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NZ Under 21 beaten in semi-final

Sportal.co.nz     22 Jun 2006

South Africa was the top qualifier for the semi-finals and met the New Zealand team which finished fourth, at Parc des Sports Marcel in Michelin.

South Africa scored first when wing Cedric Mkhize crossed for a try 14 minutes into the first half.

First five-eighths Isma-eel Dollie kicked the conversion and then landed a penalty goal after 23 minutes.

New Zealand replied when lock Ryan Wilson touched down three minutes later. Second five-eighths Stephen Brett converted the try. Dollie landed another penalty goal in the 30th minute and Brett replied two minutes later.

But then almost from the re-start New Zealand fullback George Pisi scored and Brett added the conversion. New Zealand led 17-13 at the break.

Brett opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty goal after two minutes. Dollie added his third five minutes into the half. Brett added another penalty goal nine minutes into the half, but then South Africa's blindside flanker Keenan Daniel helped give his side the lead when scoring after 53 minutes.

Dollie converted and South Africa took a hold on the game when lock Wilhelm Steenkamp crossed after 58 minutes. Replacement Scott Spedding took over the kicking roles for South Africa to land the conversion, and followed that in the 71st minute with a penalty goal.

South Africa added to the pain for New Zealand when openside flanker Pierre Spies cross after 86 minutes of playing time with Spedding adding another conversion.

South Africa will meet France in the final after it beat Australia 32-17.

Scorers: South Africa Under-21 40 (Cedric Mkhize, Keegan Daniel, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Pierre Spies tries; Isma-eel Dollie 2 con, 3 pen; Scott Spedding 2 con, pen) New Zealand Under-21 23 (Ryan Wilson, George Pisi tries; Stephen Brett 2 con, 3 pen)