Monday, May 4, 2009

Romania claim the JWRT as Kenya finish fourth

Romania  have won the 2009 JWRT with a 25-13 win over the USA. Romania went into the lead through Stefan Patrascu who kicked over a penalty on 7 minutes. Tai Enosa levelled for the Junior Eagles with a drop goal on 15 minutes.

Robert Johnson kicked a massive penalty from inside the USA half to enable the Junior Eagles take the lead on 22 minutes but Patrascu soon brought the Romanians back in the game with his second penalty.The scores were 6-6 in this tense half.

Enosa scored a try minutes to half time and Johnson converted as the USA led 13-6 going into the half time interval.

The second half was an evenly contested affair, both sides prodding each other and it was evident from the way both sides played. 

Adrian Apostol scored a try on 44 minutes that was converted by Patrascu. At 13-13, the game was finely poised for an exciting finish. Both sides defended resolutely but Romania got the better of the USA just as the game seemed to be headed for sudden death. Marian Pirvu scored a try on 72 minutes before Patrascu killed off the Junior Eagles on 77 minutes after scoring and converting his try. Final score Romania 25 USA 13.

The win earned the victors a ticket to the IRB World under 20 champions.

Hosts Kenya were unlucky in their loss to  Chile, going down 17-19 after trailing 3-14 at the half time break.They finished fourth behind Chile.

Felipe Beltran put Chile ahead on 14 minutes when he touched down .Nicolas Hereros' conversion put Chile 7-0 up on 15 minutes. Francisco Fernandez added a second try try that was successfully converted by Hereros. 14-0 to Chile on 27 minutes as they dominated Chipu in the forwards.

Chipu began to claw their way back into the match and Felix Ayange reduced the deficit to 14-3 when he put away a penalty on 34 minutes after a Chile infringement.

Second half action saw a rejuvenated Chipu take the game to Chile. Ayange was put through after the Kenyan backs played the ball in hand and Joseph Abala scored under the posts on 47 minutes courtesy of a flamboyant overhead pass from Ayange. Ken Andola converted as the score board read 14-10 in Chile's favour.

Realising that the game was within reach, Chipu came hard at Chile, who had to cope with unrelenting pressure from the home boys. They however made Kenya pay for poor finishing when Mauricio Rey scored a try on 63 minutes. Hereros missed the conversion as the scores read 19-10 to the South Americans.

Kenya responded in their characteristic athletic style and Graham Dinda's 72nd minute try that was converted by Andola set the stage for a frenetic finish. Chile held out to win 19-17 and claim the bronze medal.

Namibia claimed fifth place with a 48-43 win over Papua New Guinea while South Korea crushed the Cayman Islands 62-12 to  finish seventh.

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