Zimbabwe bow out of World Rugby U20 Trophy contention

Zimbabwe suffered a second successive Pool A defeat at the World Rugby U20 Trophy, going down 51-14 to Uruguay.

Zimbabwe bowed out of contention in the on-going World Rugby U20 Trophy following a disappointing 51-14 defeat against Uruguay in their second Pool A match at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on Thursday.

The Junior Sables needed a victory to stand a chance of qualifying for the knock out stages of the second tier global tournament after earlier losing 64-33 to Uruguay last weekend.

Earlier Junior Sables appeared on course to finally register their first win of the tournament as they struck first under the post through number eight Shingi Manyarara after a well-executed lineout set piece.

Uruguay were almost level in the 12th minute after a series of pick-and-goes. But heroic defending from Zimbabwe led to a turnover.

A lack of accuracy continued to let Los Teritos down, and they were made to pay in the 23rd minute when, from another attacking lineout, Zimbabwe spread the ball wide to Edward Sigauke. The winger still had plenty of work to do but he jinked inside then out to touch down in the corner.

Uruguay hit back straight from kick-off when second row Jeronimo Noseda barrelled over from close range.

A penalty kick from Juan Bautista Crisci then made it a four-point game and Uruguay led when Dante Soto came off his wing to pick up a scrappy lineout and burst straight through the Zimbabwe defence.

Zimbabwe, down by a player after illegal contact in the air, continued to look dangerous in possession but Uruguay held out to go in at half-time 17-14 ahead.

After a scrappy start to the second half, Uruguay were awarded a penalty try when Zimbabwe brought down a rolling maul close to the line. Los Teritos would have extended their lead on the hour mark but for a forward pass.

A further Uruguay penalty and a try from centre Guillermo Juan Storace, after a dart from replacement scrum-half Pedro Hoblog, put the result beyond doubt.

With Uruguay’s scrum now completely dominant, another penalty try gave the scoreline some gloss and an intercept effort – Uruguay’s sixth try – from replacement Alfonso Chahnazaroff made it 51 unanswered points and ensured Los Teritos head into their clash against Scotland full of confidence.

Meanwhile in results of other matches played on Thursday Samoa needed two tries in the final 10 minutes to close out a 30-27 victory against Hong Kong and maintain their perfect start in the World Rugby U20 Trophy.

Spain joined them on a maximum 10 points at the top of Pool B when they rounded off another entertaining day’s play with a 48-18 win against hosts Kenya while favourites Scotland also overcame a slow start to beat USA 40-13.

World U20 Trophy Standings after Round 2
Scotland 2 0 0 104 46 58 2 0 10
Uruguay 2 0 0 84 45 39 1 0 9
USA 0 2 0 44 73 -29 0 1 1
Zimbabwe 0 2 0 47 115 84 1 0 1
Spain 2 0 0 101 18 83 2 0 10
Samoa 2 0 0 64 52 12 2 0 10
Hong Kong 0 2 0 27 83 -56 1 1 2
Kenya 0 2 0 43 82 84 1 0 1



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