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For plucky Portugal, it’s wait until next year. Ahead 34-28 with the clock running down, Japan scored from a maul at the try line to eke out a thrilling 35-34 victory. The Baby Brave Blossoms will return to the U20 Championship next year to replace a demoted Scotland, which will compete in the 2021 U20 Trophy.
Portugal were up at the half 21-14, continuing the lead in the second period to 29-21, and, later, to 34-28. Both fifteens missed long penalty kicks. The entire game of two-hours can be seen at:
Tonga edged out Uruguay 29-27 for the Bronze medal. Both national teams will compete in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Tonga play in Pool B with the USA, Argentina, France, and England.
Canada overpowered a weak Kenya side 52-13 for fifth place.
Finally, host nation Brazil won their first ever U20 Trophy match by beating Hong Kong 32-29 for seventh place.