IRB Junior World Championship 2010
Record-setting Baby Blacks take JWC crown
June 22, 2010
Tyler Bleyendaal hoists the trophy aloft after scoring 28 points in an hour
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New Zealand won their fifteenth straight game since the inception of the IRB Junior World Championship and scored their 100th try of the 2010 tournament to blow away Australia 62-17 in the final in Rosario on Monday.
Baby Blacks hooker Liam Coltman scored in the first minute to set the tone of New Zealand's third consecutive final victory, maintaining their status as the only side to have lifted the trophy since it began in 2008.
Captain and fly-half Tyler Bleyendaal was among the stars for the champions after landing an unprecedented haul of 28 points in a final in his 64 minutes on the field, while setting up plenty of the touchdowns he converted in the emphatic seven-tries-to-two victory.
Wing Telusa Veainu bagged a hat-trick including a late double in a points-filled second half, after the Australians were still clinging to life at 25-3 down at the break. But New Zealand's superiority in every department continued until the final whistle, handing them their biggest win yet in the short history of the competition.
Bleyendaal hailed his side's quick ball as the reason they were able to be so devastating in attack. "It was important to put Australia on the back foot because they're a great attacking team and you know momentum wins games and we've been guilty of letting teams off. Today we definitely focused on [putting our] foot on the throat and we did that and we just kept scoring points, it was just a great performance.
"Getting quick ball [was the key to our win], it's just so hard to defend, we were in behind the defence the whole game and it just all clicked today and that's what we were looking for. You can never expect a final to blow out like that. We're a great team and if we put it on the park, it was possible and today we wanted it to happen. I'm just stoked."
Coach Dave Rennie echoed his skipper's delight that his side had belied their inexperience to perform at their peak at the perfect moment. "It was pretty close [to the perfect performance] wasn't it? You know we certainly felt that the boys had a lot more left in the tank. Our first half we were very accurate and immediately after half time we scored a couple of quick tries and the game was over really. Aussie are a very good side but they've had a pretty tough run in. They had to play South Africa, then England and then us so maybe they ran out of steam a little bit.
"I must admit prior to coming here we weren't sure how they'd measure up but again they've grown quickly in this environment and when you play a final you need key players to stand up and we had a lot of boys that really fronted tonight."
Australia captain David Nucifora said the Baby Blacks had dominated his Young Wallabies in every facet of the game but that the result would provide them with a valuable lesson of the future. "They were far too good for us tonight and they played some really good rugby, just one game too many for us I think in the tournament. Disappointing to finish on such a note after the boys have achieved so many good things but it's the way it goes I suppose.
"I think New Zealand started as we anticipated they would, we just didn't have the ability to match it with them up front and then you know you can't play big games like that playing catch up footy and it just blew out on us and everything they did stuck and everything we did came unstuck. This whole tournament is about learning things and our boys learnt a lot tonight, learnt a lot through the whole tournament and we've got a lot of young boys that will be back next year so I hope they remember the lesson."
South Africa matched their achievements in the two previous Championships by finishing in third place with a 27-22 defeat of England also in Rosario. A five-try haul helped France overcome a spirited Argentina 37-23 on the final day at the Estadio CA Colon in Santa Fe to finish fifth.
Morgan Allen's brace in the second half ensured that Wales finished on a positive note with a 39-15 victory over Fiji in their seventh place play-off at the same venue. A hat trick by Andrew Conway ensured Ireland finished ninth by overwhelming Scotland 53-23 at the Club Atletico Estudiantes in Paraná.
Tonga safeguarded their place in next year's IRB Junior World Championship by overcoming an enthusiastic Samoan side 23-3 in the 11th place play-off.