Cape Town - The Junior Springboks scored
six tries in each half to score a convincing 78-31 victory over Argentina
Under-20 on Friday in Saldanha Bay on the West Coast.
The encounter was the first of three
matches as the two teams fine-tune their preparations for the Junior World
Championship 2014, to be held during June in New Zealand.
South Africa Under-20 led 38-14 at half-time.
Despite choosing to play against a stiff
breeze in the first half, the Junior Springboks quickly built up an impressive
31-0 lead inside 19 minutes. However, the visitors gradually found their rhythm
and managed to score four tries, two apiece either side of half-time to bring
the score to 45-26 at one stage.
South Africa Under-20 try scorers were
Daniel du Plessis (2), Wilco Louw (2), Corniel Els (2), Dan du Preez (2), Duhan
van der Merwe (2), Jaco van der Walt and Sergeal Petersen. Van der Walt kicked
For Argentina Pedro Ortega, Federico
Gimenez, Felipe Arregui (2), Emiliano Borelli scored tries while Borelli also
kicked three conversions.
Afterwards, Baby Bok coach Dawie Theron
attributed the good start to the time his squad has spent together at their
“We tried a new approach this year, to keep
the players a bit longer during our training camp, and although it is early
days you could clearly see the result,” said Theron.
The SA U20 coach mentioned he was satisfied
that his team managed to keep their momentum and ability to stick to their game
plan. However, he warned Argentina will be a lot better prepared for the second
encounter on Tuesday in Stellenbosch.
“They are a good side with a lot of
potential and I expect them to come very hard at us in Stellenbosch.”
Theron was not too pleased with the tries
his team conceded, and attributed it to some lapses of concentration either
side of half-time. Theron confirmed he will have several players available for
Tuesday who did duty in this weekend’s Vodacom Cup quarterfinals.
“Overall, the result was very satisfying,
but it’s very early days and we will work hard during our two training sessions
on Sunday,” added Theron.
The next match is Tuesday at 15:00 at Paul
Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch and the final encounter takes place next
Saturday at City Park in Crawford, Cape Town.