JWC 2013: Day four statistics

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 19 June 2013
 JWC 2013: Day four statistics
Nicky Thomas celebrates a piece of history as Wales reached their first JWC final - Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima

We bring you some interesting statistics from semi-final day at the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France.

* A new champion is guaranteed in 2013 with Wales qualifying for their first final and England hoping for a case of fourth time lucky after losing their previous three title deciders to New Zealand. It will also be the first all-northern hemisphere final.

* New Zealand failed to reach the final for the first time in JWC history after losing 33-21 to England.

* South Africa’s exit after the 18-17 loss to Wales is the earliest a defending champion has bowed out of the competition.

* Samoa picked up their first win at JWC 2013 after scoring two tries in the dying minutes to beat Fiji 19-18. Fiji and USA are yet to taste victory and will meet in the relegation play-off on Sunday.

* A total of 222 points were scored on day four – the lowest single day total of JWC 2013 to date – to take the total for this tournament to 1,206.

* The total points now scored in JWC history is 9,716. Across the 194 matches played to date that equates to an average of 50.08 points per match.

* England remain the leading point scorers at JWC 2013 with 196 with South Africa (171), New Zealand (125), Argentina (114), Wales (111) and Scotland (109) the only other teams into three figures.

* By contrast, USA have scored only six points – a penalty against France and Scotland – and conceded 290 points. Their try-line has been breached 44 times and they are the only side yet to cross the whitewash at JWC 2013.  

* A total of 24 tries were scored on day four, the lowest of JWC 2013 to date. This compares to 43 on day one, 28 on day two and 52 on day three.

* The number of tries scored in JWC history has now broken through the 1,200 barrier to 1,209.

* New Zealand continue to lead the try-scoring charts in JWC history with 172 scored across their 29 matches, seven more than South Africa. Australia (140) and England (117) are the only other sides to have passed a century of tries in JWC history.

* Fifteen of the 24 tries scored on day four were converted. In JWC history, 796 – or 66 per cent – of tries have been turned into seven pointers.

* New Zealand remain atop the point scoring charts in JWC history with 1,266, followed by South Africa on 1,219. If Australia score 22 points in their seventh place play-off with Ireland on Sunday they will become only the third team to score 1,000 points on the JWC stage.

*Argentina, Wales and Ireland have kicked the most penalties at JWC 2013 with 12. New Zealand are the only team into double figures with 11.

* Twenty-four penalties were kicked across the six matches on day four, taking the total to 670 in JWC history.

* England fly half Will Hooley remains top of the conversion charts thanks to his 11 in the last round against USA. Teammate Henry Slade and Argentina fly half Patricio Fernández are next best with nine.

* There were no drop goals slotted between the posts on day four, so Wales fly half Sam Davies remains the only player to have kicked any at JWC 2013.

* Argentina fly half Patricio Fernández is once more the top point scorer at JWC 2013 after his 17-point haul against Australia. Fernández has 63 points, seven more than Wales No.10 Sam Davies. With a big haul on the final day, both players could get close to the record for a single tournament, the 86 scored by New Zealand fly half Gareth Anscombe in 2011.

* Seabelo Senatla remains the top try-scorer in France despite failing to cross the line for the second match in succession. He is still, therefore, two shy of the record for a single tournament set by All Blacks Zac Guildford (2009) and Julian Savea (2010).

* Next best are a clutch of eight players who have scored three tries at JWC 2013.

* Sam Davies remains atop the penalties chart with 12, two more than Los Pumitas fly half Patricio Fernández.

* There were five yellow cards on day four, bringing the total to 22 at JWC 2013 and 188 overall. Argentina flanker Pablo Matera is the only player to receive two in this year’s tournament.

* There were no red cards on day four, so the total for JWC 2013 remains at two. The 11 in the tournament’s history are shared between seven countries (Fiji, South Africa, England, France, Samoa, New Zealand and Scotland).

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