June 6,2014 (ISN) – South Africa and England are through to the semi-finals of the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 as they remained unbeaten following match day two.
The Junior Boks defeated hosts New Zealand 33-24 on Friday, while earlier at QBE Stadium, England overcame a tough Australian challenge, 38-24.
France are the only other unbeaten team in the competition after they defeated Fiji 37-5 in Pool B.
Meanwhile, Ireland could be on course to make their first ever JWC semi-final after they beat Wales 35-21 in Pukekohe.
Elsewhere, Samoa delighted their travelling supporters by beating Scotland 27-18 and there was jubilation after the first game of the day in North Harbour, when Italy pipped Argentina, 29-26 in a tense encounter between the two sides.
IRB Junior World Championship 2014 Ambassador Jonah Lomu said: “Day two was full of great match-ups, which is what this tournament is all about.”
“South Africa and New Zealand was a superb battle, and although I’m obviously disappointed with the result, it was as close to a Test match as you can get.”
“Ireland had a great win over Wales and now the competition is wide open and match day three on Tuesday is very important.”
The last round of #JWC2014 pool matches are being played at QBE Stadium in North Harbour and ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe on June 10 with the semi-finals on June 15. The final will take place on June 20 at Eden Park.
All #JWC2014 matches will also be streamed live on IRB.com however some regions will be geo-blocked due to rights agreements. Viewers should check with the broadcaster in their region for more details