Baby Boks crash out of JWC
Vannes - The Baby Boks have suffered the heartbreak of conceding a last-minute try and conversion to be edged out of the Junior World Championships 18-17 by Wales in Vannes, France on Tuesday.
The Baby Boks went into the half-time break leading 7-6.
The Baby Boks had twice come from behind to hold the lead in the final quarter and looked on course for a place in Sunday’s final and a chance to retain the world crown they won in Cape Town 12 months ago. GALLERY: Baby Boks v Wales
Lock forward Irné Herbst collected a short throw at the front of the lineout to crash over for the first try and give South Africa a 7-6 lead on the half hour.
Then, replacement flank Kwagga Smith, reclaimed the lead for South Africa with the second try on the hour to make it 14-11.
Handré Pollard had converted both tries and added a penalty to give South Africa a 17-11 with five minutes remaining.
However, Wales right wing Ashley Evans dived on flyhalf Sam Davies
’ chip into the in goal area and Davies then converted from wide out on the right to give Wales a last-gasp victory.Scorers: South Africa – 17: Tries:
Irne Herbst, Kwagga Smith; Conversions:
Handré Pollard (2); Penalty:
PollardWales – 18: Tries:
Ellis Jenkins, Ashley Evans; Conversion: Sam Davies
; Penalties: Sam Davies
(2) Teams:South Africa:
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Dries Swanepoel
, 12 Handré Pollard, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ruan Steenkamp (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Irné Herbst, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Andrew Beerwinke
Substitutes: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Aidon Davis, 19 Kwagga Smith, 20 Percy Williams, 21 Justin Geduld, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Marné CoetzeeWales:
15 Jordan Williams, 14 Ashley Evans, 13 Steffan Hughes, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Sam Davies
, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Ieuan Jones, 7 Ellis Jenkins (captain), 6 Sion Bennett, 5 Rhodri Hughes, 4 Jack Jones, 3 Nicky Thomas, 2 Ethan Lewis, 1 Gareth Thomas
Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Daniel Suter, 19 James Benjamin, 20 Daniel Thomas
, 21 Joshua Davies, 22 Aaron Warren, 23 Thomas Pascoe