NZU20 lose to England in semis
allblacks.com 19 Jun 2013
It is the first time the four-time title-winning New Zealand side has not reached the World Championship Final. They will now prepare to play for bronze against 2012 champions South Africa, who were just beaten by Wales 18-17 in the first of the semifinals.
New Zealand started in the best possible way, when hooker Epalahame Faiva crossed for a five pointer in the 10th minute of the first half.
England struck back when openside flanker Matt Hankin scored a runaway try and this was followed up by a intercept try to right wing Anthony Watson. New Zealand first five-eighth Simon Hickey added a 48m penalty on the stroke of halftime; however New Zealand went to the halftime break behind on the scoreboard 20-8.
Penalties were exchanged early in the first half to keep the scoreboard moving for both teams.
New Zealand centre Jason Emery crossed for a try on the 60 minute mark after a twenty-phase attack. The conversion from the sideline was successful from replacement Jade Te Rure and this brought the New Zealand team to within five points of the lead with 15 minutes remaining. Another penalty from Te Rure with seven minutes remaining closed the gap to two points.
England crashed over for a try with five minutes to play and this was converted by Henry Slade. Slade added a final penalty to give England the victory 33 points to 21.
New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said he was proud of the team’s efforts.
“That was a tough match and I am proud of the way they kept themselves in the game. I know those boys will be hurting as we have a proud record in this tournament but I also know they will get up for their last match against South Africa.”
New Zealand Head Coach Chris Boyd said that the team gave themselves every opportunity to win the match but mistakes at crucial times were costly.
"We lacked accuracy in excution at times that cost us 14 points. In the end this was the difference between the two teams. The team is very disappointed with the outcome of the match. The boys now have desperate resolve to get up for the match against South Africa on Sunday."
New Zealand Under 20 team will now play South Africa in the playoff for third and fourth on Monday 24 June (1.15am NZT). England will play Wales in the final.
England 33 (Matt Hankin, Anthony Watson, Jack Clifford tries. Henry Slade 4 pen, 3 con) beat New Zealand 21 (Epalahame Faiva try. Simon Hickey 1 pen. Jade Te Rure 2 pen, 1 con)
England 20 - New Zealand 8