Italy U19s crowned Division B champions
April 20, 2007

Italy U19s claimed the IRB Under 19 World Championship Division B title with a 22-3 victory over Canada U19s at Shaw's Bridge in Belfast on Friday night.

Italy captain Alberto Chiesa got his side off to the perfect start with a try after 10 minutes, Riccardo Bocchino adding the conversion to put Italy ahead 7-0.

Nathan Hirayama pulled three points back for Canada with a penalty after 15 minutes, but Bocchino restored the seven-point lead with a penalty before half time.

Francesco Fiorani and Luca Martinelli scored second-half tries for Italy to
confirm first place in Division B.

USA completed a highly successful campaign by claiming third place with a 24-5 victory over Georgia at Gibson Park, Bangor. Full back Hamish Roberts scored 14 of USA's points, taking his tournament tally to 39.

Tonga and Uruguay enjoyed a titanic battle for fifth at Queen's Belfast, which the Pacific islanders eventually won 24-15. Tonga were 12-10 ahead at half time, but Edgardo Benitez's try edged Uruguay 15-12 ahead 15 minutes into the second half. Salesi Sete scored Tonga's third try sevens minutes from full time to retake the lead, before Tone Tukufuka added another late on to secure fifth place for Tonga.

Rangarirai Zembe scored two tries for Zimbabwe in the first half of their seventh place play-off against Chile at Gibson Park, Malone, helping his side to a 12-3 half-time lead. Centre Francisco Gonzalez, who scored all of Chile's points, responded with a try in the second half, but Zimbabwe hung on to win 12-10.

Romania recorded their second successive tournament victory, this time 20-10 over Russia at Queen's Belfast, to secure ninth place overall.

Chinese Taipei scored three first-half tries against Cook Islands in the battle for 11th place at Gibson Park, Malone. Roney Maui did pull one back for Cook Islands midway through the second half, but it was not enough as Chinese Taipei recorded a 29-10 victory.

Division B - Play-off Results:

Final - Canada 3-22 Italy
3rd Place Play-Off - Georgia 5-24 USA
5th Place Play-Off- Uruguay 15-24 Tonga
7th Place Play-Off - Chile 10-12 Zimbabwe
9th Place Play-Off - Romania 20-10 Russia
11th Place Play-Off - Chinese Taipei 29-10 Cook Islands

Division B - Final Placing:

1 Italy
2 Canada
4 Georgia
5 Tonga
6 Uruguay
7 Zimbabwe
8 Chile
9 Romania
10 Russia
11 Chinese Taipei
12 Cook Islands

Division A - Play-off Fixtures (21/04/07):

Final - South Africa v New Zealand (19.30, Ravenhill, Belfast)
3rd Place Play-Off - Australia v Wales (17.30, Ravenhill, Belfast)
5th Place Play-Off - England v France (15.30, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast)
7th Place Play-Off - Argentina v Samoa (13.30, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast)
9th Place Play-Off - Scotland v Ireland (15.00, Ravenhill, Belfast)
11th Place Play-Off - Fiji v Japan (15.30, Belfast Harlequins, Belfast)

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