That's it for day two of the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand! 

  • South Africa too powerful for New Zealand with 33-24 win 
  • Italy hold on to stun Argentina 29-26 
  • Defending champions England overcome Australia 38-24
  • France remain unbeaten after 37-5 win over Fiji
  • Samoa delight their fans by beating Scotland 27-18
  • Ireland bounce back to beat Wales 35-21 

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South Africa take a giant step towards the semi finals with a dominant performance against hosts New Zealand. Captain Handre Pollard in tandem with mi field twins Jesse and Dan Kriel lead the way for South Africa. Tevita Li scored a hatrick but it proved to be little compensation. New Zealand 24-33 South Africa



South Africa secure bonus point after a fantastic finish in the corner from fullback Warrick Gelant. New Zealand 17-33 South Africa


Text book rugby from South Africa as they work it through their fowards to suck in the defence before spreading it wide for wing Lloyd Greef to score in the right hand corner. South Africa extend their lead to 26-17

JWC 2014: New Zealand v South Africa
Jesse Kriel of South Africa dives to score a try during the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.

South Africa put the pressure on at scrum time and it pays dividends as a tight head leads to an overlap which sees Jesse Kriel dance through and then pop the pass to his captain Handre Pollard who dove over for the try. New Zealand 17-21 South Africa

New Zealand score two powerful tries through wing Tevita Li but South Africa hit back with one of their own. Excellent kicking from both Captains Pollard and Hickeysees New Zealand ahead by just three points in a tight contest. New Zealand 17-14 South Africa 




Comentators have reported that South Africa's Jean Luc Du Preez  is up and talking and is just on his way to hospital as a precaution. His team have hit back with a well worked try, the Kriel twins involved with Jesse dotting down. Sccores tied at 14-14


He does it again, A beautiful flick on by McKenzie sets Tavita Li away down the left wing who beats five South African defenders to race away for a briliant solo try, his second of the match. New Zealand 14-6 South Africa 

JWC 2014: New Zealand v South Africa
Atunaisa Moli distributes the ball to the New Zealand back line as the South African defence closes in at the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.

A mistake in their own end from South Africa allowed New Zealand to capitalise. Damian McKenzie works the overlap and delivers the final pass to Tevita Li who scores the first try of the match. Conversion from out wide off the boot of Simon Hickey puts New Zealand in the lead 7-6


2/2 Handre Pollard extends South Africas' lead 6-0


South Africa strike first in this much anticipated match off the boot of captain Handre Pollard. New Zealand 0-3 South Africa


England coach Nick Walshe: “I would have liked us to get away but credit to Australia they kept coming back at us. I am really pleased with the result. We felt like we can improve, which you have to do when you’re in a tournament like this. There were periods we played well and times when we made a few mistakes. It is a good Australian team – so we have to be happy. We don’t have too many superstars in this team but we have a lot of players very close in ability.”


New Zealand coach Chris Boyd: “Looking at tonight South Africa are a quality side – they are big and physical with a very good set piece and territorial kicking so we are up for a big challenge. We will look to play a tempo game, play a game of space rather than contact and look to do that we will need to dominate for long periods of time.”


South Africa coach Dawie Theron: “The game tonight is THE game, we always knew that. This is a proper Test match. It will be about taking your opportunities, keeping your discipline and looking after the ball in the right areas. We intend to play our typical games, will use our forwards if we can and we intend to play the territory game if we are allowed to.”

Ireland turn the tables from the Six Nations to pick up their first win at JWC 2014 with Garry Ringrose scoring two of their four tries in Pukekohe. Final score Wales 21-35 Ireland



The defending champions put in a champion performance in an entertaining match from QBE Stadium. Australia threw everything they had at England but it was not enough as the champions' physicality was on full display driving them towards an impressive 38-24 victory

JWC 2014: England v Australia
Replacement back-rower James Chisolm leaves Australian defenders in his wake at the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.

A double for Nathan Earl comes off the back of a neatly smuggled offload from centre Nick Tompkins. Billy Burns continues his good form with the boot converting from out wide. England 38-24 Australia


Australia again hit straight back with a try of there own as Jake McIntyre goes straight through unchallenged to score making Australia the third team to hit 150 tries in JWC history (only NZL and RSA have more) England 31-24 Australia


First points of the second half come curtesy of flanker Gus Jones as the miss tackles again prove costly for England. Billy Burns slots another conversion from out wide to go 5/5 so far in the match. England 31-17 Australia.

Andrew Kellawayscored another double at either end of an England blitz whih saw them score 3 tries, two of them to send Australia in trailing only 24-17 at QBE Stadium. 



Australia celebrate the first of two first half tries to Andrew Kellaway in their Pool A match with England at QBE Stadium at the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.



His second double of the tournament Andrew Kellaway sells the dummy and scores through some aggressive running to hault England's momentum. The conversion is successful. England 24-17 Australia 


England bounce back after conceding the first try with three in quick succession, two of them for scrum half Henry Taylor. England 17-7 Australia


Italy coach Alessandro Troncon after win over Argentina: “I am very happy. I am  very proud of these guys. It was very difficult start with us, losing by 60 points in the first game (against England) and our players confidence was not good afterwards. The boys needed this, they played a great game of rugby and were mentally tough. We wanted to win this match and we stayed mentally tough. You can see at times these players don’t believe in themselves so a result like this is fantastic for the team. Our defence was good at the end – still lots to work on, especially around the offside – but they grew and showed the belief to win.”


Off the back of a powerful charge from number 8 and captain Jack O'Donoghue, Ireland go back to back through centre Garry Ringrose. Wales 0-14 Ireland

JWC 2014: Argentina v Italy
Italy celebrate their shock 29-26 victory over Argentina on Day 2 of the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.

Andrew Kellaway continues his try scoring form at JWC 2014 with number 3 in the corner as the english cover defence was left flat footed. England0-7 Australia


First try of the match sees Irish prop Rory Burke with a powerful surge to the line. Try converted Wales 0-7 Ireland

France record second victory of the tournament with an emphatic 37-5 victory over Fiji. The French side showcased their attacking flair cutting loose in the second half.



In front of former Italian national coach John Kirwan, Italy keep their discipline late and hold on for their first win against Argentina on the JWC stage. It was tight all the way through with the score changing hands many times before Italy captain Filippo Buscema sloted the important penalty to put his side ahead late. They still had to hang on after the hooter but when Argentina pushed a pass and knocked on Italy jumped for joy. Argentina 26-29 Italy 

JWC 2014: France v Fiji
Orisi Nawaqaliva is wrapped up by the French defence at the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.

Tight to call this one Argentina 26-26 Italy with ten minutes to go. Who will hold their nerve?


France go 7 pluss phases off the back of a break from first five Francois Bouvier and the pressure is rewarded through a try to centre Francois Fontaine. France 27-0 Fiji

Gabriele Di Giulio of Italy evades the desperate Argentinian defence to score a try at the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.



Italy tryed to run it from their own line but turned over possession and paid the price as Federico Gimenez flicked it up for Bautista Ezcurra to score in the corner. Italy reply almost instantly with a drop goal from captain Filippo Buscema to lead 23-20.


England coach Nick Walshe: “Looking forward to a massive challenge tonight. Australia were very impressive.Their scrum was great and they looked great right across the park. They were impressive against an Argentinian side that have traditionally preformed very well in these U20 champs. We have to be on top our game with many good players with Super 15 experience. We have to perform tonight – we are confident and have a lot of belief in our team so we are looking forward to bringing all of that tonight


Australian Coach Adrian Thompson: “The boys are feeling really good. They are excited, we have had a good look at England and we are ready to have a crack at the number one seed. On Monday we felt our set piece went well and we went some way to gaining back some credibility after the last couple of years. We have to defend well and get our set piece right and that will hopefully put us in a position to have a crack at England later in the game.”

JWC 2014: Argentina v Italy
Passion was evident for the Italian team during the national anthem ahead of their match with Argentina at the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.

A frantic end to the half sees France narrowly cling to their 8-0 lead despite some prolonged pressure from Fiji. Will the Six Nations Grand Slam champions be able to build on their performance in the second half?  


Quick thinking from half back Maicol Azzolini sees a quick lineout throw in spun wide for Lorenzo Maria Bruno to finish in the corner to see Italy hit the front just before half time. Argentina 13-17 Italy


Samoan captain Henry Stowers: “Well we didn't want to disappoint them. We've got a good crowd out here and we got good support so the boys wanted to put in a good performance for our Samoan family and also the school kids out here supporting us."

JWC 2014: Scotland v Samoa
Cameron Skelton powers through the Scottish defence at the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.

Halfback Thibault Daubagna stretches out in the corner after some sustained pressure from France. Video refferee awards the try as France take a 5-0 lead.


Italy hit back with a beautiflul set move off the scrum where slick hands result in fullback Gabriele Di Giulio scoring the first try of the match. Argentina 3-7 Italy 


First points of the match come off the boot of captain Patricio Fernandez. Argentina 3-0 Italy


Italy coach Alessandro Troncon: “The team is ready. The first game was a hard game. We are looking to find the right balance against Argentina this afternoon. They are a difficult team to play against. We feel if we can compete against them in the scrum and the lineout then we have a chance against them. This is the key.”


Samoa extended their halftime lead with two great tries. Scotland battled right to the end but came up slightly short against an extremely enthusiastic Samoan defence. Final score Scotland 18-27 Samoa


What a great pick up one handed by Talataina Mu who steps the cover defence and races away to score the 1300th try in JWC history. He converts his own try leaving Samoa needing just one more try to secure the bonus point but Scotland respons is instant Sam Pecquer races down the touch line to make it Scotland 13-24 Samoa 


The centres combine for Samoa Paul Ah Him pops it out of the tackle to the flying Nathaniel Apa, the nephew of legandary Michale Jones, who races away to score the first points of the second half. Converted by Talataina Mu. Scotland 8-17 Samoa 


Fiji coach Salimoni Ravouvo: “We were done up front (against Wales) so it’s given us something to work on. There were some positives, coming out of that game and learning for the next one. We've rectified what we can do for the game against France. The northern hemisphere teams have a good set piece, they are really dominating up there so we will try and do what we can do best on the day and hope for the best.”


Scotland finshed the half strongly with Farndale's try as they found the inevitable space with Samoa having two players in the sin bin but the Pacific Islanders hold a narrow 10-8 lead in Pukekohe.


That is Jamie Farndale's 10th try in JWC history which ties the record for the most tries by a single player currently held by New Zealand's Zac Guildford and Andrew Conway of Ireland. The wing dotted down off a cross field kick as Scotland capitalised on Samoa's two men in the bin. Scotland 8-10 Samoa 


Starting from a briliant cut out ball from a prop on halfway, went through 4-5 sets of hands offloading out of the tackle before Giovani Habel Kueffner has the strenght to reach out for the first try of the day. Converted by Wiliam Talataina Mu. Scotland 3-10 Samoa


First points of the day come curtesy of a Samoan penalty goal off the boot of first five William Talataina Mu. Scotland0-3 Samoa


Day 2 is underway! Challenge set by the Samoan haka, how will Scotland respond?


The highlight of day two at the Junior World Championship will be the Pool C encounter between South Africa and hosts New Zealand.

Scotland coach Sean Lineed: “It’s a real learning curve for our boys, it's quite a young team and a real tough pool, so this game today is going to be really intense. We played Samoa twice last year. It was my first year as coach last year and 1-1 so it was a pretty tough outing but we know what we are going to get from Samoa.”

New Zealand had to dig deep against Samoa as South Africa, Australia, England, Wales and France also won on day one.
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