Race for U19 crown down to final four
April 13, 2007

New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Wales have qualified for the semi finals after the third day of action in Division A of the IRB Under 19 World Championship 2007.

Ireland's dream of winning the IRB Under 19 World Championship crown is over after they lost 31-5 to South Africa in front of 10,000 supporters at Ravenhill, Belfast.

South Africa produced a clinical display of forward power to secure a bonus point by scoring five tries and with it a place in the semi finals.

Earlier, New Zealand outclassed England 34-13 at Ravenhill to finish top of Division A. The result means England can finish fifth at best.

Defending champions Australia produced a powerful second-half performance against France to secure their semi final place with a 30-11 win. France can now finish no higher than fifth.

The surprise team in the top four is Wales, who enjoyed a 29-0 victory over Argentina.

Samoa recorded their first win of the tournament, defeating Japan 28-12 at Belfast Harlequins. Fiji recorded a shock 25-23 victory over Scotland at Shaw's Bridge.

Division A fixtures on 17 April:

17:30 (10 v 11) Fiji v Scotland - Belfast Harlequins
19:30 (9 v 12) Ireland v Japan - Shaw's Bridge
17:30 (6 v 7) England v Argentina - Shaw's Bridge
19:30 (5 v 8) France v Samoa - Belfast Harlequins
17:30 (SEMI 1 - 2ND v 3RD) Australia v South Africa - Ravenhill
19:30 (SEMI 2 - 1ST v 4TH) New Zealand v Wales - Ravenhill

There will be three matches played at Ravenhill on finals day on Saturday 21 April; Ireland's final match (15:00), the third place play-off (17:30) and the IRB Under 19 World Championship final (19:30).

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