World Rugby U20s Day One: Top Performers

World Rugby U20s Day One: Top Performers

Following a thrilling opening round of the U20 World Rugby Championship, we take a look at the Top Performers. 

Italy's Forward Pack

The Italian pack domination at lineout and scrum time was instrumental in their victory over Scotland with the starters and bench putting in big shifts. 

A notable mention to Italy captain Michele Lamaro was fantastic, making a number of telling tackles and turnovers.

Jordan Olowofela (England)

An outstanding performance by the England winger. The speedster got England on the scoreboard in the 8th minute of the game and put England into the lead just before the break from a wonderful backline move. 

The left winger's work rate showed with his two tries coming on the right-hand side of the field as to was his try assist for Marcus Smith in the final minutes of the game.

Tyrone Green (South Africa)

Strong and determined carries throughout the game by Junior Springboks winger Tyrone Green. 

He has a tremendous work rate which resulted in him charging down a kick to score.

Notable mention to Georgian flyhalf Tedo Abzhandadze who was superb tactically.

Jordan Joseph (France)

A number of French players had outstanding games in their come from behind victory over Ireland but 17-year-old looseforward Jordan Joseph was the pick of the lot.

Joseph came before half time and was heavily involved in attack and defence from the moment he came on.

He was heavily involved in the first two second-half tries and made metres every time he touched the ball.

Special mentions to Clement Laporte, Arthur Coville, Romain N'tmack and Ireland's Tommy O'Brien. 

Cai Evans

Cai Evans' accurate and powerful boot was key to Wales victory as he kicked 14 of Wales 26 points as they got revenge over Australia - who secured a late victory over Wales last year.

Notable mention to Australian fullback Mack Hansen who was a standout for the Junior Wallabies.

 Xavier Roe (New Zealand)

Remember the name 'Xavier Roe' the young halfback absolutely sublime in a dominant New Zealand performance.

The Japanese defence had no answer to his quick snipes around the rucks and his passes were crisp throughout the game.

Any Junior All Black could realistically make the list but the exciting no.9 stole the spotlight.

Special mentions for the New Zealand captain Tom Christie, fullback Vilimoni Koroi, winger Leicester Faingaanuku and centre Bailyn Sullivan.

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