Baby Boks aim to regain pride

2011-06-19 19:18

Cape Town - SA Under-20 captain Arno Botha insists that the Baby Boks will be looking to bounce back following their 26-20 defeat against England as they prepare to face Ireland on Wednesday (20h10) in the battle for fifth place at the IRB Junior World Championship.

The South Africans missed out on a semi-final position due to the defeat and an inferior points differential to Australia, who conceded a 31-25 defeat to France in their third Pool C game played in Treviso.

"There's been a great fighting spirit in the squad during the last couple of weeks, and while we were disappointed at Saturday's defeat against England, I believe the players are going to stand up and aim to end this tournament on a high,” said Botha.

"All of us who were involved in Saturday night's defeat know that we let ourselves down. We let ourselves down, our coaches, management team and South Africa. We know we are capable of much better performances than what we have showed here in Italy. There are two more games left in the tournament, and all we can do for now, is simply to win both those matches.

"Our goals for the tournament naturally have changed, and we now want to ensure that we leave Italy with four wins from five matches."

The SA Under-20 team for Wednesday's clash against Ireland will be announced on Tuesday.

The Baby Boks secured a 42-26 victory over Ireland during their Pool C clash played in Treviso on Tuesday after they opened their 2011 campaign with a 33-0 win over Scotland in Padova.

The South Africans spent the day in picturesque Venice after they completed their post match recovery sessions.

England, who defeated South Africa, will take on France in the first semi-final played on Wednesday in Treviso, while champions New Zealand will continue their title defence against Australia at the same venue.


  • Francois - 2011-06-19 19:51

    Why does it take a defeat to make you stand up?

      FearoPhobia - 2011-06-19 21:29

      Well you can't really stand up from victory?

      dante - 2011-06-19 22:38

      you should stand up before you loose lying down einstein.anyway the bokkies are playing for a 5th spot now.three tries against one says it all.holding on to the ball for long enough(till you score) and defence seemed to be the problem.

      FearoPhobia - 2011-06-20 06:34

      @dante, er.... I know. It's called a sense of humor? Also, don't call other people Einstein when you don't know the difference between 'loose' and 'lose'. Just saying.

  • enema_malema - 2011-06-19 20:44

    They lacked any immagination, same old same old, IF A PLAN IS NOT WORKING, CHANGE IT. There was no way thru those poms, but we tried the whole game. Also too many basic mistakes.

  • get.go.richard - 2011-06-19 21:01

    They were really crap on Saturday night against England and should not only have stopped the two English tries - they simply missed tackles - but should also have scored on a few occasions, but the player with the ball either took the wrong option, or ended up with no support...a poor effort, I thought...

  • OZNOB - 2011-06-19 21:34

    only those who have walked the lonely road of defeat understand the true joy of victory

      dante - 2011-06-19 22:44

      true.must admit being part of a team that always wins doesnt make you rejoice that much but being part of a team that always loose and winning once brings immence joy.

  • southernwood - 2011-06-19 21:43

    They must learn how to catch the ball especially when the try-line is so close !

  • red - 2011-06-20 00:42

    Jaco Tautes defence was shocking !! for a player that is part of a Super Rugby team , surely he should have better defensive skills. And sorry , but anywhere you look , your wings HAVE to be big , that number 14 on the right buthered 2 easy trys , he definitely is not good enough or big enough for that level.

      Dolittle - 2011-06-20 07:13

      unfortunately, the team has to be approved by the ANCYL, hence the reason why RSA choses small players, most of them looking like soccer players. If you look carefully the team is very representative of the demographics of the South African population (just do not see the Indians & Chinese coming through though, SARFU has a bit of work to do here). Winning is not important, representation is everything. Power to the People!

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-06-20 04:55

    Too many played as individuals and a few players dropped the ball on the tryline more than once. Dawie you get one more go to win it or you get sacked. You took one of the most powerful teams in the tournament and lost. Shame on you all.

      sonnyg - 2011-06-20 07:32

      100% correct. That is probaly one of the most talented teams we sent. I said it in the first two games against Scotland and the Irish, too manny glory boys and we are not playing like a team. Those two games cost us, we should have put atleast 60 points past both of those teams.

  • veryhandsome - 2011-06-20 09:50

    One of the most powerfull teams did buggerall against England , shame. South Africa is a world super house in rugby , how we lost to England is a shame ,

  • semloh - 2011-06-20 13:53

    What a rubbish format for this tournament. Boks lose one Pool match and we out but more importantly a team from another pool (Aussies) go through after also losing one match. They go through on points difference but they played different (weaker) opposition in their own pool thus scored some big wins in lop sided matches.....rubbish......

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