The second round of Pool matches in the 2011 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy takes place on Saturday. In the first round of matches there were 205 points scored, including 25 tries. This compares with 177 points and 19 tries in the first round of matches in 2010. Canada were the only one of the eight teams not to score a try.
Pool A - Samoa v Uruguay
Samoa, the top seeds for the 2011 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, got their tournament off to a winning start with a 48-11 victory over the USA in the first round of matches, scoring eight tries, including a hat trick by inside centre ROBERT LILOMAIAVA and two tries by number eight SUAMALIE TUILETUFUGA.
Uruguay, who won the inaugural IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Chile in 2008, kicked off this year’s campaign with a 33-5 victory over Russia.
The Samoans have made just one change to their starting line up, with ONEONE FAAFOU coming in at flanker in place of GREG FOE, whilst Uruguay have named exactly the same squad that played against Russia.
Uruguay prop JUAN ECHEVERRIA, hooker GUZMAN CARISSIMI, centre JOAQUIN PRADA and fullback ANDRES VILASECA have all been on the winning side in the three JWRT matches they have started for Uruguay over the last two years.
The age factor
The average age of the Samoan side is 19 years six months, with the oldest and youngest players in their squad both in the starting line up against Uruguay. FAAVAE FAAVAE at 20 years and four months plays in the centres, whilst PETER SCHUSTER at 18 years and five months plays at fullback.
The average age of the Uruguay side is 19 years 11 months. The oldest player in the tournament is left wing MARIANO SAN ANDREA, who was born on 1st January 1991.
Players aged 20: Samoa 3, Uruguay 8
Players aged 18: Samoa 3, Uruguay 1
Samoa will have a distinct advantage on height in the lineout with an average differential of 10 cm per man in the forwards.
The average height of the Samoa pack is 188 cm, with the second tallest man in the tournament, WILLIAM SKELTON at 203 cm, playing at lock forward.
The average height of the Uruguay pack is 178 cm, which is the shortest of all eight forward units. Their tallest player is flanker FRANCO LAMMANA at 188 cm.
Players 185 cm or taller: Samoa 4, Uruguay 4
Samoa also have a big physical advantage in the scrums, particularly in the front row.
The average weight of the Samoa pack is 110 kg and the second heaviest player in the tournament starts at tighthead prop. MICHAEL ALAALATOA weighs in at 130 kg in a front row combination that averages 121 kg, which is the heaviest of the eight teams on Saturday.
The average weight of the Uruguay pack is 94 kg, which is the joint lightest with Zimbabwe and their front row averages 98 kg, giving Samoa a 23 kg per man weight advantage at the scrum.
Players 100kg or heavier: Samoa 5, Uruguay 1
Pool A - Russia v USA
The two sides that lost their first round matches in Pool A meet on Saturday as Russia and the USA lock horns in a must win game for both teams.
Russia went down 33-5 to Uruguay, with a solitary try by DENIS SIMPLIKEVICH, who has now scored in four of the five JWRT matches in which he has played.
The USA lost 48-11 to Samoa, with the only try scored by the youngest player in their squad, MADISON HUGHES.
Russia, who have the most experienced squad in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy this year, have made four changes to their starting line up from their opening match, with ALEXANDER BERZIN coming in at lock forward, a new half back combination of GERMAN GODLYUK and LEONID YAMSCHIKOV and ALEXANDER RAZUMOV starting on the wing.
The USA have made three changes to their starting line up, with OJ AUIMATAGI coming in at prop and DREW OHMANN at hooker, whilst TIM O’HARA replaces the injured ALEC GLETZER at flanker.
The age factor
The average age of the Russia side is 19 years 10 months. The only 18 year old in their squad this year is scrum half GERMAN GODLYUK.
The average age of the USA side is 19 years five months. JOE COWLEY is the oldest player in their squad for this weekend’s match at 20 years and three months.
Players aged 20: Russia 8, USA 2
Players aged 18: Russia 1, USA 3
The average height of the Russia pack is 188 cm and they have the tallest man in the tournament in their line up in lock forward RUSLAN SHIRINOV, who towers above his opponents at 204 cm.
The average height of the USA pack is 186 cm and their tallest player is second row forward DAN METCALF at 195 cm.
Players 185 cm or taller: Russia 8, USA 8
The average weight of the Russia pack is 100 kg and the heaviest man in their line up is tighthead prop YURI MATVEEV at 120 kg. He has a weight advantage of 18 kg over his direct opponent in the scrum, USA loosehead prop OJ AUIMATAGI.
The average weight of the USA pack is 104 kg and the heaviest man in their line up is tighthead prop PAUL MULLEN at 115 kg. He has a weight advantage of 13 kg over his direct opponent in the scrum, Russia loosehead prop ALEXEY SKOBIOLA.
Players 100 kg or heavier: Russia 3, USA 6.
Pool B - Japan v Canada
Japan won their opening match 37-24 against Zimbabwe after a dominant first half performance that saw them going in with a 20 point lead at half time. The runners up in the 2010 tournament beat Canada 38-17 in the Pool stages last year, including a try by MASAKATSU HIKOSAKA who starts on the right wing this weekend.
Canada were beaten 38-9 by the host nation, Georgia, in their opening Pool match but have kept faith with that team despite the heavy defeat and have made no changes to their 22 man squad as they seek to improve on a sixth place finish in last year’s tournament.
Japan have made five changes to the starting line up that faced Zimbabwe, all in the forwards. They have added weight to the pack to face a heavier Canadian side with KENGO KITAGAWA coming in at prop in place of the injured YOSUKE TAKAHASHI, YUSUKE NIWAI starts at hooker, YUHO ASHIYA plays in the second row, TATSURU OWADA at number eight and NAOYUKI TSUJI, who played in three matches in last year’s tournament, starts at flanker after missing the opening match.
Four of Japan’s team were involved in last year’s win over Canada; MAO ENOKI, who scored a try in the final against Italy, NAOYUKI TSUJI, LAFAELE VAIFU, who scored a try against Russia and MASAKATSU HIKOSAKA.
Canada have seven players in their starting line up who were involved in the 2010 encounter; prop SCOTT MacLEOD, hooker CASEY CAVERS, lock forward SCOTT MacDONALD, fly half JEFF HASSLER, inside centre PATRICK PARFREY, fullback LIAM UNDERWOOD and wing KURTIS APPLEDOORN, who scored a try in the 13-11 defeat to Uruguay in the play off for fifth place last year.
The age factor
The average age of the Japan starting line up is 19 years 10 months and their oldest player is wing MASAKATSU HIKOSAKA at 20 years and four months.
The average age of the Canada side is also 19 years nine months. SCOTT MACDONALD is their oldest player at 20 years and three months and the only 18 year old in the squad is outside centre CLAYTON MEERES.
Players aged 20: Japan 6, Canada 5
Players aged 18: Japan 2, Canada 1
The average height of the Japan pack is 182 cm, with lock YUHO ASHIYA and flanker NAOYUKI TSUJI the tallest forwards at 190 cm.
The average height of the Canada pack is 189 cm, with lock forward CAM PIERCE 10 cm taller than any of his opponents at 200 cm.
Players 185 cm or taller: Japan 3, Canada 7
The average weight of the Japan pack is 97 kg and the heaviest player is tighthead prop MAO ENOKI, who weighs in at 120 kg in a front row combination averaging 106 kg.
The average weight of the Canada pack is 102.5 kg but their front row combination will be conceding an average of four kg per man to their opponents. The Canadians have the heaviest man in the tournament on the replacements bench in the shape of BRANDON TENNANT, who weighs in at 132 kg frame.
Players 100 kg or heavier: Japan 5, Canada 5
Pool B - Georgia v Zimbabwe
Host nation Georgia got their tournament off to a winning start with a convincing 38-9 win over Canada, scoring four tries in the second half, all of which came through the forwards. Flanker GIGA TKHILAISHVILI, who scored one of the tries against Canada, also scored in the final of the FIRA European Under 19 Championship in 2010 when Georgia beat Russia 38-7.
Zimbabwe lost their opening match 37-24 to Japan and were 27 points behind until scoring two tries in the last 10 minutes.
Georgia, who finished third in the inaugural event in 2008, have made four changes to their starting line up with IRAKLI CHOMAKHASHVILI coming in at hooker, RAMAZ JINASHVILI at scrum half, LUKA KVARATSKHELIA replaces the injured GODERZI CHINCHARAULI at fly half and LEVAN GOGOLASHVILI starts on the wing.
Zimbabwe, who finished seventh in last year’s tournament, have also made four personnel changes to their starting line up from the side that lost to Japan. MURRAY BRYCE-ROGERS starts at prop, TATENDA CHIKAKA comes in at flanker, whilst DYLAN COETZEE and KUDA CHIWANZA are rewarded for scoring tries after coming on as replacements against Japan and start at centre and wing respectively. In a positional change, CHARLES JIJI moves to scrum half from the wing.
The age factor
The average age of the Georgia side is 19 years nine months. Two of the three 18 year olds in the Georgia squad are in the starting line up against Zimbabwe; LEVAN GOGOLASHVILI and BAKHVA KOBAKHIDZE.
The average age of the Zimbabwe side is 19 years seven months and their oldest player is second row forward TAKUDZWA JARAVAZA at 20 years and 3 months. KUDA CHIWANZA will be celebrating his 20th birthday on Sunday.
Players aged 20: Georgia 6, Zimbabwe 4
Players aged 18: Georgia 2, Zimbabwe 3
Georgia have a slight advantage in height over their opponents but have a much heavier pack than Zimbabwe, who are conceding an average of 14 kg per man.
The average height of the Georgia pack is 185 cm, with lock KOTE MIKAUTADZE the tallest forward on the pitch at 200 cm.
The average height of the Zimbabwe pack is 183 cm, with lock forward GRAHAM LOGAN at 194 cm their tallest player.
Players 185 cm or taller: Georgia 6, Zimbabwe 6
The average weight of the Georgia pack is 111 kg, with all eight forwards at 100 kg or more and the heaviest player is loosehead prop ZURA ZHVANIA, who weighs in at 125 kg in a front row combination averaging 116 kg. ZHVANIA has a 25 kg weight advantage over his direct opponent in the scrum, IAN MUZA.
The average weight of the Zimbabwe pack is 97 kg and the front row combination averages 98 kg.
Players 100 kg or heavier: Georgia 9, Zimbabwe 3