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2017 Under-20 Competitions including Oceania & World U20s

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The sage

Vay Wilson (31)
And that surprises you? First game together, testing combinations. Playing in tough conditions.

What do you mean by driftwood?

Luckily it's not their first game of rugby. Maybe testing combinations, but for mine there were better in the competition (u20's).
Now we have one less competition game to test combinations. Big potential problem with the depth of the front row.

When will Australian rugby stop playing reputation and start playing form? Also stop playing people out of position! Both of these things can be so costly in test matches. Let hope another team isn't cruelled by these types of decisions.


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Happy to Chat

Nev Cottrell (35)
Luckily it's not their first game of rugby. Maybe testing combinations, but for mine there were better in the competition (u20's).
Now we have one less competition game to test combinations. Big potential problem with the depth of the front row.

When will Australian rugby stop playing reputation and start playing form? Also stop playing people out of position! Both of these things can be so costly in test matches. Let hope another team isn't cruelled by these types of decisions.


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Funny enough I think there are a few more reputations to come. Hope those reputations don't also come with attitude. Agree with you Sage it never worked last year, rather a TEAM of rugby players than a team of INDIVIDUALS.


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Thumper

Bob McCowan (2)
If that's the better players we are in strife. Players out of positions in the backs, pigs picked on a name and last years reputation. I really thought this coach was going to stick to his guns and pick on form. FAT chance. Seams he has a touch of Chieka about him and is sticking with his good old boys club. That said the boys put their hands up and did their best.
Number 9 played well. 12 hit some good lines. Scrum was strong. Back row was ordinary on ball, Scott Young put some good hits on and carried ok, Hewitt popped some nice pills in the second half, Number 7 was rubbish as far as a 7 goes played like a 6. Aussies need a hard on baller at 7 not a bean poll.
Any news on replacement 10?
Who are some players to come in and sort some of the scrappy play?
 

Brumby Runner

Jason Little (69)
That was just a diabolical game, and the cloven hoofed one was in the middle with the whistle. Must have been one of the most pedantic refereeing exhibitions for a long long time. Looked like every first phase was under advantage for either a dropped ball or a penalty, and after one or two phases later was brought back for the mistake/infringement. Some of the forward passes and penalties were only in his eyes imo.

From the players, both Johnson-Holmes and Scott-Young had strong games (must be the hyphen). Swain and Swinton added a touch of toughness when they came on. Was good to see the back of Jooste when he was replaced. Was one of the most ineffective games I've seen from any player. The two centres had some good touches but there should have been a whole lot more against that opposition.

Cron certainly has a lot of work on his hands to lift this side.
 

lightning rod

Chris McKivat (8)
Oh RM2 I am not sure The man gets to pick his troupe any more than you had to pack your own parachute
He didn't sound all pleased, not giving the team in the game played a pass mark
 

thebreakdown

Ted Fahey (11)
Pretty untidy display whether the weather was a factor. Not sure bout Jooste anymore, he should be up there being his 2nd year and having ACT 9 k


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Inside Shoulder

Nathan Sharpe (72)
NJ just looked disinterested; certainly not interested in taking a leading role himself. Just shipped the ball on all night.

He looked like that in his limited onfield time this year.
Whatever injuries he's picked up I think have spooked him: this is the problem with the lack of hard competition through the ages and such a short U20s season: You only find the true mettle of a player after they have been put on the pathway.
 

Breaks_Away

Sydney Middleton (9)
Rugby.com.au: Australia U20s blow away Samoa in rain

http://www.rugby.com.au/news//04/28/05/35/oceania-u20s-live-match-2

Australia have battled wind, rain and a physical Samoan side to get their Oceania U20s Championship campaign off on the right foot with a 43-20 victory at Bond University on Friday night.

The Australians scored seven tries to two but struggled at different times for cohesion and the pattern that head coach Simon Cron would like to see them play with at these titles.

They led 24-10 at the break and continued to work away in the second half to give the final scoreline.


Jayden Ngamanu made the most of the space he weas allowed against Samoa. Photo: ARU Media
It must be said that the Kiwis looked the much more impressive side on the first night of the championships in the earlier game v Fiji but the Aussies will be much better for the run in the often trying conditions.

Scrumhalf Ryan Lonergan did some good things and was rewarded with a try while loose head prop Harry Johnson-Holmes worked hard throughout the evening.

Angus Scott-Young was another in the middle of a lot of the good things that the Aussies were able to achieve in tough conditions.

RESULT

Oceania U20s Championship

Australia 43

Tries: Ramm, Ikatau, Lonergan, Johnson-Holmes, Scott-Young, Hewat, Maafu

Cons: Lonergan 4

Pens: 0

Samoa 20

Tries: 2

Pens: 2

Cons: 2

Table after Round One

1. New Zealand 5 (+60)

2. Australia 5 (+23)

3. Samoa 0 (-23)

4. Fiji 0 (-60)


TEAM

Australian U20s team to face Samoa U20s

1. Harry Johnson-Holmes, NSW U20s

2. Efi Maafu, Queensland U20s, NSW U20s

3. Harry Chapman, NSW U20s,

4. Harry Hockings, Queensland U20s,

5. Ryan McCauley, NSW U20s

6. Angus Scott-Young, Queensland U20s

7. Liam Wright, Queensland U20s

8. Reece Hewat, Queensland U20s

9. Ryan Lonergan, ACT U20s,

10. Nick Jooste, ACT U20s

11. James Ramm, NSW U20s

12. Tony Hunt, Queensland U20s

13. Len Ikatau, ACT U20s

14. Dylan Riley, Queensland U20s

15. Jayden Ngamanu, Queensland U20s

Reserves

16. Tom Horton, NSW U20s

17. Sama Malolo, Western Force U20s

18. Vaauli Faaumusili, Melbourne Rebels U20s

19. Lachlan Swinton, NSW U20s

20. Darcy Swain, ACT U20s

21. Theo Strang, NSW U20s

22. Jack McGregor, Melbourne Rebels U20s

23. Clay Uyen, Western Force U20s


COMING UP

2017 Oceania Rugby U20s Championship
Round 2, Tuesday May 2

New Zealand vs Samoa, 3pm AEST

Australia vs Fiji, 5pm AEST

Round 3, Saturday May 6

Samoa vs Fiji, 5pm AEST

Australia vs New Zealand, 7pm AEST


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SamoanNo8

Fred Wood (13)
Liam Wright is a great player, but doesn't cut it as a 7. Has always been more of a 6. As mentioned above, we need a breakdown specialist. Fraser McReight or Connor Moroney from QLD have that turnover ability.
 

The sage

Vay Wilson (31)
Liam Wright is a great player, but doesn't cut it as a 7. Has always been more of a 6. As mentioned above, we need a breakdown specialist. Fraser McReight or Connor Moroney from QLD have that turnover ability.

True that, but Fraser too young and Connor too old.


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thebreakdown

Ted Fahey (11)
Backs didn't really get many opportunities to show their potential, maybe new combinations, bit optimistic bout selections against Fiji. Probably give the bench a start and rest some for Saturday. Fullback showed some speed taking the ball forward. Hope the backs get some good ball against Fiji. See if there's a spot for them to JWC.


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HJ Nelson

Trevor Allan (34)
Staff member
Australia U20s team to face Fiji
1. Harry Johnson-Holmes, NSW Gen Blue U20s, Sydney University
2. Efi Maafu, Queensland U20s, Wests
3. Harry Chapman, NSW Gen Blue U20s, Randwick
4. Lachlan Swinton, NSW Gen Blue U20s, Sydney University
5. Darcy Swain, Brumbies U20s, Tugerranong Vikings
6. Angus Scott-Young (vc), Queensland U20s, University of Queensland
7. Angus Allen, Brumbies U20s, Wests
8. Reece Hewat (c), Queensland U20s, Norths
9. Harry Nucifora, Queensland U20s, Bond University
10. Nick Jooste (vc), Brumbies U20s, Wests
11. Jayden Ngamanu, Queensland U20s, Souths
12. Tony Hunt, Queensland U20s, University of Queensland
13. Dylan Riley, Queensland U20s, Bond University
14. Clay Uyen, Western Force U20s, University of WA
15. Semisi Tupou, Melbourne Rebels U20s, Box Hill
Reserves
16. Sama Malolo, Western Force U20s, Wests Scarborough
17. David Puchert, Port Macquarie Pirates
18. Vaauli Faamausili, Melbourne Rebels U20s, Moorabbin
19. Angus Blyth, Queensland U20s, Bond University
20.Liam Wright, Queensland U20s, Easts
21. Ryan Lonergan, Brumbies U20s, Tugerranong Vikings
22. Theo Strang, NSW Gen Blue U20s, Sydney University
23. Len Ikatau, Brumbies U20s, Tugerranong Vikings

http://www.rugby.com.au/news/2017/05/01/08/21/cron-names-team-for-fiji-clash
 

Happy to Chat

Nev Cottrell (35)
A better looking backline attack. Hope we can get the ball moving and open up the defense a little more than we did against Samoa.


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Phantom

Frank Nicholson (4)
Couple of good changes in that side for no other reason than to see a different style of rugby ie, Swinton, Swain a good hard working rugged second row. Allen coming into the backrow makes it a very aggressive and certainly abrasive trio, it will be a competition between the to Angus's to see who pulls off the biggest hit.
Good to see the centre combination as it should be. If Jooste takes it to the line a bit to commit the defence it should provide a bit of time and space for the robust centre pairing to bust some gaps and unleash the speed men out wide.
Looks to be a better balanced side. Good luck boys.
 

Brumby Runner

Jason Little (69)
Can only think now that Jooste must have been playing to instructions against Samoa. If so, I have some real doubts about the quality of those instructions, and it would seem out of character for Cron after his standout attacking season with Norths last year.
 

Getwithme

Cyril Towers (30)
Interested at the selection of Riley at 13 given he's such a good player. I would've thought he was more likely to end up a starter on the wing when Perese comes back in so was hoping he could get some game time there to try claim that starting wing spot come georgia (as he has mostly played 13 and a little bit of schoolboy rep on the wing?).

I thought Ikatau was really good the other night too, I think he's electric.
 
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