New Zealand U20 33-22 England U20

New Zealand's Mitchell Scott is tackled by England's Henry Thomas
New Zealand's Mitchell Scott is tackled by England's Henry Thomas

England suffered defeat in the final of the Junior World Championship as New Zealand were crowned champions for a fourth successive time.

New Zealand, who have won 20 successive matches and never lost in the under-20 tournament, were rewarded for superior kicking throughout the 33-22 victory.

Each side scored three tries and England dominated periods of the game.

But fly-half Gareth Anscombe converted every New Zealand try and kicked four penalties to lead his side to victory.

England closed to within 23-22 near the hour but the Baby Blacks' defence tightened and full-back Beauden Barrett's 74th-minute try secured the title.

It is the third time New Zealand have beaten England in the final of the competition.