Two Bay Players run on for NZ U20s

Bay of Plenty’s Kaleb Trask, pictured here trying to tackle Manawatu’s first five-eighth Ben McColghan, in action for New Zealand in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship this morning in France. Photo: Kerry Marshall.

Bay of Plenty’s Kaleb Trask has played a key role for the New Zealand side in their opening World Rugby Under 20 Championship defeat of Japan in France.

The Rotorua Boys’ High old boy and current Bay of Plenty Academy member is one of two Bay players named in the starting lineup for this morning’s match (NZT), along with prop Tevita Mafileo.

First Five Trask kicked five conversions for the defending champions, as they cruised to a 67-0 win over tournament new boys Japan.

The kiwis started the match in dominant mood racing to a 31-0 lead after 20 minutes.  A strong second quarter fightback from the Japanese stemmed the tide though, and they were unlucky not to be on the scoreboard with a try turned down by the TMO.

Four more tries soon after halftime put the New Zealanders back on a roll, but again the Japanese rallied to limit the damage until the final minute when the 11th kiwi try rounded out the comprehensive victory.

The challenge now moves up a level for New Zealand Monday morning (NZT) as they take on Wales, 26-21 victors over Australia overnight.

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