France, playing in their maiden final, fed off the cacophony of noise created by the 17,700 strong crowd to avenge their loss to England in the Six Nations in March and cap off a remarkable year that has seen them win that title and the World Championship crown. It was a second final loss in a row for England after they suffered a record loss to New Zealand 12 months ago in Georgia, but both sides played their part in an enthralling conclusion to the premier age-grade competition.
There was further cause for celebration for France after their 17-year-old number eight Jordan Joseph was named the Breakthrough Player of the Tournament in association with Tudor.
All six matches on the final day took place in Béziers with South Africa battling back to beat New Zealand 40-30 to claim the bronze medal and Australia finishing fifth after a 41-15 victory over Argentina. Wales finished seventh for the second year in a row after seeing off Italy 34-17, while Georgia recorded their second Six Nations scalp and highest ever finish of ninth after beating Scotland 39-31.
The day's opening match brought joy for Ireland and dismay for Japan, who will play in the World Rugby U20 Trophy in 2019 after losing a thrilling 11th place play-off to Ireland 39-33.
Eastern Cape - Hudson Park has beaten Grens 24-14 as expected with Selborne College not sweating a lot in their win of 56-10 against Stirling. Muir had to work very hard against Cillie to win 15-0 with the first big surprise in the Eastern Cape the loss of Graeme College against Union High (13-14). Union breaking a 24-year drought in this match in which they just refused Graeme College any rhythm.
KwaZulu-Natal - Glenwood came out all guns firing beating Maritzburg College 41-0 even after a Glenwood was inactive for two weeks. Glenwood still unbeaten with realistically only Grey College to threaten the unbeaten record. DHS and Kearsney were in a try fest which could have gone either way but DHS winning 41-34 at the end. Hilton College finished their season unbeaten against Michaelhouse (26-11).
-NoordVaal - EG Jansen on a high after their win against Transvalia and the narrow loss against Helpmekaar came up against a Monnas team tired of their below-par performances. Although there was no defence to speak of the mighty forwards of Monnas caused havoc and won 62-36. The match between Helpmekaar and Menlopark was a much closer affair with Helpmekaar winning 30-32. A yellow card issued for a high tackle let to an immediate penalty trie to Menlopark who also scored a converted trie and converted a further penalty to in the period that the Helpmekaar player was in the sin bin. Menlopark scored 17 points to lead 30-25 after the 10 minutes.
Noordheuwel scored a close win of 28-24 against Rustenburg after their shock defeat at the hands of Kempton Park last weekend. St John's had to work very hard to beat a St Benedict's time who's only intention was to win this match. St Alban's travelled to St Stithians and went home with a well-deserved win of 34-24.
Western Cape - Only two games were played that I know of with DF Malan beating Hugenote 29-12 and Weston winning 20-10 against Cederberg Academy.
Auckland Premier 1A - St Kentigern College still unbeaten and on top of the log after an impressive win of 29-0 against Dilworth College. Second-placed Sacred Heart made sure that they are not forgotten in this race, now only trailing by 3 log points after their win against De La Salle College (29-0) with third-placed St Peter's won in a very one-sided match against Aorere College (69-0).
Central North Island 1stXV - Feilding high seemingly in a one-horse race maintained their unbeaten status beating second-placed St Peter's Cambridge (24-5).
North Harbour Canon - Westlake Boys High who drew with Takapuna Grammar are still the two leaders in this competition with Takapuna Grammar in an impressive win against Rosmini College (34-19). Westlake with an easy win against Rangitoto College (45-5) made sure of their championship hopes being kept alive.
Super Eight - Hamilton Boys High, Rotorua Bous High and Napier Boys High are the unbeaten teams at this stage. Hamilton Boys High's victory against early log leaders Palmerston North Boys High (28-25) the most significant. Napier Boys High had to work hard initially to beat Hastings Boys High 27-7 while Rotorua Boys High had an easy game against struggling Gisborne Boys High (41-5).
UC Championship - Christchurch Boys High still unbeaten after 7 games after a victory of 22-5 against St Bede's College. 2nd placed Christ College match was postponed while 3rd place Lincoln Combined kept their hopes alive with an 11-0 victory against Timaru Boys High. But seemingly a one-horse race?
Wellington Premiership - St Patrick's Silverstream is still unbeaten after a relaxing day on the park beating Rongotai College 65-0. In the fight for the second place, Scots College had a surprisingly easy win against now third place St Patrick's Town (36-15).