists, South Africa scored 144 in Pool C, New Zealand 140 in Pool A and England 125 in Pool B.

* South Africa became the first country to score 400 points in JWC history, with Brummer's last conversion against France taking them past the mark. They now sit on 401 points, with Australia the next best on 385.

* Will Philippson scored Canada’s 100th point in JWC history with his try in their 36-20 defeat by Tonga at the Best Amenity Stadium in Saga.

* New Zealand are the only team left in the competition yet to concede a try and have conceded only nine points in the three matches played - all of them against Argentina. Australia condeded their first try in beating Wales to top Pool D.

* Australia, Japan and Scotland are the only teams who have not received a yellow card in the pool stages.

* Italy have kicked more penalties than any other nation in Junior World Championship history with 22, six more than Ireland.

* Zac Guildford scored New Zealand’s 50th try in JWC history by touching down in the defending champions' 48-9 victory over Argentina at the Mizuho Rugby Ground in Nagoya.

* At the conclusion of the pool stages, matches are averaging 50 points with 22 in the first half and 28 in the second.

* The matches are also averaging seven tries with three in the first half and four in the second.

* Fifteen players have played in all eight of their country's matches at the Junior World Championship. (2008 & 2009).

* Wales, South Africa, New Zealand, France, Fiji, England and Canada are the only teams who have used their full compliment of replacements (21) in the pool stages.

* England, South Africa and Australia are the only teams who have secured bonus point wins in their pool matches this year. New Zealand managed two - against Uruguay and Argentina.

** Watch the semi finals live and on-demand for free on Wednesday 17 June. First up at the Prince Chicuhibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo will be defending champions New Zealand against Australia at 17:00 local time, followed by a repeat of the 2008 last four showdown between England and South Africa at 19:00 **

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** You can also watch on-demand the Pool B matches (England v Japan and Samoa v Scotland) on 5 June, the Pool A matches (Uruguay v Argentina and Ireland v New Zealand) on 9 June, the Pool C matches (Fiji v Italy and France v South Africa) on 13 June, along with highlights of the matchdays. **

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