ENGLAND 21-20 BABY BOKS
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England, the 2014 JWC winners - IRB Juniors
Handré Pollard receives his IRB Junior Player of the Year award from All Black legend Jonah Lomu... - IRB Juniors
CONSOLATION FOR SOUTH AFRICA!
His team may not have won, but Baby Bok captain Handré Pollard was named IRB Junior Player of the Year!
Hardluck BabyBoks!!Congrats England,still proud of our boys,keep the heads,many of those boys will be FutureBoks, superb effort England! - Breyton Paulse
England pack laid the foundation. Their scrum was huge. Their loosies strong. And like most finals, they won because they made least mistakes - Brenden Nel
FULL-TIME: England 21-20 South Africa
Hard luck to the Baby Boks. England simply made better use of their chances. Too many mistakes at crucial times cost South Africa, who lacked composure at key stages in this game.
England successfully defend their Junior World Championship title.
80' - It's a strong last scrum by South Africa, but England manage to clear it to Burns who kicks it deep into the stands to end the game...
79' - England win a scrum with 30 seconds left. This looks like it will be agony for South African fans here today...
79' - One minute left and the England forwards still have the ball. Can they hold on?
77' - England doing well to control the ball in a driving maul as they try to run down the clock.
76' - South Africa trying to run it out from inside their own half, but a poor pass from Pollard puts Dan Kriel under pressure. Pollard is then force to kick for touch...
Time running out for South Africa.
75' - A scrum penalty to England gives them the opportunity to get out their own half with only 5 minutes left...
Jessie Kriel over for his second try... - The Rugby Championship
71' - Pollard attempts a drop kick but it's just away to the right... Oh-so-close!
He had no other option as the England defence was pushing the Baby Boks backwards and outside the 22m area...
69' - After a strong scrum by England, the Baby Boks clear, but Dan Kriel knocks it on to bring relief for England...
However, they can't clear too far and South Africa remain in the red zone...
If the Bulls had any sense they'd play Kriel in the Currie Cup this year. Any sense at all... - Brenden Nel
67' - South Africa with their tails up now as they launch an attack into the red zone. They get an attacking scrum about 7 metres out!
65' - Out of nowhere, the Baby Boks are back in this game!
64' - Pollard slots the tough CONVERSION.
England 21-20 SA
63' - TRY! Jessie Kriel scores his second try. It was started after South Africa launched an attack from a scrum inside their own half. Some great hands by the SA backs and a strong run by replacement Duhan van der Merwe, before he put Kriel away.
62' - Pierre Schoeman is now on at prop for the Baby Boks, with Thomas du Toit off.
61' - Luckily for South Africa, Burns pulls his penalty attempt to the left...
60' - Another kickable penalty to England as the Baby Boks are caught off-side just outside their own 22m area.
It all started when England intercepted a South African pass before launching a counter-attack up-field...
58' - England starting to look real good in the scrums now... #ominoussigns
Clearly the plan is for usual spectacular switch-on in last 10 by Baby Boks ... - Rob Houwing
54' - It's all England now as they surge back up into South African territory...
53' - Duhan van der Merwe has replaced inside centre André Esterhuizen for South Africa.
52' - CONVERSION by Burns.
England 21-13 SA
51' - TRY! England score after a dominant rolling maul. Replacement Joel Conlon the man who gets up with the ball at the back.
50' - Some strong running by the England backs puts them back in the red zone, but good scrambling defence from South Africa keeps them out.
48' - England lose possession at the following lineout. Why they didn't kick for posts there is beyond me...
Baby Boks off the hook! For now...
48' - Joseph Dweba is on at hooker for the Baby Boks, with Corniel Els off with a bad knee injury.
48' - England now get the chance to stretch their lead when a South African player fails to roll away in a tackle. It's close to the touchline and they opt for a lineout instead...
This is a tight final. I would rather kick the three points.
45' - Big loose forward Jean Luc Du Preez is now on for the Baby Boks.
45' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard.
England 14-13 SA
44' - The Baby Boks hit right back after some great interchangeable running between Petersen and Gelant down the touchline. South Africa then win a penalty close to the touchline...
England U20s showed real character at the end of that half - has the momentum swung? - England Rugby
43' - PENALTY slotted by Burns.
England 14-10 SA
42' - England win a penalty right next to the uprights. Easy three-pointer coming up...
41' - A good start by South Africa as they win the ball from the kick-off but a knock on puts them under pressure again. Too many errors from the Baby Boks today...
40' - Pollard starts play...
10:27 - Welcome back for the second period.
Proper fight by the English! #BabyBoks the better team but that means nothing in a Final. I'm too nervous to watch the 2nd half - AB de Villiers
HALF-TIME: England 11-10 South Africa.
The Baby Boks will wonder exactly how they find themselves behind at the break.
England have made a whole heap of errors, struggled in the set pieces, but have crucially taken the chances afforded to them...
40' - Billy Burns' conversion from the corner is away to the left...
39' - TRY! England wing Nathan Earle goes over in the corner. It came after a bustling run from strong centre Nick Tompkins in midfield. Poor defence by the South African backs...
38' - Pollard is penalised for tackling England scrumhalf Henry Taylor in the air. Very dangerous from Pollard... I've seen worse yellow cards given before...
37' - PENALTY slotted by Morris. What an amazing kick at sea level!
England 6-10 SA
35' - Wow this is interesting, England fullback Aaron Morris is attempting a 55m penalty attempt... Will he have the legs?
33' - Unfortunately the Baby Boks lose possession and England launch a strong counter attack up-field, but some good cover by SA fullback Warrick Gelant brings relief...
The England lineout is under immense pressure... - Blitzbokke.com
32' - Another lineout steal by South Africa. This is close to the England tryline. Time to attack...
JB hooker (Corniel Els) been awesome thus far, playing his best game today - Nelio de Sa
27' - The Baby Boks steal another England lineout! I'm counting 3 now. Worrying set-piece signs for the Poms...
26' - Another stolen lineout puts the Baby Boks back into the England 22m area... However, when they swing it wide left wing Sergeal Petersen puts boot to ball and England regain possession...
25' - But a poor lineout from England means the Baby Boks are off the hook...
25' - My praise of Pollard is backfiring. He now kicks out directly to put his team under pressure just outside their own 22m area...
23' - Just as I praise him, Pollard attempts a drop kick off his left boot, but it's just way to the left...
22' - Pollard's calmness under pressure is evident here today. Don't be too surprised to see him in the senior Springbok jersey later this year...
19' - CONVERSION by Pollard.
England 3-10 SA
18' - TRY! Baby Bok outside centre Jessie Kriel scores the first try. He followed up on a brilliant chip-kick from Pollard over the England defence.
That try came after England tried to run it out from inside their own 22m area, only to lose possession.
Spot the Ball! - Blitzbokke.com
16' - PENALTY slotted by England No 10 Billy Burns.
England 3-3 SA
15' - Kickable penalty to England as the Baby Boks are this time caught off-side.
Billy Burns has a relatively easy kick...
14' - Oh dear, Smith is having a nightmare. He drops the ensuing kick-off cold...
It gives England an attacking chance to hit right back.
14' - PENALTY slotted by the Bulls pivot.
England 0-3 SA
13' - England caught off-side right in front of their own goalposts. Easy three-pointer for Pollard coming up...
- Pollard guilty of failing to find touch off a penalty. Nervy start by South Africa...
However, the net result isn't too bad for SA, as the England fullback makes a poor clearing kick.
9' - Smith knocks the ball on at the base of the scrum which scuppers a great attacking chance for South Africa. The SA scrumhalf is having a torrid start to this final...
JB 9 way to slow, pass from rucks slow and time to kick he takes forever, at test level u gotta pick up the speed - Nelio de Sa
7' - First attacking chance for SA inside the England 22m area. Good defence from England though, but the referee blows for a South African scrum...
4' - AGAIN, SA scrumhalf JP Smith's kick is charged down close to his own 22m line, but luckily for him the referee goes back for a penalty advantage. Smith should watch out though. His tactical kicking is not looking too sharp...
2' - England penalised for not pushing straight. First set piece battle won by the Baby Boks.
1' - The first scrum of the game is untidy and has to be set again. It's a South African throw in close to their own line...
0' - Baby Boks immediately under pressure when scrumhalf JP Smith's kick is charged down. But the South Africans recover...
9:35 - England flyhalf Billy Burns gets play started...
9:34 - Tremendous passion from both teams during the anthems. Definitely more South Africans in the crowd...
9:31 - The teams are out on the field and ready for the national anthems!
Champions & runners-up spoils - Blitzbokke.com
This is what it's all about. The #JWC2014 trophy, out on Eden Park - IRB Juniors
RESULTS SO FAR TODAY:
3rd Place playoff: Ireland 23-45 New Zealand
5th Place playoff: France 27-34 Australia
7th Place playoff: Wales 20-3 Samoa
9th Place playoff: Argentina 41-21 Scotland
11th Place playoff: Fiji 17-22 Italy (Fiji relegated to JWRT 2015)
The final will be the 230th match in JWC history. Also, 30 players have scored a try in a JWC final to date. Who will be next? - IRB Juniors
9:07 - PICTURE
The English and South African kickers warm up on Eden Park ahead of the #JWC2014 final - IRB Juniors
9:03 - PICTURE
Can't wait to run out at Eden Park against South Africa in the final of the JWC! - England prop Danny Hobbs Awoyemi
8:57 - As is always the case in a final, set pieces will be key. And the Baby Boks have been good in the scrums and the lineouts in this tournament.
Their captain, Handré Pollard, highlighted the importance of these facets ahead of today's game (kick-off 09:35 SA time).
"I know how 2012 was won. We had 17 lineouts and we won all 17 of them. It is something you can't go without in a final, the set piece," Pollard said earlier this week.
"The conversion rate is also crucial. You have to get down there and get points, whether it is three, five or seven - just get points whenever you go down to the opposition's half."
8:51 - THIRD PLACE GOES TO NEW ZEALAND
The Baby Blacks have just beaten Ireland 45-23 in the third-place playoff game at Eden Park.
It won't be much consolation to them though. They would have hated losing twice to South Africa...
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Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Matt O'Brien (Australia), Joaquin Montes (Uruguay)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
2013: South Africa won 31-24
2012: South Africa won 28-15
2011: England won 26-20
2010: South Africa won 27-22
2009: England won 40-21
2008: England won 26-18
15 Aaron Morris, 14 Howard Packman, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Henry Taylor, 8 James Chisholm, 7 Gus Jones, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Maro Itoje (captain), 3 Paul Hill, 2 Tom Woolstencroft, 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi
Substitutes: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Alex Lundberg, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 20 Joel Conlon, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Henry Purdy
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Dan Kriel, 13 Jessie Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Handré Pollard (captain), 9 JP Smith, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Nico Janse van Rensburg, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Thomas du Toit
Substitutes:16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Victor Sekekete, 20 Jean Luc du Preez, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Jean Luc du Preez, 23 Duhan van der Merwe
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