Juniors win again

Photosport     10 Jun 2006     Photosport

Superior support play and unity, especially in forward play helped the New Zealanders secure their win.

Samoa scored first, after only two minutes, when second five-eighths Seilala Mapusua tidied a misfired Samoan pass and slipped his way towards the New Zealand line. Dropped just short he provided good ball for halfback John Senio to break from the ruck and score. The conversion was added by first five-eighths Doug Samft.

The Junior All Blacks responded by getting into Samoa's half where an infringement allowed first five-eighths Jimmy Gopperth to land his first penalty goal of the evening.

Taking play back downfield the Junior All Blacks created the chance for No 8 Nick Williams to maintain the momentum from his fine performance in the first game against Fiji by scoring his first try of the night.

Four minutes later he capped a fine inter-passing movement sparked by fullback Ben Atiga in the Juniors own half. When Gopperth added his second conversion, the Junior All Blacks were out to a 17-7 lead.

They lost flanker Johnny Leo'o after a clash of heads saw him taken from the field with concussion.

His replacement Josh Blackie was immediately in the action, although the next scoring was from two penalty goals to Gopperth. Just before halftime halfback Kevin Senio matched the earlier effort of his brother to score to help the Juniors to a 30-7 lead at the break.

Three minutes into the second half prop John Schwalger strolled over from a lineout.

Samoa then enjoyed a lengthy period in the Juniors 22m with some fine mauling play, which went unrewarded due to the inability to create gaps in the home defence.

The hold was broken in the 57th minute when Atiga scored a regulation backline try after a solid forward build-up.

There was some satisfaction in the 63rd minute for Samoa when from a tap penalty 10m out from the Junior line, No 8 Isaac Feaunati rolled over to score his side's second try.

Another promising Samoan move was halted by the defence and from the breakdown the ball popped to Juniors replacement halfback Jamie Nutbrown. He found space down the middle of the field. He raced away and when grounded, following blindside flanker Steven Bates popped the ball up to Gopperth who raced away for the try.

Then right on fulltime, another breakout resulted in a try down the right flank for wing Vilame Waqaseduadua.


New Zealand Juniors 56
Tries: Williams 2, K Senio, Schwalger, Atiga, Gopperth, Waqaseduadua
Conversions: Gopperth 6
Penalty goals: Gopperth 3

Samoa 12
Tries: J Senio, Feaunati
Conversion: Samft