- England – Tries: Earl, Mitchell, Bayliss Cons: Malins
- New Zealand – Tries: Papali'I, Rakete-Stones, Aumua 3, Walker-Leawere, Jacobson 2, McKay, Christie Cons: Perofeta 7
England were defeated by New Zealand in the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship after sustaining a 64-17 loss in Georgia.
They trailed 40-7 at the break with New Zealand scoring tries through Dalton Papali'I, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Asafo Aumua 2, Isaia Walker-Leawere and Luke Jacobson with Stephen Perofeta contributing 10 points.
England's try came from Ben Earl, which Max Malins converted.
Josh McKay and Alex Mitchell traded tries after the break before New Zealand added to their lead through Aumua and Tom Christie.
Josh Bayliss scored England's third score while Jacobson had a second and the final try of the game.
Defying the odds
The side had defied the odds to reach their fifth successive World Rugby U20 Championship final.
Heading into the tournament five members of the U20 Elite Performance Squad were called into the senior set up for the two-Test tour of Argentina while they also lost five key players to injury out in Georgia.
Nonetheless the side secured bonus-point victories over Samoa and Wales before beating Australia in their final pool game.
A late Zach Mercer try in the last four secured their place in Sunday's final but the Baby Blacks proved too strong.
Blistering Baby Blacks
New Zealand made a blistering start after Papali'i dived over a ruck to open the scoring and after consultation with the TMO it was awarded despite suspicions of a knock on.
Rakete-Stones was the next to barge over after New Zealand powered their way to England's line which Perofeta converted.
Malins and Perofeta both missed penalties before England had their first try of the game.
After going through several phases, Earl picked a fine line to scythe through the Baby Blacks midfield and cross unchallenged.
Randall prevented a certain try in the corner, forcing Tima Faingaanuku to knock on but moments later they had their third try with Aumua powering through the tackle of Darren Atkins in the corner.
The Baby Blacks scored a fourth after Walker-Leawere finished off Will Jordan’s break while soon after Aumua powered over from close range with Perofeta’s conversion taking the score to 33-7.
There was time for one more before the break, Jacobson going over in the corner which Perofeta converted for 40-7.
Mitchell makes an impact
McKay had try number seven for New Zealand before they were reduced to 14 men with Ezekiel Lindenmuth sent to the bin.
Mitchell came on for Randall and made an immediate impact sniping through with a quick tap and go to score.
Aumua scored hat trick as New Zealand hit 50 and Christie barged over for a ninth try before replacement James Grayson produced a moment of magic to send a kick over the New Zealand defence and into the hands of Bayliss who bundled over in the corner.
However, New Zealand had the final say, Jacobson powering through which Perofeta converted in the final action of the game.
England U20: 15. Tom Parton (London Irish), 14. Darren Atkins (Bath Rugby), 13. Will Butler (Worcester Warriors), 12. Jacob Umaga (Wasps), 11. Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins), 10. Max Malins (Saracens), 9. Harry Randall (Gloucester Rugby), 1. Ralph Adams-Hale (Saracens), 2. Joe Mullis (Gloucester Rugby), 3. Ciaran Knight (Gloucester Rugby), 4. Josh Caulfield (Exeter Chiefs), 5. Jack Nay (Saracens), 6. Dino Lamb (Harlequins), 7. Ben Earl (Saracens), 8. Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) captain.
Replacements: 16. Henry Walker (Gloucester Rugby), 17. Ollie Dawe (Bristol Rugby), 18. Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby), 19. Justin Clegg (Worcester Warriors), 20. Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby), 21. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), 22. James Grayson (Northampton Saints), 23. Paolo Odogwu (Sale Sharks).