We bring you some interesting statistics from the final day of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 in South Africa.
- South Africa won the title for the first time following a hard-fought 22-16 victory over four-time champions New Zealand in the final at Newlands, becoming the only side to be crowned champions after losing a match.
- The final standings are 1. South Africa 2. New Zealand 3. Wales 4. Argentina 5. Ireland 6. France 7. England 8. Australia 9. Scotland 10. Samoa 11. Fiji 12. Italy.
- Italy are the only side not to record a victory in the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 and as a result have been relegated to the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy next year.
- New Zealand suffered their first defeats in JWC history in South Africa, the Pool A loss to Wales ending a 21-match winning run before the Junior Boks denied them a fifth successive title in the final.
- The number of players to score a try at Junior World Championship 2012 was 107.
- Twenty-five tries were scored on the last day of JWC 2012, bringing the total for the tournament to 165. This is the lowest tally for a single tournament, the previous low being the 179 scored in Argentina in 2010.
- A total of 1,062 tries have been scored in the five editions of the Junior World Championship, 706 of which have been turned into seven pointers.
- 67.88 per cent of tries were converted at JWC 2012 in South Africa.
- The top try-scorer at JWC 2012 was Scotland wing Jamie Farndale with six, braces in the last two matches lifting him to the top of charts. South Africa's Jan Serfontein and Milford Keresoma of New Zealand both scored tries in the final to finish with four tries.
- South Africa scored 19 tries, by far the fewest for a title winning team. New Zealand scored 33 in securing the first three of their titles and surpassed that with 37 at JWC 2011.
- Scotland were actually the top try scorers in the tournament with 21 after crossing the line nine times in the ninth place play-off win over Samoa. New Zealand are next best with 20, followed by South Africa (19) and Wales (18). Only Italy (7), Samoa (8) and Argentina (9) failed to get into double figures.
- The honour of being the leading point scorer in the tournament goes to Tom Prydie with 61 points (two tries, nine conversions and 11 penalties). The Welsh wing had topped the charts since his 29-point haul against Samoa in round three. Only two other players, Scotland captain Harry Leonard (54) and Ireland fly half JJ Hanrahan (53), surpassed the half century mark.
- A total of 1,343 points were scored in the 2012 tournament, bringing the number scored in Junior World Championship history to 8,510.
- A total of 261 points were scored across the six matches on Friday to bring the total for JWC to 1,343. This is 297 points fewer than were scored last year in Italy and the lowest of all five editions, highlighting just how competitive JWC 2012 was.
- Only four drop goals were kicked at JWC 2012, including one by South Africa fly half Handre Pollard in the final which took the total to just 21 in JWC history.
- The most points scored in a JWC 2012 match was 90 in Scotland’s 62-28 ninth place play-off victory over Samoa at the University of Western Cape Stadium, this is 36 shy of the JWC record from South Africa’s 108-18 win over the USA in the 2008 pool stages. Even so, 90 points are a far cry from the 15 scored in Wales’ historic 9-6 win over New Zealand on match day two.
- The 12 teams kicked 94 penalties between them at JWC 2012, taking the total to 575 in Junior World Championship history.
- Wales kicked the most penalties with 14, two more than England or Ireland. France and South Africa were the only other nation into double figures.
- The race to be top point scorers at JWC 2012 was a close one, ultimately won by Wales with 158 points, two more than South Africa with Scotland (149) and New Zealand (148) the next best.
- Champions South Africa averaged 31.20 points and 3.80 tries a match. Runners up New Zealand averaged 29.60 points and four tries, their worst ever figures in JWC history and a far cry from the 54.80 points and 7.4 tries a match they averaged at JWC 2011.
- Italy, by contrast, had the lowest average per match with 10.80 points and 1.4 tries. Samoa were only slightly better (12.60/1.6) but the next lowest was semi finalists Argentina (14.00/1.8).
- Relegated Italy scored the fewest points (54) and tries (7) at JWC 2012. Samoa’s 62-28 loss to Scotland on the final day means they conceded the most points (234) and tries (36) of all 12 teams.
- The match average at JWC 2012 was 44.77 points, 5.5 tries, 3.73 conversions, 3.13 penalties, 0.13 drop goals, 0.83 yellow cards and 0.07 red cards.
- Tom Prydie scored the most points in a single match with 29 – two tries, eight conversions and a penalty – in Wales’ 74-3 victory over Samoa in Pool A. This is four shy of the JWC record set by France fly half Pierre Bernard in their fifth place play-off victory over Wales in 2009.
- South Africa conceded just three tries in winning the 2012 title – two against Ireland in the shock loss to Ireland on day one and one in their victory over New Zealand. Samoa, on the other hand, conceded 36 tries in their five matches at JWC 2012.
- Twenty-four yellow cards were given at JWC 2012 with England recieving the most of them with five. Italy, New Zealand and South Africa did not receive a yellow card.
- The final day saw three red cards brandished by referees, including one to each side in the final. These were the first red cards since JWC 2009 in Japan.