Junior Wallabies lose Championship ultimate by a single level

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The Junior Wallabies have suffered an agonising loss within the ultimate of the world rugby U-20 championship in Argentina, overwhelmed 24-23 by defending champions France.

Searching for their first title within the 12th version of the annual match, Australia got here up simply quick in a tense decider in Rosario on Sunday morning (AEDT).

Outscored three tries to 2, France secured victory by way of the correct goalkicking of Toulon five-eighth Louis Carbonel, who completed with 14 factors.

Carbonel’s penalty with 15 minutes remaining was the ultimate scoring act and the eighth lead change of the sport.

In contrast, Australian halves Will Harrison and Michael McDonald landed three of seven photographs between them.

It was a heartbreaking end for a Junior Wallabies facet whose solely different ultimate look was 9 years in the past. That they had failed to succeed in the semi-finals since.

Winger Mark Nawaqanitawase handed Australia a dream begin when scoring inside 50 seconds after supporting a clear break from Queensland Reds fullback Isaac Lucas.

Hooker Lachlan Lonergan snared his fourth attempt of the match late within the first half however Australia trailed 18-13 on the break after France crossed by way of front-rowers Theo Lachaud and Alex Burin.

5-eighth Harrison bagged the lone attempt of the second half to place his crew forward.

Nevertheless, Carbonel’s boot twice reclaimed the lead as France turned the third crew after New Zealand and England to assert again to again titles.

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Closing rating

France 24
Tries: Lachaud, Burin
Cons: Carbonel half of
Pens: Carbonel four/four

Junior Wallabies 23
Tries: Nawaqanitawase, Lonergan, Wilson
Cons: Harrison 1/three
Pens: Harrison 2/four

Extra to come back.


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