JWC finals ... statistically speaking

(IRB.COM) Sunday 23 June 2013
 
 JWC finals ... statistically speaking
Trent Renata was the first player to score any points in a JWC final with a penalty back in 2008

We bring you some interesting statistics on past finals at the IRB Junior World Championship to whet your appetite for the 2013 decider between England and Wales at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.

* This will be the first final not to feature New Zealand or, in fact, any southern hemisphere team.

* Wales are the fifth team to reach a Junior World Championship final after New Zealand, England, Australia and South Africa.

* A new champion is guaranteed with England having lost three previous finals and Wales reaching their first title decider.

* England and Wales have never met before in JWC history, although the English have the upper hand at Under 20 level in the Six Nations with a perfect record against their neighbours.

* The final will be the 200th match in JWC history.

* The five captains to have lifted the coveted trophy are Chris Smith (New Zealand, 2008), Aaron Cruden (New Zealand, 2009), Tyler Bleyendaal (New Zealand, 2010), Luke Whitelock (New Zealand, 2011) and Wiaan Liebenberg (South Africa, 2012).

* A total of 285 points have been scored in the five previous finals.

* Thirty-two tries have been scored in final, all bar 10 of them by four-time champions New Zealand. Twenty-two of these tries - or 68.75 per cent - have been turned into seven pointers.

* The only player to score a hat-trick in a JWC final is Telusa Veainu in New Zealand's 62-17 win over Australia in 2010.

* New Zealand duo Aaron Cruden and Zac Guildford both scored braces in the 2009 final, while England wing Christian Wade crossed for two in their 2011 loss to the Baby Blacks.

* The first player to score a try in a JWC final was New Zealand wing Kade Poki, after 17 minutes of the 2008 title decider with England at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales.

* The last player to score a try was Jan Serfontein, the South African centre who was named IRB Junior Player of the Year after the Baby Boks beat New Zealand 22-16 in the 2012 final.

* The fastest try in a JWC final was scored by New Zealand hooker Liam Coltman within the first minute in 2010.

* By contrast, the longest wait for a try in a JWC final was 34 minutes in 2012, the time it took for New Zealand's Milford Keresoma to dot down at Newlands.

* Twenty-seven players have scored a try in a JWC final to date.

* The first points scored in a JWC final were by New Zealand full back Trent Renata with a penalty after five minutes in 2008.

* Ten is the most tries scored in a JWC final during New Zealand's 44-28 win over England in 2009. The Baby Blacks scored seven of them.

* The winning team has scored the most tries in every final apart from the 2011 decider when England and New Zealand both scored three tries in the Baby Blacks' 33-22 success.

* The most points scored in a single JWC final is 79 in New Zealand's scintillating 62-17 defeat of Australia in 2010.

* The fewest points scored by any team in a JWC final are the three England managed against New Zealand in the inaugural final in 2008.

* Dave Rennie is the most successful coach in JWC final history, overseeing New Zealand's first three titles between 2008 and 2010.

* Four players have won more than one JWC winners' medals: Zac Guildford (2008/2009), Willie Ioane (2009/2010), Luke Whitelock and Glen Robertson (2010/2011).

* The top point scorer in a JWC final is Tyler Bleyendaal, the New Zealand captain in 2010 contributing 28 points to their cause in the 62-17 win over Australia.

* There have also been 26 penalties kicked with the most in a single final being six in both 2010 and 2012.

* The only person to slot a drop goal between the posts in a JWC final is South Africa fly half Handre Pollard in 2012.

* There have been three red cards and three yellow cards in JWC finals. Two of the red cards came last year with New Zealand's Ofa Tu'ungafasi and South African Paul Willemse dismissed just before the hour mark. The other red came in the inaugural final in 2008 when England's Calum Clark saw red.