JWC 2012: Day one statistics

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 5 June 2012
 
JWC 2012: Day one statistics
New Zealand's Milford Keresoma scored the only hat-trick on day one - Photo: Image SA

We bring you some interesting statistics from day one of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 in South Africa.

- A total of 348 points were scored on day one of JWC 2012 with Australia scoring the most (67) in their win over Scotland in Pool C.

- Samoa were the only team not to score any points on day one, losing 63-0 to New Zealand.

- New Zealand wing Milford Keresoma scored the only hat-trick on day one, in the defending champions 63-0 win over Samoa.

- Five other players scored a brace of tries - Curtis Ambrose (NZL), Martin McKenzie (NZL), Hugh Roach (AUS), Chris Sautia (AUS) and Marland Yarde (ENG).

- The top point scorers on day one were France scrum half Eric Escande and Keresoma with 15 points apiece, the Baby Black scoring three tries in comparison to Escande's five penalties in France's loss to Argentina.

- Eleven other players were into double figures on day one.

- Australia scored the most tries in their opening match with 11 against Scotland, one more than four-time champions New Zealand touched down against Samoa and two more than England crossed for in their win over Italy.

- Ambrose Curtis scored New Zealand's opening try against Samoa - a try which was the Baby Blacks' 100th try in the JWC pool stages.

- This try also took New Zealand through the 1,000-point barrier in JWC history, the first side to reach this milestone. South Africa became the second side to surpass 900 points with Australia the third to move beyond 800 points in the tournament's history.

- Wales centre Jack Dixon set a new record, becoming the youngest ever player to play in a JWC match with his appearance against Fiji. Dixon does not turn 18 until 13 December, so easily beats the record of Australia captain Liam Gill, who was 17 years and 362 days when he played on the opening day of JWC 2010.

- Forty-six tries were scored on day one, 10 more than at JWC 2011. France and Samoa were the only teams not to cross the try-line in their opening matches.

- This takes the total to 943 tries in JWC history.

- Twenty-nine - or 63 per cent - of tries scored on the opening day were converted.

- Eric Escande kicked the most penalties on day one with five in France's loss to Argentina, one more than South Africa fly half Tony Jantjies managed in their shock loss to Ireland.

- JJ Hanrahan, a star of Ireland's win over South Africa, kicked the only drop goal on day one, taking the total to 18 in JWC history.

- New Zealand and Argentina were the only teams not to have their try-line breached on the opening match day in South Africa.

- The average points per match on day one was 58, which breaks down into 26.17 in the first half and 31.83 in the second.

- An average of 7.67 tries were scored per match on day one, slightly more of them in the second half than the first.

- Nineteen penalties were kicked across eight teams with Australia, Italy, Samoa and Scotland not kicking any penalties. This means exactly 500 penalties have been kicked in JWC history.

- New Zealand's unbeaten run on the JWC stage is now 21 matches.

- Three yellow cards were handed out on day one, to France's Jonathan Danty, Oneone Fa'afou of Samoa and Wales captain Cory Hill.

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