France and Australia won their respective semi-finals took book their place in the final on Saturday.
Australia reaching the final for the first time since Matt Toomua represented the side in 2010 while France will look to defend their title.
#WorldRugbyU20s Semi-Finals Results:— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) June 17, 2019
9th: 🏴Scotland 19-26 Italy 🇮🇹
5th: 🇳🇿New Zealand 7-8 Wales 🏴
9th: 🇬🇪 Georgia 12-8 Fiji 🇫🇯
Cup: 🇦🇷 Argentina 12-34 Australia 🇦🇺
5th: ☘️ Ireland 23-30 England 🏴
Cup: 🇿🇦 South Africa 7-20 France 🇫🇷
There were a number of intriguing results and excellent clash in the penultimate day of action.
Here is our full wrap up of the action:
New Zealand 7-8 Wales
Cai Evans showed nerves of steel to boot Wales to a famous and dramatic 8-7 victory over New Zealand.
Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler’s opportunistic score gave Wales the edge before the game was delayed for an hour due to an electrical storm overhead. New Zealand looked to have snatched the result when Tupou Va’ai crashed over nine minutes from time, but Evans kicked Wales to a historic result.
Both teams sides struggled to maintain possession for long spells as the rain continued to hammer down but it was Wales who worked the conditions to their advantage when Thomas-Wheeler pounced on a New Zealand error for an opportunistic score.
It looked as if Wales were going to pay for their missed opportunities when Va’ai scooped up the ball and crashed over from close range with 5 minutes to play. Wales worked their way upfield before the referee awarded one in Evans’ range, the outside-half showed no hesitation in pointing to the posts and slotted it to give Wales the win.
Scotland 19-26 Italy
A complementary scoreline for Scotland thanks to two late tries but in the end, Italy were the dominant side and deserved the win.
Ewan Ashman scored off the back of a maul in the 16th minute before Trulla was set up by a lovely grubber kick by Paolo Garbisi to his fullback in under the stick after 25 minutes. Italy managed to score through Mastandrea after another kick through before the game was suspended due to lightning. The final three minutes of the first half was played some thirty minutes later and Italy managed to dot down one more time before 'half time' with Damiano Mazza handing off a player to score.
The teams swiftly changed sides for the second half and it took some twenty minutes for the next try, in terrible conditions, with Paolo Garbisi ghosting through the defence to score. Scotland used just about all their players to power over the line for their second try as hooker Ewan Ashman grabbed a brace before Jack Blain scored a stunning try as Scotland looked to level the scores in the dying minutes. However, the clock caught up with them as a pass went into touch to bring the game to an end. Scotland now face Fiji in the relegation playoff of the competition.
Georgia 12-8 Fiji
A largely unentertaining game as both sides failed to deal with the tough conditions thrown at them. Georgia dominated up front winning numerous penalties in the scrum however, it was Fiji who took the lead when Muntz spotted a gap and put Momo through. The score would remain unchanged for the remainder of the half.
Muntz would extend Fiji's lead to 8 points in the 53rd minute and that would be Fiji's last addition to the scoreboard as Georgia scored 12 unanswered points to secure their place in next year's edition of the competition. Ioane Iashagashvili and Vano Karkadze both dotted down for the Georgians as they marched on to victory.
Fiji now face Scotland in the relegation playoff while Georgia face Italy on the final day.
Argentina 13-34 Australia
In the 11th minute, Ireland No. 10 Ben Healy converted a penalty which put his side in the lead. England managed to equalise six minutes later with a penalty of their own to make it 3-3 after Josh Hodge converted his strike.
Ireland took the lead once again in the 21st minute, as healy kicked his second penalty of the match to put the Irish in the lead once again. The English got given their second yellow card, Kai Owen, for a high tackle but Healy failed to extend the Irish lead.
In the 57th minute, there was more misery inflicted to Ireland as Dylan Tierney was adjudged to tackle England’s No.15 high and it saw him get 10 minutes in the bin.
Rusiate Tuima, who ended up being England’s third player to see yellow, was sent to the bin for a high tackle and England had to play the last five minutes with 14 men.