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Wednesday 10th June 18:30 GMT


It will quite a surprise if the Baby Blacks do not complete their qualification for the semi-finals on Wednesday at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, Viadana, when they meet Ireland Under 20s in their final Pool C qualifying fixture. Although the Irish have, like the Baby Blacks, a 100% winning record from their opening two fixtures, against Scotland and Argentina, they have been far less convincing than their southern hemisphere rivals, in securing those victories.

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After a tough first 15 minutes against the Scots, the New Zealand Under 20s youngsters dominated the match, and eventually ran out winners by 68-10, while the Irish scraped past the same opponents by just 24-20 in Round 2. Against Los Pumitas, the Irish needed a last gasp penalty goal, to sneak the match by 18-16. The irish failed to cross their opponents line, while the Argentines did manage one try. New Zealand also required a late penalty (three minutes from time) to secure their own 32-29 win against the unlucky South Americans. The Baby Blacks did however, record a try-scoring bonus point as well as the four points for the win.

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Trailing the Baby Blacks by two points, nothing but a win for the Irish will suffice if they want to get through to the semi-finals. Although it seems much more likely that they will be playing off for fifth to eighth position.

Posted: 13th June 2013


A winner takes all clash in Vannes sees New Zealand square off against Ireland in Group B. See live streaming from New Zealand Under 20s v Ireland U20 on your pc by joining The Baby Blacks ended the semifinal hopes of Trans-Tasman rivals Australia by beating those 14-10 in their last game. After Australia’s surprise loss to Ireland, the Baby Blacks were expected to walk all over them, but had to work hard for their win. The only try for the Baby Bocks came from flanker Joe Edwards after Fa'asiu Fuatai’s barnstorming run down the touchline had set him up.

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Ireland has the same number of points as the Baby Bocks and victory against the tournament favorites will see t hem seal an unexpected semifinal spot. They thrashed Fiji 51-3 in their last game, scoring six tries in the process. Victory for the Irish will relegate the Baby Blacks into the 5-8th place playoffs. There is an injury cloud over goal kicker Tom Daly, who scored crucial points with the boot against both Australia and Fiji before suffering a hand injury in the game against the latter. Will Ireland upset the Baby Bocks? See NZ v Ireland Under 20s Junior World Championship streaming and find out.

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