Dargaville and Latu shine in opening round of Junior World Cup

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Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) representatives James Dargaville and Silatolu Latu have performed strongly for the Australian U20’s in their first round thrashing of Scotland 67-20 at the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa.

The Australians scored a total 11 tries to two, including six in the first half, to start the tournament in impressive fashion.

While happy with their first outing, Australian Under-20 coach David Nucifora said there was still work to be done before they face Argentina.

“It’s a good start but there’s plenty to work on,” Nucifora said.

“We’re still not happy with our defence, so we need to work on that to ensure everyone is on the same page.

“Other than that, we’ll just continue to work on the things we have been, like our ball retention and ball recycling.

“I’m happy with how we started and we can build from this.”

Dargaville, a Sydney University Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder (Civil Engineering)  scored Australia’s second try in the 16th minute, while Latu scored late in the match.

The Australian Under 20s now have a four-day break before facing Argentina at Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch at 10:45pm (AEST) on Friday 8 June.

Their final pool match will be against France at 12:45am (AEST) on Wednesday 13 June at Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

Tournament semi-finals will take place Sunday 17 June in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, with finals running Friday 22 June.

All of the Australian Under-20 games will be shown on Fox Sports, with their first and last pool games appearing live.

Australia versus Argentina will be shown on delay at 4:30am (AEST) Saturday 9 June on Fox Sports 2HD and Fox Sports 2.

Australia versus France will be shown live on Fox Sports 3HD and 3 at 12:30am (AEST) on Wednesday 13 June.