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New Zealand Under 20s come under heavy fire for foul play incidents

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France have clinched a strong 16-7 win over New Zealand at the Under 20s World Championship to reach their first ever final at this level, however, post-match attention has been drawn to controversial play by the NZ 'Baby Blacks'.

Les Bleuets were cheered on by a sold-out crowd of 15,000 at the Aime-Giral Stadium in Perpignan as they showed excellent attacking intent to pile the pressure on their opponents.

New Zealand entered the match as defending champions, but found themselves 3-0 down at half-time with the battle between the two best attacking lines in the tournament exposing gaps in the Kiwi defense. 

France's pressure paid dividends just three minutes into the second-half when Romain Ntamack crossed the line for the first try of the game and, following a successful conversion, left the Kiwi's trailing 10-0.

Further penalties left the score at 16-0 before New Zealand finally managed to get their act together, all too little too late, scoring a try and converting in the 70th minute to make the score 16-7 at the final whistle.

The game has been marred by controversy, however, with replays of incidents during the game revealing some serious misconduct by the NZ players.

One particular incident, which appears to show a a New Zealand player stamping on his prone French counterpart, has drawn criticism from Twitter users.

See the incident below.

Understandably, people were incensed by the stamp itself, but also by the reaction of the referee who appears to be right on top of the incident and yet didn't show a card to the offending player.

This all followed a first-half incident with a swinging arm going into a tackle which suggests that the 'Baby Blacks' weren't holding back on their opponents.

Twitter users suggested this incident was more conclusive than the stamp and yet still went unpunished.

France go through to the final against England on Sunday, albeit slightly battered and bruised following incidents in this match.

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