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New Zealand's Under-19 team took out the 2004 International Rugby Board (IRB) U19 world championships in Durban on Monday, when they outmuscled their French counterparts - beating them 34-11 in the Final at the ABSA Stadium, in Durban.

The Kiwis outscored the French by four tries to one and that, as much as the scoreline, underlined their superiority on the day.

It was a game of contrasts, with the Kiwis far too clinical and powerful for their more flamboyant opponents. The Kiwis played controlled rugby and took their opportunities. But the French produced flashes of brilliance only and very little in terms of substance.

The French started the game at great pace and looked capable of staying with the Kiwis. In fact, they even took an early lead through a Robin Janisson penalty goal. But once the Kiwis got into top gear they were always in command. When the French had the ball in hand the Kiwi defenders hit them hard and often drove them back. In turn the Kiwis almost always breached the advantage line and made good ground with the ball in hand.

The French also kicked too much of their hard-earned possession away, while some silly handling mistakes also cost them dearly.

It is a game which showed that there is still lots of bright young talent coming through in New Zealand and the future looks bright for the 'Men in Black'.

* Earlier South Africa, coming back from being 31-17 down, secured third place when they beat England 38-31 in the third/fourth-place play-off. But the Baby Boks' victory was soured by accusations of biting levelled against them by their opponents.

Midway through the second half Australian referee Paul Marks spoke to South African captain, Pieter Louw, and cautioned him, pointing to a mark on an England player's arm and said: "That's clearly a bite, not again."

But in the end the South Africans came back, despite some poor discipline which saw them heavily penalised and a player sin-binned for repeated offences, and secured third place after winning the event in 2003.

* Romania won promotion to the top-flight for 2005 after beating Uruguay 30-7 in the Division B Final.

The first match of the day in Division A saw Argentina retain top-flight status at the cost of Italy, who are relegated to the lower division next year courtesy of Argentina's 58-3 win.

The scorers:

For New Zealand:
Tries: Po-Ching, Paterson, Read, Thrush
Cons: Nikora 4
Pens: Nikora 2

For France:
Try: Medard
Pens: Janisson, Bourret

The teams:

New Zealand Under-19: 15 Miah Nikora, 14 Luke Devcich, 13 Aaron Bankcroft, 12 Seminar Tinera-Manu, 11 James Somerset, 10 William Ripia, 9 Taniela Moa, 8 Mikaele Tuu'u, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Kieran Read, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Travis Church, 2 Lance Po-Ching, 1 Jamie MacKintosh.

France Under-19: 15 Florian Denos, 14 Mathieu Bourret, 13 Thibault Lacroix, 12 Maxime Medard, 11 Nicolas Pardo, 10 Robin Janisson, 9 Fabien Cibray, 8 Florent Fourcade, 7 Steeve Malonga, 6 Thomas Dhallhuin, 5 Loic Jacquet, 4 Denys Drozdz, 3 Yohan Montes, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Florian Cazalot.
 
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