Wales defeats New Zealand in under 20s rugby
The unbeaten streak of the New Zealand rugby union under 20s side is over, defeated by Wales in the Junior World Championships.
Since changing to the under 20 format from under 19s and under 21s, the New Zealand team has been unstoppable. From 2008 to 2011 they won every contest. However last night in conditions similar to the Australia v Scotland game, they went down 9-6 to Wales, a side who 12 months ago they thumped 92-0.
They say the rain and wind are great levellers. They certainly helped in a 95 point turnaround. The Welsh were fantastic and defended like demons, very reminiscent of the Scottish effort. They thoroughly deserved their win.
What this result shows is that the elements can bring down even the best sides as pre-match they were 42 point favourites for this contest. This is something Wallaby supporters need to consider when assessing Tuesday night.
In other results, the Australian under 20s side went down 15-3 to Argentina. The match was also played in the mud.
Congratulations to Wales in what will go down as one of the best rugby victories ever in Welsh rugby, even though it is just at under 20s level.
Traditional rugby powerhouses New Zealand, South Africa and Australia now all face the prospect of not making it to the finals.
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