Australia risk worst finish at junior rugby Cup
Australia’s under-20 rugby team risk their worst finish at the IRB junior world championship after failing to making the final four following a 31-7 loss to France.
The Aussies were down 14-7 by half-time at South Africa’s Cape Town Stadium early Wednesday morning (AEST), before conceding two converted tries and a penalty in the second half.
Captain Liam Gill scored the Australians’ only try.
The defeat means Australia finish third in Pool C with just five points, which they secured with the 67-12 win over Scotland in their opening match.
Unbeaten Argentina topped Pool C with 12 points, ahead of France (11 points) while Scotland were last on two.
Australia will meet France again in the play-off for fifth place at Newlands Stadium on June 17.
Argentina will now compete for the championship trophy along with Wales, South Africa and defending champions New Zealand.
In their previous appearances at the world championship the Australians finished third last year, second in 2010, fourth in 2009 and fifth in 2008.© AAP 2013
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