Rugby: Junior Wallabies stun NZ in Oceania championships

Northland's Scott Gregory playing for New Zealand.
Northland's Scott Gregory playing for New Zealand. Photo credit: Getty

The Junior Wallabies have claimed a historic 24-0 win over the New Zealand Baby Blacks to win the Oceania U20s Championship for the first time.

In front of a 2136-strong crowd at Bond University on the Gold Coast, the Junior Wallabies beat New Zealand for just the second time, finishing the tournament undefeated.

The result provides some positive headlines for Australian rugby, with the Israel Folau controversy dominating news around the world.

Openside flanker McReight and winger Triston Reilly were Australia's try-scorers, with promising five-eighth Will Harrison adding 14 points with his boot.

Both tries came in the second half with Harrison kicking four first-half penalty goals, which gave Australia a 12-0 halftime lead.

There was much jubilation at fulltime after the Junior Wallabies had denied New Zealand a fourth straight Oceania title in thoroughly deserving fashion.

"We have prepped well for a good performance tonight, and the boys delivered," said Junior Wallabies coach Jason Gilmore.

"The most pleasing aspect was to keep our opposition scoreless in our last two matches.

"Winning is a habit, and we aimed to win this tournament, which is a great effort."

New Zealand and Australia will now ramp up preparations for next month's World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Argentina. The Baby Blacks face Georgia, Scotland and South Africa in pool play.