JWC 2010: Matchday four statistics

(IRB.COM) Friday 18 June 2010
 JWC 2010: Matchday four statistics
Kimami Sitauti's try took Australia through the 600-point mark in JWC history

We bring you some interesting statistics from the fourth round of matches at the IRB Junior World Championship 2010 in Argentina.

* Australia will play in their first Junior World Championship final after beating England 28-16, while New Zealand will contest their third having preserved their unbeaten record with a 36-7 defeat of South Africa.

* Samoa and Tonga will meet in the 11th place play-off in Parana on Monday in the knowledge that whoever loses will drop down to the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in 2011 to be replaced by that competition's 2010 winners Italy.

* The 87 points scored in the two semi finals on Thursday was the second best in JWC history, behind the 109 scored in Japan in 2009.

* England's title hopes may be over after their loss to Australia but their full back Tom Homer remains the leading point scorer in Junior World Championship history on 118 after kicking two penalties in the semi final.

* The six matches on Thursday yielded 261 points, bringing the total for the 2010 tournament to 1,225.

* Australia remain the leading try scorers in Argentina, having crossed for 28 tries in their four matches in Argentina. Defending champions New Zealand (26) and South Africa (21) are the next best with England (11), France (10) and Ireland (10) having reached double figures on day four.

* Tonga and Fiji have scored the fewest tries in the tournament with just three, one fewer than their fellow islanders Samoa.

* A total of 652 tries have now been scored in Junior World Championship history, 417 of them being successfully converted. Of these 652 tries - 263 of them have been touched down by New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

* Baby Blacks wing Julian Savea is the leading try scorer in the 2010 tournament with eight after crossing for a brace against South Africa. Savea has now equalled the record for a single JWC set by New Zealand's Zac Guildford in 2009.

* Savea is now within two tries of Guildford as the record try scorer in JWC history, having scored double that of Jonny May of England and Australia's Aidan Toua. Eight players have scored three tries in the tournament - three Australians, two Baby Blacks, two South Africans and a Frenchman.

* Their semi final win over England was the first time Australia have not had a player score a hat-trick in the 2010 tournament, Dominic Shipperley, Aidan Toua and Nicholas White having crossed against South Africa, Scotland and Tonga respectively.

* Patrick Lambie, who plays Super 14 rugby for the Sharks, is the leading point scorer in the 2010 tournament with 63 points after the pool stages, nine more than New Zealand captain Tyler Bleyendaal with England's Tom Homer (50) and Australia fly half Matt Toomua (47) the next best.

* The try-scoring statistics show a clear trend with the big three southern hemisphere nations - New Zealand, South Africa and Australia - scoring 75 of the 138 tries so far in the tournament, more than all the other nine teams put together.

* A total of 95 conversions have been kicked across the 24 matches so far in Argentina with South African full back Patrick Lambie leading the way with 15 successful kicks.

* France and Ireland scored the most tries on matchday four with five against Fiji and Samoa respectively, one more than New Zealand with Australia and Scotland crossing the whitewash three times. Fiji and Samoa were the only teams not to cross the try-line.

* Wales fly half Matthew Jarvis needs six points to become the third player to score a century of points in Junior World Championship history after Francois Brummer and Tom Homer.

* The average number of tries per match is 5.75.

* Branco du Preez's try for South Africa was only the fourth conceded by New Zealand in the 2010 tournament and the 10th overall in 14 JWC matches. Australia, the other finalists, have conceded nine tries in Argentina and 27 across the three tournaments.

* Patrick Lambie has scored the most points in a single game in Argentina with 25 against Tonga, slightly better than the 23 managed by Australian scrum half Nicholas White and England full back Tom Homer against Tonga and Argentina respectively. This is still seven shy of the JWC record set by Frenchman Pierre Bernard against Wales in 2009.

* New Zealand are now the leading point scorers with 200, having edged ahead of Australia (195) after beating South Africa 36-7 in their semi final. South Africa (148), England (117), France (109) and Ireland (101) are the only other teams into three figures. Tonga have scored the fewest with 30 in four matches.

* The pool stages yielded an average of 6.17 tries per match.

* New Zealand remain the top try scorers in JWC history with 92 in their run of 14 unbeaten matches, although now by only four from Australia with South Africa the third best with 83. The next best is England with 55.

* Ninety different players have scored tries in the IRB Junior World Championship 2010.

* Australia became the third side to break through the 600-point barrier in JWC history with Kimami Sitauti's late try against England. New Zealand and South Africa had surpassed 600 points in round three.

* Of the 12 sides playing in the Junior World Championship 2010, Samoa have scored the fewest points in the tournament's three-year history with 200 - as many have finalists New Zealand have scored in this year's tournament alone.

* A total of 349 penalties have been kicked in JWC history, 36 of them by England.

* Four drop goals have been kicked in Argentina, two of them by Los Pumitas fly half Ignacio Rodriguez Muedra and one by England's Rory Clegg and Josh Matavesi of Fiji.

* Rodriguez Muedra and South African Sias Ebersohn are the only players to kick two drop goals in JWC history, although only 14 have been kicked since the Under 20 tournament began in 2008.

* New Zealand have the highest average points per match (50) in the 2010 tournament, slightly better than Australia on 48.75. Australia, though, have the edge with tries, averaging seven per match to New Zealand's 6.5.

* One hundred and 11 penalties have been kicked in JWC 2010 with Tom Homer leading the way with 12 for England, one more than Ireland's James McKinney and Welsh fly half Matthew Jarvis.

* Twenty yellow cards have been handed out in the tournament so far, five of them to Fijian players with Kolinio Nalasekata given two of these.

* A total of 5,183 points have now been scored in the 104 Junior World Championship matches to date.

* The average number of points scored per match in the 2010 tournament is 51.04, which splits into 26.88 in the first half and 24.17 in the second.