England Survive Scare on Day One of IRB Junior World Championship
11 June, 2011
|Fiji do the cibi before their Pool B match with France in Rovigo. Photo: Getty Images. |
England had to battle hard to see off the challenge of a spirited Ireland side 33-25 on the opening day of the IRB Junior World Championship 2011 in Italy on Friday.
Ireland had threatened to avenge their Under 20 Six Nations loss in March when they took the lead for the first time with less than 10 minutes to go, but Marland Yarde's late try saw England to victory.
New Zealand meanwhile kicked off their quest for a fourth successive IRB Junior World Championship title by beating hosts Italy 64-7 before a sell-out crowd in Treviso.
The Baby Blacks top Pool A from Wales, the 34-8 winners over Argentina in Padova, while South Africa head Pool B from England after beating Scotland 33-0 at the same venue.
Australia, runners up in 2010, lead Pool B following a 54-7 win over Tonga with France the only day one winners not to collect a bonus point in their 24-12 defeat of Fiji. Article courtesy of irb.com