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Welcome to the final day of Pool action at #JWC2013. Today decides who makes the semis and a shot at the #JWC2013 crown!

  • Semi finals will be: SA v WAL and NZ v ENG
  • 5th-9th playoffs: IRE v FRA and ARG v AUS
  • 9th-12th playoffs: SCO v USA and SAM v FIJ

Today's Pool results:

  • Wales go through to the semi finals after beating Argentina 25-20
  • New Zealand grab a semi final spot after beating Ireland 31-26
  • England set highest ever score in JWC history after beating USA 109-0
  • Scotland beat Samoa 36-33
  • Australia beat Fiji 46-12
  • France lose out to South Africa 26-19
  • All times are your local time
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22:35

Well that's all we have time for today and what a day of rugby it was again. Really high quality and we now know the semi finalists? Hope to see you next time for the semi finals!!

22:24

Fiji captain Esikia Macu: "I thank the boys for their team effort on their field, a couple of things we had worked on before we came for the match with Australia. In the first half we dropped some balls and in the second half we tried to manage them but they dominated us on rucks and lineouts."

22:22

England captain Alex Day: “It was a massive win and very proud for myself as I was captaining my side but first and foremost we had to get the win and I don’t think the scoreline reflected the fight that the USA put up, they are a good team and just credit to the boys they stuck to it throughout the whole 80 minutes.

“It was all about us, we were not focused on what other teams were doing we just knew we had to get a good score against the USA and stuck to it throughout the whole 80 and managed to come up with a decent scoreline which thankfully pushed us through to the semis.

“You have got to play the best to win it and New Zealand are traditionally the best in the world. All the boys are really looking forward to this one and we are going to have to up our game another level and I’m sure they are going to have to up their game to face us as well and I’m sure it will be a good test and one we are looking forward to."

22:02

Curtis Browning, on his side's victory over Fiji: "We have said before it is good to come out with a bonus point win, it is easy to drop off after two losses in a row, but it shows the mentality of the boys to come away with the win. The effort from the boys the whole tournament has been great, you can't fault that one bit, it was the same again tonight and they really worked hard as a whole eight and as whole 15 and it was good impact off the bench. Everyone works hard for each other and you can't fault the effort of the boys and the pride they have in the jersey, so it is a good win."

Pool A: France v South Africa
South Africa claim the ball in the line-out in their Pool A clash with France. Photo: Cristelle Glemet
21:30

FT: AUS 46-12 FIJI at the final whistle

21:28

FRANCE 19-26 SOUTH AFRICA: Great game there, we will have the semi final match-ups in just a moment

21:19

Australia are leading 46-12 with five minutes left 

21:15

5 minutes left and it's France 19-21 South Africa. Tense!! Can France do it, let us know on Twitter, @irbjuniors

21:11

PENALTY SA! Handre Pollard steps up and slots a great penalty to put SA back in front. FRA 19-21 RSA

21:10

TRY Australia! Luke Burton puts his head down and drives over from short range. Over the 40 point mark now. Australia 46-12 Fiji

Pool A: France v South Africa
France player Thibault Regard scores the first try for his team against South Africa in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Christelle Glemet
20:43

Penalty AUS: Reece Hodge kicks one over for Australia and makes it AUS 27-5 Fiji

20:39

TRY SOUTH AFRICA! Luther Obi with a great finish in the right hand corner. He is almost pushed out into touch by Teddy Thomas but manages to stay in and score. FRA 7-15 RSA

20:35

TV commentator at half time in the France v South Africa match, taking place at the Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon: "We've just seen the best 40 at this venue in these Junior World Championships."

20:29

HT: Australia 24-5 Fiji

20:28

HT: France trail South Africa 8-7 at half-time but are putting up a good fight against a tough opposition. Home crowd are definitely behind their players!

Pool B: New Zealand v Ireland
New Zeakand and Ireland players shake hands after a thrilling second half display by Ireland to fall short, 21-26. Photo: Michel Renac
20:20

TRY Australia. Brad Lacey latches onto a delicate kick through and the bounce is perfect for him to go down in the right-hand corner. The Fijian full back was nowhere to be seen. AUS 17-5 FJI

20:16

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock on loss to NZ: "Every loss is tough to take when you are a coach, you want to win every game. That was a tough battle against quality opposition of course but I am proud of my team, I thought my players were fantastic. The patch after half-time, we were a man down and that was really the crucial time for us in terms of losing that control on the game. New Zealad ran in a couple of tries there. You have got to give our guys a huge credit, particularly to Luke as captain to rally his troops the way he did, get them back on track, introduce some fresh blood and we worked hard, got back into the game and took it right down to the wire.

"We might not have won the game, but I think we won a lot of respect from a lot of people watching the game and a lot of teams watching the way we went toe to toe with a pretty formidable team. Probably that yellow card was a defining moment for us, you can't really give the All Blacks that sort of time and space, and perhaps expect to win the game, even though we got very close."

Pool B: New Zealand v Ireland
Ireland score a try during their fight back in the second half against New Zealand in the Pool B decider. Photo: Michel Renac
20:11

Round-up: It's AUS 5-5 FJI and FRA 7-8 RSA (both after 25 mins)

20:08

RSA 8-5 FRA- After 22 minutes France trail by three points. Can France win this game? Let us know using Twitter, @irbjuniors

Pool A: England v USA
A USA defender attemps a desperate tackle to prevent an English try. Photo: Christelle Glemet
Pool A: England v USA
Photo: – Christelle Glemet
Pool C: Scotland v Samoa
A Samoan attacking player looks for a gap in the Scottish defence in the second match of Pool C in Nantes. Photo: Steven Lebreton
20:04

Ireland captain Luke McGrath, after losing to New Zealand: "I think to be honest, a lot of our guys hadn't played against New Zealand before and we just threw the kitchen sink at them and you saaw that. I think discipline cost us a little bit, to be honest it's a very tough one to take but I am so proud of the lads."

20:00

TRY Fiji: Mosese Qionimacawa with a great individual effort skipping past the defenders. Game on! AUS 5-5 FIJ

19:57

TRY AUSTRALIA! Reece Hodge scores after 10 minutes to put AUS 5-0 up against Fiji

19:55

TRY France! It's 7-5 after Thibault Regard gets over the whitewash. FRA 7- 5 SA

19:52

New Zealand captain Ardie Savea after beating Ireland: "We thought we had them, especially early in that second half. We knew that the Irish boys, they never give up and they would just keep coming at us and we were lucky to get away with that win. We took that as a quarter-final and we are just happy to be in finals footy.

"Those Irish boys they are real niggly and they love their scrummaging and they proved a point in this competition against us especially, we have got a lot of work to do if we want to go the next step in the semi-finals.

19:50

TRY SOUTH AFRICA: Dries Swanepoel scores within 44 seconds to put SA up 5-0

19:49

RESULTS ROUND-UP: Wales 25-20 Argentina, New Zealand 31-26 Ireland, England 109-USA, Scotland 36-33 Samoa

19:47

AUS v FJI and FRA v RSA have now kicked off! Ready?

19:36

FT: SCOTLAND 36-33 SAMOA. What an end to that game. Cracking effort from Samoa but Ben Cooper penalty is the difference at the end. 

19:28

FT: NZ 31-26 Ireland. What a game that was!! Such heart from the Irish who battled all the way. New Zealand go through as Pool B winners. 

19:24

What a score, the highest ever in JWC history! England 109-0 USA. Huge result for England and a disappointing display for USA. 17 tries in total!!

19:23

TRY SAMOA: It's now 33-33 after Ah Sam scores for Samoa. What a game we have here!! 

Pool B: New Zealand v Ireland
An Irish player is trying to escape the New Zealand defence in their crucial clash for Pool B first place. Photo: Michel Renac
19:19

Round-up: Scotland 33-26 Samoa, England 109-0 USA, IRE 26-31 NZ

19:18

IRE v NZ: Ireland are one try away from a bonus point and potential win with under 10 minutes remaining. 

19:13

TRY Scotland: Ben Cooper keeps the pressure on Samoa with a score. SCOTLAND 26-19 SAMOA

19:09

TRY IRELAND: Brian Byrne just hammers over the NZ defence after picking the ball up five metres out off the back of a ruck. Huge power there. IRE 23-31 NZ

19:06

YELLOW CARD SAMOA: Natal Malaki is put in the sin bin for 10 minutes after a high tackle

Pool B: New Zealand v Ireland
Ireland centre Thomas Farrell is stopped by the New Zealand defence in their crucial clash for Pool B first place. Photo: Michel Renac
19:03

IRE 16-31 NZ: This game is turning into a cracker with huge physicality and the crowd going wild. New Zealand looked to be running away with it but Ireland are not giving up. Great strength and resilience!

19:02

Round up: ENG 97-0 USA, IRE 16-31 NZ, SCO 21-19 SAM

19:00

TRY IRELAND! : Dan Leavy scores in the corner! Ireland getting right back in this. Conversion missed. IRE 16-31 NZ

18:58

TRY SAMOA: Ezrah Amituanai bundles over and the try is converted by AJ Alatimu. Scotland 21-19 Samoa

18:55

TRY NZ: Epalahame Faiva scores after a beautifully worked lineout on the Irish five metre. Goes to Jordan Manihera then back to Faiva, and he is over in the corner. Very clever. IRE 11-31 NZ

18:51

Round up: England 76-0 USA, Ireland 11-26 NZ, Scotland 21-12 Samoa

18:48

TRY NZ: Lolagi Visinia gets the ball 20 metres out after quick hands along the line. NZ 26-11 Ireland, Thomas Farrell is still not back on the pitch after his yellow card at the end of the first half.

18:46

TRY NZ: Michael Collins gets the try for New Zealand in a tight space on the left, smashing through one tackle to go over. IRE 11-19 NZ

18:43

SAMOA 12-21 SCOTLAND:  Andrew Broomhall grabs a try at the stroke of half time. 

18:41

ENG 62-0 USA: Winger Ben Howards scores after a few phases through the backs and makes it 62-0. 

18:36

Australia coach Adrian Thompson ahead of his side's Pool B clash with Fiji: "We have improved over the last two games and we want to continue that and get into that pool and aim to improve our result from last year but we know the Fijians will be pretty tough so we will have to be on our guard. It is going to be physical and we have warned our blokes about that, the last thing we want to do is get lateral and sideways against them, we have got to be direct, take them on and match their physicality."

18:34

TRY Scotland: Damien Hoyland scores and Allan converts. Scotland 21-5 Samoa

18:33

Argentina captain Felipe Ezcurra, after losing to Wales: "I think that in the first half they were not superior, we made a lot of mistakes and they scored because of this, they scored from our mistakes."

18:30

TRY SCOTLAND: Tommy Allan scores to make it 14-5 after the conversion is good. Scotland with the upper hand in the game so far. 

18:29

HT: IRE 14-11 NZ. On the stroke of half time it's Ireland just behind and the second half won't be made easier because Thomas Farrell just got a yellow card. He will miss the beginning of the second half.

18:27

HT: England 48-0 USA. Dominant display. USA look outclassed and outpowered. 

18:25

Round up: - IRELAND 11-11 NZ, ENG 48-0 USA, SCO 7-5 SAM

18:21

TRY IRELAND: But just like that Thomas Farrell picks the ball up in his own half and storms away from the NZ defence to score! What a try! Ireland 11-11 NZ

18:19

TRY NZ: It's Patrick Tuipulotu with the score. Gets the ball on the Irish five metre line and is unstoppable from that range. Really strong stuff. Ireland 6-11 NZ

Pool C: Wales v Argentina
A Welsh ball carrier looks to go through the Argentine defense during the Pool C decider. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
18:18

Wales coach Danny Wilson after beating Argentina: "I think it was achieved with a huge amount of character, first half we played some good rugby and put ourselves in a good position. We dropped off that a little bit in the second half and then we had a series of injuries that left us really exposed, two second rows off the field which left our lineout very exposed, we didn't have any lineout jumpers so we were struggling to keep possession, but we did enough to hold on and the guys showed an enormous amount of character, defended very, very well and did enough to get the win. Hopefully if all our boys can recover we can gain good confidence moving forward to the semi-final."

18:16

TRY SAMOA & SCOTLAND: Melani Nanai scores and within seconds of the restart Jamie Farndale goes over for Scotland. It's Scotland 7-5 Samoa. 

18:12

TRY ENGLAND: Ollie Devoto is on the end of some nice passing from England, but the USA defence is lacking. Conversion from Will Hooley is missed. 41-0 to England.

18:09

IRE 6-6 NZ: Rory Scannell steps up again and slots another penalty. Still equal and very very physical. As expected? Can Ireland win? Tweet us using @irbjuniors 

18:08

SCO V SAM: Currently 0-0 with Samoa having missed two penalties already. Scrappy game so far.

18:07

NZ 6-3 IRE - Simon Hickey gets another penalty and puts New Zealand ahead. 20 minutes gone and it's still pretty tight. 

18:04

TRY England. Ross Moriarty with the score. It's 29-0 after just 20 minutes and England don't look like stopping here. 

18:02

IRE 3-3 NZ: Fly half Simon Hickey gets the penalty and New Zealand are back into the game. 

17:59

TRY England. Great run from Scott Spurling who side steps, jinks and makes his way all the way to the try line then offloads to Alex Day for his second on captain debut. England 24-0 USA

17:58

Ireland 3-0 NZ. Rory Scannell gets the penalty and outs Ireland ahead. Even match so far but Ireland holding their own.

17:54

TRY England. David Sisi picks off the back of the scrum and rumbles over. It's a dominant display already and USA look ragged. England 17-0 USA 

17:49

TRY England. Now it's Alex Day, the captain for the first time who has scored. England 10-0 USA

17:40

TRY England. They are off already, now it's 5-0 thanks to Henry Purdy. England 5-0 USA

17:37

Now for New Zealand v Ireland and England v USA. Who do you think will win?

17:31

Wales captain Ellis Jenkins, after beating Argentina: "There was quite a big wind, we used the wind really well and they did too and they came back in the second half but the lads held on and we are ecstatic with the win. The work rate from the boys was just outstanding and what a feeling to win the game like that. It will be another huge game in five days, whoever we get it is going to be a really hard game, really tough."

17:24

And that's game!!! Sam Davies kicks a final penalty to win 25-20. He got 20 of them so surely man of the match there. Great win for Wales who go through to the semi finals!! Congratulations Wales!!

17:21

TRY Argentina. It's Santiago Cordero, who smashes through Sam Davies and shrugs off tackles to go over. Fernandez takes the kick, and it's a beauty!! Uses the wind and it's over. Wales 22-20 Argentina!

17:14

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock, ahead of NZ match: "It is a bit of a blow (losing Tom Daly) but Rory Scannell is a fine young player, he has got plenty of experience in the Six Nations and I am sure he will do very well. Only four days to get ready, but we have done our homework and we have got a game plan in place so we are really looking forward to the game."

17:13

Wales 22-13 - And Sam Davies makes it 5 from 5. Great kicking. Argentina have 10 minutes, with 14 men, to get 9 points at least. Tough ask

17:12

YELLOW CARD ARGENTINA: High tackle by Petti Pagadizabal on Jordan Williams. Argentina down to 14 men with 10 minutes left. 

17:11

NZ coach Chris Boyd, ahead of Ireland match: "It has been good actually, with the short turnaround we haven't had a lot of opportunity to run but we have done a fair amount of analysis and a fair amount of organisation and I think we are where we need to be. I don't think it is going to be much tougher, neither side wants to go home, literally speaking it is a quarter-final for both sides really so we wouldn't expect anything less."

17:04

It's still Wales 19-13 Argentina. Remember you can get involved on Twitter using @irbjuniors. We have three games coming up shortly after this, with SCO v SAM (1900) ENG v USA (1845) and NZ v IRE (1845)

Pool C: Wales v Argentina
Pablo Matera, the Argentine captain who scored his side's first try against Wales. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
17:00

Wales 19-13 Argentina. Sam Davies again steps up and slots a penalty over. Crucial accuracy from the fly half. Trying to relieve the pressure they are under.

Keep Rugby Clean Day
Argentine players wear the Keep Rugby Clean tee-shirt to express their support for the IRB anti-doping campaign. Photo: Cristelle Glemet
16:56

Wales 16-13 Argentina. Patricio Fernandez is getting them back in this now, with a couple of penalties in this half. Wales under the cosh.

Poule C : Galles-Argentine
Wales full back Hallam Amos (left) celebrates his first-half try against Argentina on day three of the IRB Junior World Championship at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon. Photo: Martin Seras-Lima
Pool C: Wales v Argentina
Argentine captain Felipe Ezcurra tries to find a way in the Welsh in the Pool C decider. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima
16:50

Penalty Argentina. Patricio Fernandez scores a penalty and now it's Wales 16-10 Argentina. The pressure is on! 

16:47

TRY Argentina. Pablo Matera continues the pick and drive near to the Welsh try line and scores under the posts. Conversion is good. Wales 16-7 Argentina. Argentina looking very dangerous now!

16:46

USA will play ENG at 1845 (local time) and are arriving at the stadium in La Roche sur Yon

16:35

We are off again in the second half, can Argentina get back into it?

16:24

HALF TIME: Wales 16-0 Argentina. Sam Davies running the show here. He has scored 11 points so far in the half and his opposite number Patricio Fernandez has barely touched the ball. Obvious game plan here from the Welsh, win the collisions and breakdown, rush the defence. Put pressure on Argentina. It's working so far. What did you think? Let us know on Twitter, @irbjuniors

16:15

Penalty to Argentina. Wales' Sam Davies finds himself on the wrong side, but Patricio Fernandez misses! Fairly simple kick. Unlike him! He has 36 points so far in the tournament. 

16:11

DROP GOAL! Wales fly half Sam Davies gets in the pocket and slots a drop goal. Slick play there. Wales 16-0 Argentina. 

16:03

TRY WALES! What a score that is. Full back Hallam Amos attacks the Argentina defence and carves his way through. A great kick from Sam Davies makes it Wales 13-0 Argentina

16:03

And it's good! Wales 6-0 Argentina. Sam Davies slots a massive penalty with almost 20 minutes gone so far.

16:01

Still Wales 3-0 Argentina. Breakdown looking like a key area so far but very equal at the moment. Sam Davies now stepping up for another penalty....

15:52

Argentina putting some nice phases together and get up to the Welsh 22, but then give away a penalty. Wales looking strong at the breakdown, they obviously have targeted that as an area where this game can be won or lost today

15:47

That's Wales 3-0 Argentina. Nice kick from Davies. He has been on fire so far in the JWC

15:44

WAL v ARG: Penalty to Wales. Sam Davies steps up for the kick.....

15:43

Anthems are done and we are about to kick-off. What are your predictions? Can Wales beat Argentina? Let us know on Twitter using @irbjuniors

15:15

We are just 20 minutes away now from the start of match day three. How are you all doing? Excited? We are! Hold on for the Pool standings ahead of today's action.

14:44

A big welcome to all of you following our live blog today on match day three of this year's JWC. We have a huge day of rugby for you with the final Pool matches. There are still seven teams that can qualify for the semi finals. Remember you can follow us on Twitter using @irbjuniors and the hashtag #JWC2013

14:29

Wales manager Mark Taylor, ahead of their match with Argentina: "We are a bit nervous. It's a very big game against very tough opposition, so we know it’s going to be a very hard test. We are confident we have the ability but it’s all about delivering on the field today."

Want to get up to date with what's been going on here at the JWC? Check out our preview for match day three!
 
South Africa, New Zealand and Wales currently top the JWC 2013 pools but the battle for the semi-final places will be intense on Thursday.

 

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