2007 IRB Pacific Nations Cup

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2007 IRB Pacific Nations Cup
Tournament details
Countries  Australia A
 Fiji
 Japan
New Zealand Junior All Blacks
 Samoa
 Tonga
Tournament format(s) Round-robin
Date 25 May - 24 June 2007
Tournament statistics
Teams 6
Matches played 15
Attendance 89,830 (5,989 per match)
Tries scored 92 (6.13 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Clinton Schifcofske (Australia A)
(64 points)
Top try scorer(s) Ryan Cross (Australia A)
Lachlan Turner (Australia A)
(4 tries)
Final
Champions New Zealand Junior All Blacks (2nd title)
Runner-up  Australia A
Official website IRB Pacific Nations Cup
2006 (Previous) (Next) 2008

The 2007 IRB Pacific Nations Cup was a rugby union competition held between six Pacific Rim sides; Australia A, Fiji, Japan, Samoa, Tonga and the Junior All Blacks (New Zealand's second XV). This was the first year that Australia A had competed – Australia had declined the invitation to compete in the inaugural competition in 2006 because they wanted to focus on their domestic competition, but on 18 October 2006 it was announced that they would send their second XV. For this reason, the inaugural tournament was renamed the Pacific Nations Cup instead of the IRB Pacific Five Nations as it had been called in 2006.

The tournament was a round-robin of 15 games where each team played one match against each of the others. There are four points for a win, two points for a draw and none for a defeat. There are also bonus points offered with one bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match and one bonus point for losing by 7 points or less.

New Zealand's Junior All Blacks won the Cup for the second time in Round 4, gaining an unbeatable lead after beating Australia A 50–0 in Dunedin.[1]

Table[edit]

2007 IRB Pacific Nations Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 New Zealand Junior All Blacks 5 5 0 0 228 34 +194 34 4 5 0 25
2  Australia A 5 3 1 1 172 104 +68 22 14 2 0 16
3  Samoa 5 3 0 2 96 67 +29 12 8 1 0 13
4  Fiji 5 1 1 3 70 115 -45 9 15 1 2 9
5  Tonga 5 1 0 4 69 184 -115 10 25 0 1 5
6  Japan 5 1 0 4 51 182 -131 5 26 0 0 4
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

25 May 2007
19:30 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia A Australia 60 – 15  Tonga
Try: Turner (3)
Cross (2)
Polota-Nau
Hewat
Schifcofske
Con: Schifcofske (6)
Hewat
Pen: Schifcofske (2)
Report
Stats
Try: Kiole
Tupou
Con: Apikotoa
Pen: Apikotoa
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 5,912
Referee: Taizo Hirabayashi (Japan)

26 May 2007
13:00 (UTC+12)
Fiji  30 – 15  Japan
Try: T. Rawaqa
Talei
Qera
Neivua
Con: T. Rawaqa (2)
Pen: T. Rawaqa (2)
Stats Try: Tachikawa
Thompson
Con: Ando
Pen: Ando
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Federico Cuesta (Argentina)

26 May 2007
15:00 (UTC-11)
Samoa  10 – 31 New Zealand Junior All Blacks
Try: Lemi
Con: G. Williams
Pen: G. Williams
Report
Stats
Try: Afoa
R. Gear (2)
Tuiali'i
Filipo
Con: Donald (3)
Apia Park, Apia
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)

Round 2[edit]

2 June 2007
13:00 (UTC+12)
Fiji  8 – 57 New Zealand Junior All Blacks
Try: Lovobalavu
Con: Buatava
Report Try: Laulala
Ellis
Jane
R. Gear
Tuiali'i
Penalty try
Hamilton
Tu'ipulotu
Con: Donald (4)
Brett (3)
Pen: Donald
Post Fiji Stadium, Suva
Attendance: 21,988
Referee: Paul Marks (Australia)

2 June 2007
13:30 AEST (UTC+10)
Tonga  17 – 20  Japan
Try: Tupou
H. Tonga'uiha
Lilo
Con: Apikotoa
Report
Stats
Try: Endo
Watanabe[2]
Con: Ando (2)
Pen: Ando (2)

2 June 2007
15:30 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia A Australia 27 – 15  Samoa
Try: Polota-Nau
Mumm
Beale
Con: Schifcofske (2/2)
Hewat (1/1)
Pen: Schifcofske (2/3)
Report
Stats
Try: Va'a
Thompson
Con: G. Williams (1/2)
Pen: G. Williams (1/1)

Round 3[edit]

19 May 2007[3]
15:00 (UTC-11)
Samoa  8 – 3  Fiji
Try: M. Schwalger 25' m
Con: Crichton (0/1)
Pen: Crichton (0/1)
Williams 78'
Report
Stats
Pen: T. Rawaqa (1/1) 3'
Buatava (0/1)

9 June 2007
13:00 (UTC+13)
Tonga  13 – 39 New Zealand Junior All Blacks
Try: Lilo (2)
Pen: Lilo
Report
Stats
Try: Filipo
Witcombe
Holah
Tu'ipulotu
Tuitavake
Hamilton
Con: Brett (3)
Pen: Brett

9 June 2007
18:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia A Australia 71 – 10  Japan
Try: Holmes (3)
Cross (2)
Schifcofske
Sare
Hardy
S. Ma'afu
Beale
Con: Schifcofske (9)
Pen: Schifcofske
Report
Stats
Try: Robins
Con: K. Ono
Pen: K. Ono
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 4,745
Referee: James Bolabiu (Fiji)

Round 4[edit]

16 June 2007
14:00 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  3 – 13  Samoa
Pen: Ando
Report
Stats
Try: Fa'atau
Con: Crichton
Pen: Crichton (2)
Yurtec Stadium, Sendai
Attendance: 7,905
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)

16 June 2007
14:30 (UTC+12)
Fiji  15 – 21  Tonga
Try: Leawere
Lovobalavu
Con: Luvenivali
Pen: Luvenivali
Report
Stats
Try: Hufanga
Lutui
Vahafolau
Pen: Lemoto (2)
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)


Round 5[edit]

23 June 2007
15:00 (UTC-11)
Samoa  50 – 3  Tonga
Try: Johnston (2)
Lemi (2)
Ulia
M. Schwalger
Al. Tuilagi
Con: Crichton (4)
Lui (2)
Pen: Crichton
Report
Stats
Pen: Hola

23 June 2007
15:00 (UTC+12)
Fiji  14 – 14  Australia A
Try: Bolavucu (2)
Con: Luveniyali (2)
Report Try: Turner
Pen: Shepherd (2)
Schifcofske

24 June 2007
14:00 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  3 – 51 New Zealand Junior All Blacks
Pen: Ando
Report
Stats
Try: Crockett
Tu'ipulotu
Brett
Tuitavake
Nonu
Wulf
Donald (2)
Con: Brett (2)
Donald (2)
Pen: Brett
Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 13,123
Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)

Top scorers[edit]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Junior All Blacks Clinch IRB Pacific Nations Cup, Pacific Magazine, 18 June 2007.
  2. ^ IRB and scrum.com reports disagree on second try scorer. IRB data used.
  3. ^ Early date due to pre-existing Test commitments
  4. ^ IRB and scrum.com disagree on try scorers. IRB data used.