Aussie U19's must get past NZ
April 3, 2004

Australia will need to defeat arch enemy New Zealand if they are to be any
hope of qualifying for the International Rugby Board Under 19 World
Championships (kick off 9.30pm AEST Sunday).

Only victory over New Zealand with a bonus point while denying their
trans-Tasman rivals a bonus point will be enough to see Australia into the
semi-finals.

The final standings combines all 12 teams from the four pools with the top
four advancing to the semi finals.

Australia have five points on the log and can only reach a maximum of 10.

New Zealand already have 10 points while England have 13 (after Ireland's
withdrawal gave them four points for the walkover) and South Africa and
France, who play each other, also have 10 points.

But the rules of the tournament are that if teams finish on the same amount
of points, the team that won the encounter between them will advance.

In this case Australia, should they score four tries and deny New Zealand a
bonus point, will finish above them in the standings and secure at least
fourth place.

Fullback Sam Satui returns in place of Tajohn Malaita while flanker Carlos
Blanco replaces the injured Martin Perkins, but will switch sides in the
backrow with captain Julian Salvi.

Perkins dislocated his shoulder during Australia's 33-23 loss to England and
was ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

He left the squad on Friday morning but will stay with his parents, who are
touring South Africa, for the remainder of the Championships.

Australia have an uphill battle to qualify for the semi-finals of the event
following a dramatic second half turnaround by England that saw the northern
hemisphere side score 27 unanswered points in half an hour.

"We just want to go out and win the game," Wisemantel said. "Our first goal
is to win and with 15 minutes to go if it looks like we might meet those
requirements we will get the message to them."

The coach also admitted that the he had seen a couple of key areas where New
Zealand might be weak, but he would not elaborate.

"We have identified some areas of their game that we believe we can attack,"
he said. "But our main focus is to make sure our boys play to the patterns
and systems which we want.

"They did some very good things in the first half against England, it was
one of the best halves of the tournament.

"But they tried to protect a lead after the break and only strung 10 phases
of play together in 30 minutes.

"It was a hard but valuable lesson they learned and as coaches we have tried
to pick them up for the next game.

"They were down but today we had our best training session both on attack
and defence and I think they are in the right frame of mind."

Australia: 15-Sam Satui, 14-Andrew Smith, 13-Anton Lavin, 12-Lloyd Johansson
(vc), 11-Digby Ioane, 10-Matthew Brandon, 9-Dominic Fuller; 8-Leroy Houston,
7-Carlos Blanco, 6-Julian Salvi (c), 5-Peter Kimlin, 4-James Horwill,
3-Aaron Tawera, 2-Geoff Abraham, 1-Pekahou Cowan. RESERVES: Demetrios Ainuu,
David Mapapalangi, Tatafu Nau, Lloyd Jones, Dylan Sigg, Daniel Wiseman,
Scott Daruda, Sean Fell, Alexander Peden, Tajohn Malaita.

New Zealand: 15-Luke Devcich; 14-Nick Blincoe, 13-Aaron Bancroft,12-Seminar
Tinera-Manu, 11-James Somerset, 10-William Ripia, 9-Taniela Moa; 8-Mikaele
Tuu'u, 7-Serge Lilo, 6-Kieran Read, 5-Michael Paterson, 4-Jeremy Thrush;
3-Travis Church, 2-Lance Po-Ching, 1-Jamie Mckintosh (capt).

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