/ 6 April 2007

Baby Boks trounce Fiji 36-5

South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, England, Australia and France recorded wins on the opening day of Division A action at the IRB Under-19 World Championship 2007.

South Africa — champions in 2005 — defeated newly-promoted Fiji 36-5 at Belfast Harlequins. France, fourth in Division A in 2006, struggled to defeat Scotland 11-6.

Hosts Ireland almost pulled off a shock win over defending champions Australia at Ravenhill, but despite leading 5-0 at halftime, they eventually succumbed 15-10.

Robert Fruean scored a hat trick of tries inside of 13 minutes against Wales at Ravenhill to give New Zealand the perfect start to their challenge for the IRB crown.

Although Wales recovered to be only 20-7 down at halftime, New Zealand controlled the second half to register a 37-14 victory.

England trailed Samoa 9-3 at one stage in their match at Shaw’s Bridge, but recovered to defeat their opponents 20-12. Earlier at the same venue, Argentina beat Japan 41-8. – Sapa