We bring you some interesting statistics from day one of the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France which yielded victories for defending champions South Africa, Argentina, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Wales.
* Eleven teams contributed to the 334 points scored on day one – 14 fewer than the opening day in South Africa last year – with USA the only team not to get on the scoreboard.
* The total points now scored in JWC history is 8,844. Across the 176 matches played to date that equates to an average of 50.25 points per match.
* A total of 43 tries were scored on day one with only Fiji, Samoa, hosts France and USA not crossing the whitewash. This compared to 46 at JWC 2012.
* South Africa scored 16 tries in their 97-0 defeat of USA to equal their own record for the most tries scored in a single JWC match. They managed this against USA in 2008 and Fiji in 2011.
* This try fest helped push the number of tries scored in JWC history through the 1,100 mark.
* New Zealand continue to lead the try-scoring charts in JWC history with 165 scored across their 25 matches, although South Africa have narrowed the gap to them slightly and now sit on 157.
* Robert du Preez, the Baby Boks’ fly half, kicked six conversions but South Africa actually missed with nine of their conversion attempts against the Junior All-Americans.
* South Africa’s 97-0 victory produced the biggest winning margin in JWC history, bettering the 92-0 benchmark set by New Zealand with their pool stages defeat of Wales in 2011.
* Ninety-seven is also the third highest score posted in JWC history with South Africa having twice topped a century of points.
* Twenty-five penalties were kicked on day one, taking the total in JWC history to 600.
* Argentina kicked the most penalties with six – all by fly half Patricio Fernandez – on day one.
* Patricio Fernandez was the top point scorer on day one with 29 in Argentina’s 44-13 win over Scotland. Not quite enough to break Pierre Bernard’s record for a single match of 33, scored against Wales for France in the fifth place play-off in 2009.
* Seabelo Senatla was the top try scorer on day one with four, the South Africa Sevens star tying the record for the most tries in a single match set by Julian Savea (New Zealand, v Samoa in 2010), Richard Kingi and Kurtley Beale (Australia, v Canada in 2009) and Dane Haylett-Petty (Australia, v Canada in 2008).
* Thirty-one players scored a try on day one, with England captain Jack Clifford, New Zealand trio Michael Collins, Fa’asiu Fuatai and Leroy van Dam, as well as South African quartet Justin Geduld, Jesse Kriel, Luther Obi and Mike Willemse also touching down twice.
* There were six yellow cards on day one, three of them for Fiji in their loss to four-time champions New Zealand. Australia, France and Scotland were the others to see a player sent to the sin-bin.
* Fiji also had two players shown red cards, taking the number to 11 in JWC history. Only two tournaments (2009 and 2010) did not produce any red cards.