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NZ Under 20 power past Fiji

Oceania Rugby

allblacks.com     01 May 2018     Oceania Rugby

The win sets up a trans-Tasman showdown for the Oceania Under 20 title with Australia on Saturday. The home-side was also in dominant form with a 91-7win over Tonga to back up their 51-5 win over Fiji on the weekend.

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The Craig Philpott-coached side was made to work hard for their win when centre Billy Proctor was red-carded in the 20th minute for a dangerous tackle.

Leading by just 10-0 at that stage, New Zealand was forced to defend for a lengthy period as Fiji tried to make its one man advantage count but could only come away with three points.

New Zealand had limited chances for the remainder of the half but made them count when prop Sione Asi crashed over from close range to make it 15-3 at the break.

Despite being a player down, New Zealand took control of the game in the second half as their reserve bench upped the tempo. Fiji struggled to keep up with the pace as New Zealand added three quick tries to make it 36-3 with 20 minutes to play.

Fiji were rewarded with a couple of well-deserved tries but New Zealand had the last say to run away with the 55-15 victory.

New Zealand will meet Australia at 9pm NZT on Saturday 5 May to decide the 2018 Oceania Under 20 Championships winner. 

New Zealand are gunning for their fourth straight title since the tournament was first introduced in 2015.

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