Baby Blacks un­stop­pable


An un­stop­pable Baby Blacks side has crushed Eng­land 64-17 in a record-break­ing fi­nal of the World Rugby Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onship in Tbil­isi at the week­end.

Pow­er­ful hooker Asafo Au­mua led the way with a hat-trick of tries as New Zealand crossed the line 10 times in the rout, which was the most scored by any team in an un­der-20 fi­nal.

The game was ef­fec­tively over at half­time as New Zealand raced out to an early 40-7 lead, with Dal­ton Pa­pali’i and Pouri RaketeS­tones kick­ing things off by scor­ing in­side the open­ing 10 minute against an Eng­land team cap­tained by Zach Mercer, son of for­mer Ki­wis rugby league in­ter­na­tional Gary Mercer.

The Baby Blacks con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate with their strong ball run­ners run­ning riot through the English de­fence, even­tu­ally chalk­ing up the big­gest score­line for a fi­nal in the com­pe­ti­tion’s 10-year his­tory.

Cap­tain Luke Ja­cob­son, who iced the vic­tory with his sec­ond try of the game right be­fore full­time, was able to match the achieve­ment of his older brother Mitchell from two years ago by win­ning the tour­na­ment.

‘‘It feels amaz­ing, it’s been our goal for a long time - you feel it in­side,’’ Ja­cob­son said at full­time.

‘‘We’ve had a dis­cus­sion in the team about keep­ing the chat up and stay­ing re­ally pos­i­tive. We just kept work­ing re­ally hard and played some good fi­nals footy.’’


New Zealand first five-eighth Stephen Pero­feta dances his way through the Eng­land de­fence.

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