JWC 2011: Match day two statistics

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 15 June 2011
 JWC 2011: Match day two statistics
Lima Sopoaga scores one of New Zealand's 14 tries against Wales - Photo: Getty Images

We bring you some interesting statistics from the second round of pool matches at the IRB Junior World Championship 2011 in Italy.

  • New Zealand’s 92-0 win over Wales is the biggest winning margin in Junior World Championship history, surpassing South Africa’s 108-18 pool victory over USA at JWC 2008 in Wales.

  • It was the fourth time in JWC history that New Zealand have kept a side scoreless. Argentina lost 60-0 in 2008, their fellow South Americans Uruguay 75-0 a year later in Japan, when Ireland also slipped to a 17-0 defeat.

  • Fly half Gareth Anscombe has rocketed into joint fourth on the all-time conversions list. He converted 11 of New Zealand’s 14 tries in the win over Wales, adding to the previous Baby Blacks record of seven he notched in the 64-7 opening Pool A win over Italy. South Africa’s Francois Brummer leads the all-time list with 24 conversions.

  • Anscombe took his points tally for two matches at JWC 2011 to 44. He notched 22 for the second match in succession, all from conversions this time, to lead the way from South Africa's Johan Goosen by 14 points. 

  • A total of 363 points were scored on day two in Italy, taking the tally for JWC 2011 to 664 and pushing the total through the 6,000 point milestone in JWC history.

  • Ireland wing Andrew Conway moved into equal second place on the all-time JWC try-scoring list. His two in the defeat by South Africa took him to eight, level with Julian Savea of New Zealand and Japan's Ryuhei Arita and behind All Black Zac Guildford (10).

  • New Zealand passed the 800 points mark in JWC competition while Australia and South Africa broke through the 700 barrier. New Zealand has now scored 875 points since the inaugural tournament in 2008, Australia 723 and South Africa 711.

  • The Baby Blacks' statistics on the JWC stage make for impressive reading with 875 points scored and 141 conceded, along with 122 tries for and 13 against, in their 17 consecutive victories. Of the teams to have also played 17 JWC matches, South Africa are the next best in terms of points conceded with 301, four fewer than Australia.

  • South Africa need four tries to become the third side to score 100 tries in JWC history after New Zealand and Australia. The most prolific try scorers outside the southern hemisphere big three are England and France on 67.

  • A total of 60 players have now scored tries at JWC 2011.

  • Baby Blacks wing Charles Piutau and South African centre Francois Venter are the leading try scorers with four, both having scored a brace in their country's two matches to date. South Africa captain Arno Botha, New Zealanders Sam Cane and Lima Sopoaga, Ireland's Andrew Conway and England wing Christian Wade have all touched down three times.

  • Round two saw the first drop goals of the tournament kicked, by South Africa's Johan Goosen and Scotland captain Duncan Weir against Ireland and England respectively.

  • The Baby Blacks have scored 156 points and conceded just seven in their two Pool A matches. Australia are the only other team to score more than century of points with 104, while South Africa and France (26) have conceded the fewest points after New Zealand.

  • James McKinney moved into the top 10 all-time points scorers in Ireland's loss to South Africa. The fly half landed four penalties and a conversion to bring his overall JWC tally to 60, putting him in eighth place behind top scorer Tom Homer of England (118).

  • Australia passed the century mark of tries at JWCs by running in eight in the 50-25 Pool B win over Fiji to move to 106 overall, 16 fewer than New Zealand. Captain Michael Hooper had the honour of bringing up the 100th when he breached the Fijians’ defence after nine minutes.

  • New Zealand flanker Sam Cane had the honour of scoring the first hat-trick of JWC 2011 in the defeat of Wales, swiftly followed by another from England wing Christian Wade in their defeat of Scotland.

  • There were eight separate try scorers for the Australians, just as there were in their opening 54-7 win over Tonga. Second row Blake Enever and back row Jarrad Butler crossed the line in both those matches.

  • Argentina posted their first win of the tournament in the 27-3 Pool A victory over Italy in Rovigo. Other winners on day two were defending champions New Zealand, England, Australia, France and South Africa.

  • As on the opening day of the tournament, New Zealand scored the most points (92) and most tries (14) of all 12 teams. They did fall short though of the record for the most tries (16) and points (108) in a single JWC match, which South Africa still hold from their win over USA in 2008.

  • New Zealand have scored more tries than any other team at JWC 2011 with 23. Australia (16) are the only other country into double figures after two rounds.

  • Italy have scored the fewest tries with one, although this is the only try conceded by the Baby Blacks so far. 

  • A total of 48 tries were scored on day two, taking the total for the tournament to 84, of which 65 have been turned into seven pointers.

  • New Zealand's emphatic win over Wales has helped the average number of points per match reach 55.33 at JWC 2011, which equates to 29.67 in the first half and 25.67 after the break.

  • The average for a JWC 2011 match is seven tries, 5.42 conversions, three penalties, 0.17 drop goals and 0.85 yellow cards. 

  • No red cards have been handed out at JWC 2011 to date.