The Baby Blacks are in to the World Rugby U20 championship final after thumping the French 45-7 this morning. It was a remarkable victory with Tevita Li scoring a hat-trick and securing the record for the top try scorer in the history of the championships.
The elation was etched on their faces, a place in the final.
Tevita Li says,"we knew what the french was gonna bring to us, we wanted to match that and I'm really proud of the boys tonight and it was a good victory.”
Otere Black says, “Once we play down the right end of the field we're dangerous, instead of putting pressure on ourselves we try and build it and put it on them.”
The French started well, getting over the try line first after a driving mall.
That's where it ended for the opposition, from then on it was all about the young New Zealanders.
Winger, Li added another three tries to his total try tally of thirteen which not only helped his team get a final's berth but also a record as the top try scorer.
Tevita Li says, "I'm just the guy that finishes out wide so i give the credit to the guys the hard work they do and I just take the scraps."
Ngāpuhi's Akira Ioane grabbed a couple of scraps too and the ever calm Otere Black slotted all seven goals.
The team won't be celebrating for too long though, all eyes will be on the final.
Otere Black says, “Our job's not done yet, we're happy where we are and celebrate the win but we've got one more to go and then we can bring it home"
The Baby Blacks will play defending champs England in the final on Saturday.