The Junior Wallabies had an intense start to their under-20 world championship campaign, but ultimately prevailed with a 46-37 victory over Fiji. Despite trailing by eight points and going down to 14 men due to a red card, the Australian team showed incredible resilience. Mason Gordon, the younger brother of Wallabies playmaker Carter, and Darby Lancaster were the heroes of the match, scoring late tries to secure the win.
“It was an exhilarating game, with plenty of tries scored,” said coach Nathan Grey. “We’re delighted to come out on top and stick to our playing style throughout the match.”
In addition to Gordon and Lancaster, Liam Bowron, Nick Bloomfield, Ronan Leahy, and David Vaihu also added to Australia’s try count. The team now looks forward to their next challenge against Ireland.
Despite their victory, Grey acknowledged the need for improvement in certain areas, such as restarts and ball support. However, he expressed confidence in the team’s ability to apply pressure and score points when executing their playing style effectively.
The opening day of the tournament saw wins for Argentina, France, New Zealand, and South Africa. As the Junior Wallabies now sit atop Pool B, they face a crucial match against Ireland on Thursday.
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