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'On This Day' - Rugby in Isolation - Week 7

Continuing the 'On This Day' Youtube series. Best viewed at 4K resolution on your TV, computer or mobile device (if possible)

On This Day: 4th May 2019 - Oceania U20s



  • It's my 1000th post, and we're celebrating

  • What better way to celebrate than a flashback to one of the best games of 2019.

  • The final round of the 2019 Oceania U20 Championship games at Bond University, Fiji v Japan followed by Australia v New Zealand for the trophy.

  • Australia had only defeated New Zealand once before (2016) since the Oceania U20s Championship started in 2014, but had never won the Championship title.

  • Australia started strongly, and went into half time leading 12-0 with 4 penalties from the boot of Will Harrison.

  • The home team continued to dominate in the second half, and tries to Triston Reilly and Captain Fraser McReight wrapped up a historic victory.

  • The Junior Wallabies backed up their good form at the Junior World Cup later in the year, making the Cup final, only to losing by a point to the defending Champions, France.

  • In the earlier game, Japan and Fiji played a highly entertaining game, with Fiji with a strong fightback for the win

Final scores:

  • Australia 24 defeated New Zealand 0

  • Fiji 59 defeated Japan 37

On This Day: 5th May 2015 - Oceania U20s

  • 2015 Oceania U20 Round 2 games at Bond University, New Zealand v Samoa followed by Australia v Japan

  • Samoa tested the Junior All Blacks, but two tries 2 Dillon Hunt, as well as tries to Anton Liernert-Brown and Wes Goosen saw the Kiwis home.

  • Australia survived a scare from Japan, and only sealed the game in the last 10 minutes. Lukhan Saiakao-Loto scored 2 tries, with Harry Nucifora, Jack Reddan and Alex Newsome also scoring.

Final scores:

  • Australia 47 defeated Japan 31

  • New Zealand 36 defeated Samoa 14

On This Day: 6th May 2017 - Oceania U20s

  • 2017 Oceania U20 Round 3 at Bond University, with Fiji v Samoa, followed by Australia v New Zealand.

  • No celebrations for the Aussies here, with New Zealand being too strong, winning their 3rd consecutive title.

  • For New Zealand Luke Jacobson and Will Jordan scored 2 tries each. For Australia Harry Nucifora was the sole points scorer, with 2 penalty goals.

Final scores:

  • New Zealand 43 defeated Australia 6

  • Samoa 39 defeated Fiji 29

On This Day: 7th May 2016 - Oceania U20s

  • The 2016 Oceania U20 Rugby Championship was a shorter competition with just Australia and New Zealand competing.

  • Game 1 was a 30-10 win for New Zealand

  • Game 2 was a nail -biter, with the game coming down to the wire.

  • The Junior Wallabies had been ahead 22-3 with about 20 minutes to go, before 3 quick tries put the All Blacks in front. Mack Mason cooly kicked the penalty for the win after the siren.

  • The Australian tries were scored by Simon Kennewell, Izack Rodda and Joey Fittock, and Mack Mason kicked 4 from 5

  • New Zealand's points came from tries to Caleb Makene, Sam Nock and Jonah Lowe, and Jordie Barrett kicked 4/4.

  • With the series tied 1-1, New Zealand retained the Championship.

Final score:

  • Australia 25 defeated New Zealand 24

On This Day: 9th May 2015 - Oceania U20s

  • 2015 Oceania U20 Round 3 games at Bond University, Japan v Samoa followed by Australia v New Zealand

  • New Zealand started strongly in the Championship decider, leading Australia 26 - 8 at half-time. 3 tries in the second half by the Junior Wallabies improved the score line, but still a comfortable win for the Junior All Blacks.

  • Try-scorers for Australia were Joey Fittock, Duncan Paia'aua, Sam Croke and Jack McCalman, and 4 goals for Andrew Deegan.

  • For New Zealand, try scorers were Blake Gibson 2, Mitchell Hunt, Tinoai Faiane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Vince Aso, & Taukiha Koloamatangi.

Final scores:

  • Samoa 33 defeated Japan 30

  • New Zealand 46 defeated Australia 29


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