World Rugby U20 Championship: New Zealand 42-10 Wales

Taine Basham scores in corner for Wales u20
Taine Basham scored Wales' only try of the game
World Rugby U20 Championship: New Zealand v Wales
New Zealand: (25) 42
Tries: Proctor, Sullivan, Christie, Mafileo, Roe Cons: Plummer (4) Pens: Plummer (3)
Wales: (10) 10
Tries: Basham Cons: Evans Pens: Evans

Wales under-20s could not take advantage of ill-discipline after going down 42-10 to defending champions New Zealand in Beziers.

Despite having three yellow cards, the junior All Blacks ran in five tries to take command of Pool A.

Their fly-half Harry Plummer added to their tally with 17 points from the boot.

Wales number eight Taine Basham scored Wales' only try after a super finish in the corner.

New Zealand had made eight changes to the side that beat Japan 67-0 earlier in the week, while Wales' only change from their 26-21 victory over Australia was enforced through injury.

Tommy Reffell of Wales and Ricky Jackson of New Zealand compete for the bal
Wales were captained by Leicester flanker Tommy Reffell

New Zealand struck first when a series of missed tackles saw centre Billy Proctor cross in the third minute.

Wales hit back from the restart, but a scoring opportunity was thwarted by a deliberate knock-on by full-back Vilimoni Koroi, for which he spent 10 minutes in the sin bin.

With the extra man, Basham found space out wide and skilfully grounded the ball before going into touch.

Back to full strength, New Zealand wing Bailyn Sullivan finished several phases of attack, with captain Tom Christie crossing shortly after.

But ill discipline struck again when flanker Tom Florence saw yellow for a no-arms tackle on Wales full-back Cai Evans.

Vilimoni Koroi
New Zealand full-back Vilimoni Koroi spent 10 minutes in the sin bin in the first half

Substitute prop Tevita Mafileo charged down a Ben Thomas kick to add his name to the score sheet in the second half, as did scrum-half Xavier Roe after a quick tap and go.

But there were to be two more yellow cards, one for Wales back row Lewis Ellis-Jones for not rolling away in the tackle and one for lock Tanielu Tele'a for a shoulder barge off the ball.

Wales play Japan on Thursday, 7 June (17:30 BST) at the Stade Aime-Giral in Perpignan in their final pool match.

New Zealand U20: Vilimoni Koroi; Bailyn Sullivan, Billy Proctor, Tanielu Tele'a, Caleb Clarke; Harry Plummer, Xavier Roe; Rob Cobb, Ricky Jackson, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, Laghlan McWannell, Will Tucker, Tom Florence, Tom Christie (capt), Devan Flanders.

Replacements: Flynn Thomas, Sione Asi, Tevita Mafileo, John Akau'ola-Laula, Will Tremain, Kaleb Trask, Scott Gregory, Leicester Faingaanuku.

Wales U20: Cai Evans (Ospreys); Joe Goodchild (Dragons), Corey Baldwin (Scarlets), Ioan Nicholas (Scarlets), Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets); Ben Jones (Cardiff Blues), Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues); Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues), Iestyn Harris (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Henry (Ospreys), Rhys Davies (Bath Rugby), Max Williams (Dragons), Tommy Reffell (capt, Leicester Tigers), Dan Davis (Scarlets), Taine Basham (Dragons).

Replacements: Dewi Lake (Ospreys), Rhys Davies (Scarlets), Will Davies-King (Cardiff Blues), Lewis Ellis-Jones (Scarlets), Lennon Greggains (Dragons), Harri Morgan (Ospreys), Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues), Dewi Cross (Ospreys).

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