New Zealand clinch IRB U19 World Championship crown
April 21, 2007

New Zealand have been crowned IRB Under 19 World Champions 2007, defeating South Africa 31-7 in the final at Ravenhill, Belfast.

Robert Fruean, Trent Renata and Kade Poki each scored tries in a devastating first-half performance, which gave New Zealand a 17-0 lead at the break.

If South Africa were hoping New Zealand would allow them back into the game in the second half, they were disappointed as their opponents continued their imperious march to the title.

Renata added a second try soon after half time before substitute Jackson Willison added another to extend New Zealand's lead to 31-0.

South Africa were determined to make their mark on the final and were rewarded for a long period of pressure inside the New Zealand 22 with a try for Yaasir Hartzenberg, to leave the final score 31-7 to New Zealand.

Defending champions Australia produced a remarkable second-half comeback to claim third place over Wales. Trailing 21-10 at the break, Andrew Barrett and Alfi Mafi scored the tries that saw Australia claw back to within one point with 12 minutes remaining. Jason Ryan added a conversion and a late penalty to seal a 25-21 victory.

France made it four wins out of five with a comprehensive 43-17 victory over England at Shaw's Bridge, securing fifth place in the process. France fly half Mathieu Belie scored 17 of his side's points, including a try after just three minutes.

Samoa claimed seventh place after an heroic second-half defensive performance against Argentina at Shaw's Bridge. Atenai Aii's try two minutes into the second half gave them a 13-8 cushion and they held out until four minutes from time, when Facundo Corimayo pulled Argentina to within a point.

Ignacio Poet Belmonte had the chance to edge Argentina ahead, but he was unable to kick the conversion as Samoa held on 13-12.

Ireland gave the home fans plenty to shout about at Ravenhill as they outclassed Scotland 34-0 to secure ninth place.

Henry Speight scored a hat trick of tries as Fiji defeated Japan 60-12 in the battle for 11th.

Chile claimed the John McCall Fair Play Award for their performances during the tournament. The award was presented to Chile captain Benjamin Del Solar by John McCall's parents, whose son tragically died during an IRB Under 19 World Championship match in 2004.

Division A - Final Play-Off Results:
11th Place Play-Off - Fiji 60-12 Japan
9th Place Play-Off - Scotland 0-34 Ireland
7th Place Play-Off - Argentina 12-13 Samoa
5th Place Play-Off - England 17-43 France
3rd Place Play-Off - Australia 25-21 Wales
Div A - Final - South Africa 7-31 New Zealand

Division A - Final Standings:
1. New Zealand
2. South Africa
3. Australia
4. Wales
5. France
6. England
7. Samoa
8. Argentina
9. Ireland
10. Scotland
11. Fiji
12. Japan

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