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Junior World Rugby Trophy 2019

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Re: Junior World Rugby Trophy 2019

Postby BigG » Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 03:31

Oh my . . . a single point separated the teams?
I did not watched the game (but I will). What I read from your posts looked like Japan dominated in scrums. Indeed this team is very physical (unlike 2017).

As I wrote before there are only 7 players who can participate in 2020 WC. Do they have good coming generation?

Anyway, there is a need to have 16 teams in U20 elite.

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Re: Junior World Rugby Trophy 2019

Postby dropkick » Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 06:12

Portugal also lost by missing kicks.

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Re: Junior World Rugby Trophy 2019

Postby RugbyLiebe » Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 06:52

Great game to watch. After the kick-start of 3 tries in the first 12 minutes, I couldn't stop watching it.
Japan was lucky (but right decision imho) that they didn't get a red card after a Japanese player made contact with a Portugese player up in the air. Japan survived the following 15 minutes with 10 minutes even being down to 13 men by conceding just a try and a penalty.

That's when Portugal lost the game (and off course when they missed two conversions and two (?) penalties. Japan on the other hand should have opted for way more penalty kicks instead of scrums in the opposing 22m. They were dominant, but if I recall right, they only got one penalty try out of their scrum adventures.

Japan really worked for the win, Portugal basically should've still won it.
How to grow rugby worldwide?
Look at the world ranking in July. Teams ranked 1-10 have to play one team from 11-20 (they don't play in a regular competition) away the next year. 11-20 play 21-30 away and so on. Yes, it really is that simple.

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