South Africa lift Under 19 title
April 17, 2005

South Africa took their chances and defended like demons to claim the IRB Under 19 World Championship crown for 2005 with a 20-15 victory over New Zealand.

South Africa's Petrus Vermeulen scored the first try and although New Zealand were always in the hunt with the livewire winger Lance MacDonald prominent, they were unable to turn their possession and territory into the points that would see them bridge the points gap.

In the third place play-off, Australia and England produced a full-blooded and open encounter that occasionally threatened to boil over, before Australia emerged victorious 29-21.

England captain Jordan Crane scored the first try of the game early on, but Australia full back, Tajhon Malaita - a classy operator throughout - soon responded and from that moment on England were always playing a fruitless game of catch-up.

France and Ireland won Six Nations bragging rights, with wins over Wales and Scotland respectively, and Romania completed a highly successful tournament with a 21-13 victory over Argentina.

Japan retained their status in Division A next year by seeing off Georgia 24-0. The defeat means Georgia will play in Division B of the IRB U19 World Championship 2006.

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