JWC 2010: Final Statistics

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 22 June 2010
 JWC 2010: Final Statistics
Tyler Bleyendaal was not only the victorious captain but the leading point scorer in the tournament - Photo: Martin Seras Lima/IRB

We bring you some interesting statistics from the final day of the IRB Junior World Championship 2010 in Argentina.

* New Zealand remain the only side to be crowned champions after winning a third successive title with an impressive 62-17 defeat of Australia in the final at the Estadio El Coloso del Parque in Rosario.

* The final standings are 1. New Zealand 2. Australia 3. South Africa 4. England 5. France 6. Argentina 7. Wales 8. Fiji 9. Ireland 10. Scotland 11. Tonga 12. Samoa.

* By finishing in bottom spot, Samoa will not play in the IRB Junior World Championship next year but the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy instead with Italy taking their place as winners of the second tier tournament in Moscow last month.

* New Zealand wing Julian Savea was named IRB Junior Player of the Year 2010 after scoring eight tries in the tournament, beating his captain Tyler Bleyendaal, Australia centre Robbie Coleman and Argentina fly half Ignacio Rodriguez Muedra to the accolade.

* Baby Blacks prop Willie Ioane joined Zac Guildford as the only players to have two IRB Junior World Championship winners' medals. Dave Rennie has coached all three squads to the title.

* The honour of being the leading point scorer in the tournament goes to Tyler Bleyendaal with 82 (two tries, 18 conversions and 12 penalties) after the New Zealand captain scored 28 points in the final to leapfrog South Africa full back Patrick Lambie (75). Wales fly half Matthew Jarvis (61), Australian No.10 Matt Toomua (54) and England full back Tom Homer (50) are the only other players to reach or surpass a half century of points.

* A total of 41 tries were scored in the final round of matches, taking the total for the tournament to 179 - this compares to 257 in the two previous Junior World Championships when the 16 teams involved meant 10 more matches were played.

* This means a total of 693 tries have been scored in the IRB Junior World Championship history - 446 of them being converted.

* There was one draw in the 2010 tournament - Wales and Argentina's encounter in round four having to be settled by the first ever kicking competition in JWC history.

* Outside of this, the smallest winning margin was three points with Fiji beating Samoa 15-12, France beating Ireland 25-22 and Argentina also defeating the Irish 24-21 in the pool stages. The biggest winning margin was 73 points in South Africa's 73-0 defeat of Scotland in their second Pool C match, just beating the 70 point margin when New Zealand beat Samoa 77-7 the same day in Pool A.

* New Zealand conceded just six tries in winning the title - one against Samoa, Fiji, Wales and South Africa and two in their final defeat of Australia. The Baby Blacks have now conceded just 12 tries in winning the three titles.

* Tyler Bleyendaal scored the most points in a single game with 28 for New Zealand in the final. This is five shy of the Junior World Championship record set by France fly half Pierre Bernard in their fifth place play-off victory over Wales in 2009.

* Wales kicked the most penalties in the tournament with 20 - all bar three of them from the boot of fly half Matthew Jarvis. Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and South Africa kicked the fewest with only seven in five matches.

* A total of 376 penalties have been kicked in IRB Junior World Championship history.

* New Zealand kicked the most conversions in 2010 with 26, seven more than Australia. Tonga turned only one of their six tries into seven-pointers. New Zealand now lead the all-time charts with 67 conversions across three years, seven more than South Africa in their 15 matches.

* Francois Brummer of South Africa remains the kicker of the most conversions in Junior World Championship history with 24, although now only by one from England full back Tom Homer who kicked seven in 2010.

* Champions New Zealand averaged 52.40 points and 6.6 tries a game - their best in JWC history. The Baby Blacks have averaged 6.6 tries a game in each three tournaments, but have improved their point average each time from 43 in 2008 to 48.4 last year.

* Australia were the next best with 42.40 points and six tries, followed by South Africa on 36.40 points and five tries. Samoa are the only side not to have an average points per game in double figures (nine) and also just 0.8 tries.

* Fiji received six yellow cards over the duration of the tournament. By contrast, hosts Argentina did not have a player sin-binned.

* New Zealand's Julian Savea went into the last day as the leading try scorer with eight but failed to add to his tally in the final. He still matched compatriot Zac Guildford's record of eight for a single tournament.

* Final day hat-tricks for Ireland full back Andrew Conway and New Zealand wing Telusa Veainu mean they end the tournament on five tries, the next best behind Savea and ahead of six players on four, including Argentina's Tomas de la Vega.

* Zac Guildford, who made his All Blacks debut only five months after JWC 2009, remains the all-time leading try scorer with 10, two better than Savea and Japan's captain last year Ryuhei Arita.

* A total of 344 points were scored across the six matches on finals day to bring the total for the tournament to 1,569 - this compares to 1,985 in 2008 and 1,973 in 2009 when 10 more matches were played. This produced an point average of 52.30, significantly better than the two previous editions of 49.4 in 2008 and 49.3 last year.

* A total of 1,569 points were scored in the 2010 tournament, bringing the number scored in Junior World Championship history to 5,527.

* Samoa scored the fewest tries in the tournament with four, one fewer than Fiji with Tonga (6), Wales and Scotland (9) the only teams not to get into double figures. Samoa's total was 27 less than the number of times the leading try scorers New Zealand managed to cross the try-line. Australia and South Africa were the best with 30 and 25 tries respectively in their five matches.

* For the third year in a row New Zealand have scored 33 tries in their run to the title. This means the first try scored by the Baby Blacks in 2011 will bring up the century of JWC tries. Australia are next best with 90, three more than South Africa with France the best of the northern hemisphere nations on 60.

* Tyler Bleyendaal kicked the most conversions with 18, one more than South Africa's Patrick Lambie. Matt Toomua (Australia), Gilles Bosch (France) and Noel Reid (10) were the only other players into double figures. The New Zealand captain's tally was one more than the previous best set by Francois Brummer of South Africa in 2008.

* Of the 179 tries scored in Argentina, only 124 of them were converted into seven pointers.

* The most points scored in a game was 84 in New Zealand's Pool A victory over Samoa in Santa Fe, a far cry from the 27 scored in Fiji's 15-12 win over the same side during the pool stages.

* A total of 79 points were scored in the final with New Zealand beating Australia 62-17. This is the most to date with 72 scored in last year's final when the Baby Blacks defeated England 44-28, a year after they had beaten the same opponents 38-3.

* Samoa are the only side not to record a victory in the IRB Junior World Championship 2010, with New Zealand the only team with a perfect record after lifting the trophy.

* In fact New Zealand have never lost a Junior World Championship match with 15 consecutive victories. In this unbeaten run they have scored 719 points and conceded just 134, crossed for 99 tries and had their line breached only 12 times as well as kicked 67 conversions and 30 penalties.

* No red cards were issued over the course of the tournament in Argentina. This is in stark contrast to previous years with four in 2008 and five last year.

* A total of four drop goals were kicked in the tournament - one fewer than in both 2008 and 2009. Argentina fly half Ignacio Rodriguez Muedra kicked two with Rory Clegg of England and Fiji's Josh Matavesi the others to splice the uprights. A total of 14 have now been kicked in JWC history with Rodriguez Muedra joining Baby Boks Sias Ebersohn as the only players to kick two JWC drop goals.

* A total of 27 yellow cards were handed out during the tournament, with Fijian teammates Kolinio Nalasekata and Maritino Nemani the only players to receive two.

* New Zealand's Julian Savea scored the most tries in a single game with four against Samoa on day two, equalling the record set by Dane Haylett-Perry of Australia against Canada in 2008 and equalled by his compatriots Richard Kingi and Kurtley Beale against the same opponents last year.

* Australia trio Aidan Toua, Nicolas White and Dominic Shipperley, New Zealand wing Telusa Veainu, Andrew Conway of Ireland and England centre Jonny May were the other players to score hat-tricks in Argentina.

* Tom Homer is the leading point scorer in JWC history with 118 with Matthew Jarvis' 22 points in Wales' final day victory over Fiji making him become the third player to pass through the 100-point barrier. He bows out of Under 20 rugby with 116 points, 11 more than previous top scorer Francois Brummer of South Africa.

* Samoa scored the fewest points of the 12 teams with 45 across their five matches, while New Zealand scored the most with 262 - 50 more than Australia who were the only other side to surpass 200. Scotland (91), Fiji (53), Tonga (53) and Samoa were the only sides not to reach three figures.

And finally...

* The tallest players in the tournament were Australian second rows Phoenix Battye and Gregory Peterson at 204 cm, with South African centre Branco du Preez the shortest at 166cm.

* Tonga prop Mone Latu was the heaviest player, weighing in at 132kg or 20 stones 8 pounds. He weighs almost double the lightest player, Vaiofaga Simanu of Samoa who tips the scales at 69kg or 10 stones 8 pounds.

* New Zealand, though, had the heaviest squad with an average of 100kg (15 stones 7 pounds), while South Africa were the lightest at 95kg (14 stones 9 pounds)

* The player were the longest surname was Argentina fly half Valentin Cruz Hernestrosa with 16 characters.

* The oldest squad in the tournament belongs to New Zealand with an average age of 20 years and six days, slightly younger than in 2009.

* Australia had the youngest squad of 19 years and 207 days, helped greatly by the youngest ever JWC player Liam Gill, who only turned 18 on 8 June.

* Fiji have the tallest squad with an average height of 187cm, while their fellow Pacific islanders Tonga had the shortest at 181cm.