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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Junior All-Americans Beat Hong Kong

Hanco Germishuys has scored five tries in two matches.
The Junior All-Americans are still alive in the hunt for promotion at the Junior World Rugby Trophy thanks to a 32-12 win over Hong Kong. Spain beat Namibia earlier in the day 40-22 to lead the pool. However, the U.S. will play Spain on Wednesday and if they can pick up all five points and limit Spain to just one they will advance. It will come down to tiebreakers if the teams have the same points. Below is a press release from World Rugby.

Press Release

USA skipper Hanco Germishuys was in the thick of the action for the second game running, adding to his hat-trick of tries in round one with a brace against a Hong Kong side still looking for their first win in 10 outings at the U20 Trophy.

The number 8 also picked up a yellow card in a 32-12 victory for the Junior All-Americans that was only sealed with two tries in the final quarter.

After being blown away in the first half an hour against Samoa in their opening game, Hong Kong knew it was imperative to get off to a good start. But it was the Junior all-Americans who took the lead despite being down to 14 men when Devin Lim was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle on Roddy Giles.

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Lim’s centre partner, Brian Hannon, broke through and crossed halfway before finding Travis Heer on his shoulder. Heer was left with a clear run to the line and Ben Cima added the extras.

Hong Kong eventually got a foothold in the game when hard-working flanker Jonathan Healy burrowed his way over from close range after Giles had opted to kick a penalty to the corner instead of going for goal. Giles’ conversion cannoned back off the upright.


Superb handling from USA led to the next try of the game. The Junior All-Americans produced offload after offload with the impressive Malon Al-Jiboori supplying the telling pass for number 8 and captain Hanco Germishuys to rampage his way over the try line.

Germishuys' joy turned to despair, however, when the referee penalised his side six times in a row and the South African-born player paid the price with a yellow card a minute before the interval.

Hong Kong were unable to find a way over the line in his absence but they did score on 57 minutes to put themselves right back in the game, at 16-12 down, when centre Liam Owens weaved his way through the traffic inside the USA 22 for a well-taken try.

Germishuys took it upon himself to make sure there wasn’t a repeat of Tuesday’s late heartache against Namibia with a try from a quickly taken tap penalty five metres out.

Al-Jiboori, who has a touch of rising England star Maro Itoje about him, concluded the scoring after Hong Kong failed to deal with an up and under on halfway. The bouncing ball fell in the direction of replacement prop, Mason Pederson, who expertly drew his man and passed to Al-Jiboori who had plenty of gas left in the tank to finish from 25 metres.

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