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Live blog: World Rugby U20 Championship 2024 in Cape Town – Day Three

By Liam Heagney
ATHLONE, SOUTH AFRICA – 9JULY, 2024: The French U20 team arrive before their match versus Wales (Photo by Carl Fourie/World Rugby)

It is match day three at the World Rugby U20 Championship and the inclement weather in the Cape Town region is reminiscent of the monsoon-like conditions that materialised for the opening round of the age-grade Rugby Championship on the Australian Gold Coast in May.

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While the schedule in South Africa is officially listed as the final round of the pool stage, it’s essentially the quarter-finals in some fixtures as Ireland versus Australia (2pm local time) and France against Wales (4:30pm) in Athlone are winner-takes-all knockout games.

The former will decide who qualifies for the semi-finals as the Pool B winner and the latter will determine who progresses as the sole best runner-up from across the three pools.

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Unbeaten England versus struggling hosts South Africa (7pm) is the third match on the Athlone schedule. Meanwhile, over in Stellenbosch, the three-game programme is Argentina-Fiji (2pm), Georgia-Italy (4:30pm) and New Zealand-Spain (7pm).

RugbyPass previewed all six matches on Monday, listing all the selected teams and hazarding a guess as the potential results – click here to read.

We have also published a match day three talking points feature, which includes the Irish-Aussie rivalry, the French determination to retain their title despite their agonising loss to New Zealand, and the pressure that is on Junior Boks coach Bafana Nhleko – click here to read.

All six matches will be streamed live and for free on RugbyPass TV in all countries that don’t have an exclusive local broadcaster deal – click here to sign up/log in.

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We will also update this RugbyPass live blog throughout the day, bringing you exclusive post-match interviews and more…

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Wonton 2 hours ago
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One game against Fiji is not enough to show that a player is ready to play the likes of South Africa. Spreading the ball wide too much increases the risk of turnovers and we turned the ball over 20 times against Fiji which is a lot more than what we did in the two England tests. We actually turned the ball over the same amount of times (20) against England in the 2019 semi final which we lost. Fiji didn’t make us pay for those turnovers but other teams will. In the 2nd test against England this year we had 100% success rate on attacking rucks. That’s the first time the AB’s have achieved this since the 2019 opening game of the RWC against South Africa. South Africa won last years RWC and Jesse Kriel did not pass once. The days of the Conrad Smith type centre might be over. Also Conrad Smith debuted in 2004 but he did not become an incumbent until Nonu did also in 2008. As for Rieko Ioane he and Jordie Barrett put in some very strong midfield hits in the 2nd test forcing turnovers several times. Rieko Ioane hasn’t played wing in years. If Proctor is moved to 13 then the best I think Ioane can hope for is an impact player off the bench. He does not have the aerial game of Caleb Clarke or the workrate of Tele’a for 11 and going to be selected over Jordan at 14. However its much too early to replace Rieko with Proctor. Rieko was excellent in the knock out rounds of the RWC. All Proctor has to show on his test CV is a good game against Fiji.

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Nick 3 hours ago
How 'gazelle' Nick Frost thawed the hearts of Wallaby fans at Suncorp

Its almost like you read my comment on the other site on sunday morning Nick - you flagged all the same examples! 😝 Frost was motm for mine. That eg in the 56th minute in particular impressed me, nothing but sheer effort and a dupont/smith-like tracking line behind the D. Surely an effort like that from frost marries perfectly with that quote from schmidt at the start of the year about effort and work rate being 70-80% and talent is just the icing on top… What it also showed though was the players not making that effort, in that example he goes past both valetini and ikitau, and in the eg that finished with valetini scoring hunter paisami barely breaks a canter to support the break. And then there was the chase from wright and lancaster for the 2nd georgian try! One blemish - at kickoff I saw frost miss or get bumped off a few tackles and I felt like I saw what has been holding his selection back. I think because he is so big and is trying to get low to tackle, he seems to dip his head and ends up losing his balance or ability to adjust and ends up missing or making a soft hit. I think in the first 2 minutes he misses or makes 2-3 soft tackles, but you could clearly see the work rate and desire! He (the pod) also missed a kick restart or two? Also very happy to see harry wilson back in the fold. What impressed me from him wasn’t all the usual stuff he is known for, but all the other bits that usually let him down. He looked surprisingly good in the air at lineout time, physical at the breakdown, and good in the maul peeling off 3 georgians for one of the maul tries. Id have frost, skelton, wright as my 4-6 with LSL and wilson on the bench. i’m once again unconvinced by tom wirght - he was very good game 1, but game 2-3 he was back to more rocks than diamonds. There is no real other player to usurp him really so he stays in the team for now but I think Joe should put kellaway wherever he serves the team best and wright can be moved around him. Did donno do enough to overtake noah? My gut says no. They clearly had a plan to attack more so he looked better in that regard because he just had more opportunity, but they looked better off tate (who had a v good game also) then they did off donno.

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