2019 under 20's



  • Another mistake from McLeod, followed by a mistake from Boshier, and Wales are the first to score a try.

    5 - 0 Wales



  • Great NZ scrum!



  • 23': Burke misses a penalty kick from an easy position.



  • After 26 minutes:
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  • It's a pity that it's so wet. Causes a lot of unnecessary handling errors.



  • Now the game is stopped, because of the lightning. 🌩 Thunderstorm interrupting the game. The first time I see that during a tournament.

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    As we don't know how long this will last, I'm going to catch some 💤 💤 💤

    Will watch the rest of the game from the replay.

    28': NZ 0 - 5 Wales



  • F Me. We lost to Wales U20?!

    Italy will be licking their lips.



  • @Billy-Tell

    They were pretty dire. Dropped balls, missed passes, dumb penalties & gave turn-overs with abandon.

    Was only in the last 15 mins they asserted themselves and got ahead - which they then threw away with poor discipline



  • Has been a dire under 20 campaign full stop. Seemed to me they looked arrogant like they are living on past glory of teams.
    Will be interesting what comes out of this, if we want to compete we need to probably play more games like Sth A who do tours to NH. Can’t see us centralising system.
    Every 3 or so years we will have great teams full of talent like 2015, 17 but I’m not sure how many of these players will kick on, as Mr Philpott says it should be judged on!
    Australia making final they will be loving it and hopefully for them will kick on to national team.



  • had heard from someone in the know that the team was lacking in a number of areas a month or so back, turns out he was on the money.



  • I decided to go back over the NZ Under 20 team that won the World Cup in 2017 to track how many players have gone to play Mitre 10 Cup rugby and on to play Super Rugby.

    By my reckoning and I stand to be corrected of the 28 originally selected 18 have gone on to play super rugby (John JP Sauni) who has played for the Warratahs the rest having all played Mitre 10 Cup..and I still reckon several who have not played super rugby still have an opportunity moving forward.

    Even the 3 that were unavailable have gone on to play super rugby with Jordie Barrett, Dalton Papalii & Asafo Amua becoming All Blacks
    It’s not a bad bench mark if you think about it , a very well selected team even without the 3 that were unavailable..
    Just on a footnote,Stephen Perofeta replaced Tiaan Falcon who was injured for the final..

    I had a nephew in this team so extremely proud as a uncle what they achieved .
    It will be really interesting to see how many in this years team go on to Mitre 10 Cup rugby ,super rugby or even All Black Rugby..
    Be interesting to hear your feedback

    I know when the 2017 Baby Blacks flew in ,I was at the airport to meet the team , I ended up having a really good chat to NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew..he told me during our conversation if they got a strike rate of around 45% that ended up playing Super Rugby and the rest playing Mitre 10 Cup ,that would be a real success moving forward .

    Asafo Aumua Wellington
    Sam Caird Waikato
    Adrian Choat Auckland
    Tom Christie Canterbury
    Ryan Coxon Waikato
    Tim Farrell Hawke’s Bay
    Alex Fidow Wellington
    Luke Jacobson (C) Waikato
    Ezekiel Lindenmuth Auckland
    Marino Mikaele-Tuu Hawke’s Bay
    Dalton Papalii Auckland
    Jacob Pierce Auckland
    John (JP) Sauni Auckland
    Samuel Slade Auckland
    Pouri Rakete-Stones Hawke’s Bay
    Isaia Walker-Leawere Wellington
    Backs
    Caleb Clarke Auckland
    Ereatara Enari (VC) Canterbury
    Braydon Ennor Canterbury
    Tima Faingaanuku Tasman
    Tiaan Falcon Hawke’s Bay
    Will Jordan Tasman
    Kemara Hauiti-Parapara Wellington
    Orbyn Leger Counties Manukau
    Josh McKay Canterbury
    Jona Nareki Otago
    Tamati Tua Northland
    Thomas Umaga-Jensen Wellington
    Players unavailable for selection:
    Jordie Barrett Taranaki
    Stephen Perofeta Taranaki
    Peter Umaga-Jensen Wellington



  • I'm not sure of the structure or rules - is it possible we could be demoted and not have automatic entry to the next competition if we finish badly enough?



  • @98blueandgold said in 2019 under 20's:

    Has been a dire under 20 campaign full stop. Seemed to me they looked arrogant like they are living on past glory of teams.
    Will be interesting what comes out of this, if we want to compete we need to probably play more games like Sth A who do tours to NH. Can’t see us centralising system.
    Every 3 or so years we will have great teams full of talent like 2015, 17 but I’m not sure how many of these players will kick on, as Mr Philpott says it should be judged on!
    Australia making final they will be loving it and hopefully for them will kick on to national team.

    I don't get the "arrogant". Who was arrogant? Maybe the coaches, but I didn't see arrogance (or complacency, if that's what you really mean) from the players. I didn't see anyone "living on past glory". Can you give a few examples, because I haven't seen it?

    I saw mostly ineptitude. First and foremost from the coaches, who didn't select the best possible team and didn't seem able to come up with a good game plan.

    Also lack of skills and too many handling errors from players, which in the last game can be partially blamed on the wet weather, but can also be due to whatever they have been doing or not doing during training; and obviously, some players not being good enough. However, in this respect it must be pointed out that I have seen bad ball handling from players who have shown plenty of skill during last year's Mitre 10 Cup, like Tupaea, Proctor, Gregory etc.

    What has been most noteworthy is the lack of game management. The team was without a pivot capable of changing things up when something didn't work. Why did Burke get so much game time? He can't steer the ship or kick. I haven't seen the rest of tonight's game yet, so don't know whether Reihana got game time, but if he has been injured for the last two games, why didn't they call up McClutchie (or Trask)? If this campaign was about developing NPC or SR players (and not about winning the tournament), the failure of reaching the top 4 isn't an excuse for not calling in reinforcements in case of injury.

    There are also several players in this team who haven't lost the schoolboy habit of going for glory themselves instead of passing to team mates; I saw impatience and maybe lack of faith in fellow players (sometimes justified, but no excuse for impatience). Particularly Funaki and McLoad were guilty of this in the backline. That's a coaching issue, too!

    My fellow Magpies supporters on the Fern will recognise what is happening from our dark years under Philpott. It was depressing, and visibly sapping the confidence out of players, who looked scared to take the field, particularly in 2017 (Philpott's last year). Fortunately, they stuck around and one season under a new, good coach worked a treat. I have no doubt that several of the players that didn't perform during this NZU20s campaign will end up playing NPC and SR. They'll bounce back and under the coaching of proper coaches and in well-oiled teams, they will improve their skills and the talent that they have will be further developed. And some players, who were picked without clearly having the talent, will either not play (much) Mitre 10 Cup and will hopefully moving on to a career outside rugby. They won't make it.

    To finish with a response to @Steven-Harris comments and list, I don't know whether this year's group will reach the 45% strike rate.

    Please, correct me if I made mistakes in this list. Of the current group I have bolded the names of players who have played SR or have SR contracts and italicized the names of players that have played Mitre 10 Cup:

    Kaylum Boshier (Taranaki) – Vice-Captain (played for Taranaki in a "Heartland" Ranfurly Shield challenge, but IIRC no M10 Cup)
    George Dyer (Waikato)
    Samipeni Finau (Waikato)
    Devan Flanders (Hawke's Bay)
    Cullen Grace (Canterbury)
    Kohan Herbert (Bay of Plenty)
    Kianu Kereru Symes (Hawke's Bay) - Captain
    Shilo Klein (Canterbury)
    Jeriah Mua (Bay of Plenty)
    Fletcher Newell (Canterbury)
    Ollie Norris (Waikato)
    Simon Parker (Waikato)
    Taine Plumtree (Wellington)
    Kaliopasi Uluilakepa (Wellington)
    Tupou Vaa’i (Taranaki)
    Tamaiti Williams (Canterbury)

    Fergus Burke (Canterbury)
    Leroy Carter (Bay of Plenty)
    Leicester Faingaanuku (Tasman/Crusaders)
    Cole Forbes (Bay of Plenty)
    Taufa Funaki (Auckland)
    Scott Gregory (Northland/All Blacks Sevens)
    Lalomilo Lalomilo (Bay of Plenty)
    Dallas McLeod (Canterbury) – Vice-Captain
    Billy Proctor (Wellington/Hurricanes)
    Rivez Reihana (Waikato)
    Etene Nanai-Seturo (Counties Manukau/Chiefs)
    Quinn Tupaea (Waikato) - has a development contract at the Chiefs

    Of this list, I can see some players progressing to SR level (partially based on what I've seen during M10 Cup):
    Kereru-Symes
    Plumtree
    Williams
    Gregory
    Tupaea
    and maybe Lalomilo

    If this assessment is correct, that would be a strike rate of 36%.

    A few more will make it to Mitre 10 Cup level, but clearly, not enough.

    Now, just imagine if they had selected Trask, McClutchie and Toala instead of Burke, McLeod and Forbes. All three have played Mitre 10 Cup, one has played SR and the two others might play SR in future. That would have lifted the strike rate to ...46%. And their inclusion would likely have lifted the team to a better performance, too.



  • @Stockcar86 said in 2019 under 20's:

    I'm not sure of the structure or rules - is it possible we could be demoted and not have automatic entry to the next competition if we finish badly enough?

    Every year, the lowest ranked team gets demoted to the WR U20 Trophy tournament, and the winner of the WR U20 Trophy tournament gets promoted to the WR U20 Championship. So this year, either Fiji or Scotland will get demoted. The WR U20 Trophy tournament takes place from 9 to 21 July 2019. Not sure whether the demoted team can already participate in that tournament or whether they have to wait until next year.



  • @Stargazer what’s strikes me is some of the over the top headlines by a lot of sectors of our sports media, if they had done their home work ,the loss to Australia in the Oceania was slight pointer to where this team was heading not mention a few key unavailabilities along with an average pack..
    And that without even mentioning the quality of the coach..
    Poor journalism,all they look for is the sensational headline without looking deeper.



  • @Stargazer said in 2019 under 20's:

    Lalomilo Lalomilo

    He has played Mitre 10 Cup for BOP I believe.

    This might be too simplistic but to me it looks like this year's crop the issue seems to be a lack of talent in the forwards - with much of the talent (and missing talent not picked) coming in the backs?



  • @KiwiMurph Yes and no. I think, with better coaching, also some of the forwards could have played much better. I'm particularly thinking of Boshier, Grace, Mua and maybe some of the props. Maybe they do have the talent.

    I can also think of a one-cap Magpies prop (Tavita-Metcalfe) who wasn't picked. I don't know whether he'd fared better, but it will be interesting to see how he goes in NPC this year. Maybe also some other forwards missed out on selection, who should have been picked ahead of players that are in the squad.

    But yeah, definitely less talent in the forwards than in the backs.

    Edit: yes, you're right about Lalomilo.



  • Did it finish 0-5?



  • @Rapido No. Full time score: New Zealand 7 - 8 Wales

    https://www.world.rugby/match/27142

    From that match report, it also appears that Reihana came on for Lalomilo, when the latter got injured. So Reihana was fit and healthy, but they didn't play him at 10.


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