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New Zealand 55-0 Georgia: All Blacks romp to impressive nine-try victory against Georgians

  •  New Zealand ran  nine tries past Georgia as they won 55-0 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
  • Inside centre Jordie Barrett added four conversions to help total up over 50 points
  • The All Blacks now turn their attention to Ireland on Saturday
New Zealand got their defence of the under-20 world rugby championship off to a flying start with a 55-0 demolition of Georgia.

The New Zealand performance on a rain-soaked night in Manchester on Wednesday (NZ time) will have sent a warning signal to other title hopefuls as they ran in nine tries.

Scott Robertson’s side showed plenty of skill on a difficult evening though the Georgia pack, as expected, caused some problems at set piece time.

Chiefs back Shaun Stevenson got the scoring started for New Zealand who went into the half-time break comfortably ahead having scored five tries to lead 31-0.

Caleb Makene finished that first half with two tries to his name and he was joined by another double try scorer in his fellow winger Jonah Lowe in the second.

Tries from replacements Hapakuki Moala-Liava’a and Malo Tuitama then rounded out a good opening day for New Zealand, as their attention turns to Ireland on Saturday.


New Zealand: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Caleb Makene, 13 Patelesio Tomkinson, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Jonah Lowe, 10 TJ Va’a, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 Mitchell Jacobson, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 Quinten Strange, 3 Sosefo Kautai, 2 Leni Apisai (c), 1 Ayden Johnstone
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Shaun Stodart, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Hamish Dalzell, 20 Hapakuki Moala-Liava’a, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 Malo Tuitama

Georgia: 15 Irakli Svanidze, 14 Davit Meskhi, 13 Giorgi Koshadze, 12 Sandro Iluridze, 11 Sandro Merkvilishvili, 10 Davit Modzgvrishvili, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Beka Gorgadze, 7 Giorgi Tsutskiridze, 6 Irakli Tskhadadze, 5 Demur Epremidze, 4 Mikheil Babunashvili, 3 Giorgi Melikidze, 2 Lasha Sajaia, 1 Nika Neparidze
Replacements: 16 Tornike Mataradze, 17 Giga Khuroshvili, 18 Lasha Tabidze, 19 Giorgi Javakhia, 20 Beka Gorgadze, 21 Gela Aprasidze, 22 Rati Shanidze, 23 Guram Kandaurashvili

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), Andrew Jackson (England)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)