Cape Town - The Junior Springboks scored their third consecutive
bonus-point win on Wednesday at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship
when they overpowered Australia Under-20 by 46-13 to qualify for the semi-finals
of the world event.
As it happened: Baby Boks v Australia
The South Africans, who led 20-3 at half-time, finished first
overall on the combined points table and will play fourth-placed England on
Monday, June 15 in the semi-finals. New Zealand will play France in the
South Africa started the match in dominant fashion when they
overpowered Australia in two early scrums. After having worked their way
towards the Aussie tryline, flank Jacques Vermeulen broke through untouched
to give his team a 7-0 minute lead in the third minute.
Australia got their first points on the board through an
Andrew Deegan penalty after Leolin Zas was penalised for an illegal tackle
Flyhalf Brandon Thomson hit the mark in the 12th
minute with a penalty after the Aussies were caught on the wrong side of a ruck
(10-3) as South Africa piled on the pressure and their accurate kicking game
gaining good ground deep into Australian territory.
In the 18th minute prop Ox Nche was on hand to
take a final pass and dive over for the second try of the evening. Thomson
kicked the two points on offer from an acute angle to stretch the SA lead to
The two teams enjoyed the water break at the 20 minute mark
with South Africa well in control.
With just four minutes left on the clock Thomson kicked his
second penalty of the evening to put South Africa 20-3 ahead.
After the restart, right wing Khanyo Ngcukana ran in to
score from 30m meters out after prop Nche had executed a brilliant hit on
Deegan. Thomson converted and SA was now 27-3 in the lead after 49 minutes.
With Cameron Orr (prop) yellow carded for a repeated offense
in the scrum, Thomson scored South Africa’s bonus point try after 61
minutes to take the score to 34-3.
Jason Jenkins, the No 4 lock, showed a mean burst of speed
to outflank the cover defence and slide over in the left hand corner and score
try number five (39-3). Australia hit back with their first try through inside
centre Duncan Paia’uau to cut the deficit to 39-8.
A cancelled Leolin Zas try, adjudged from a forward pass did
not dampen the attacking effort and Zas was rewarded minutes when he score
under the posts (46-8).
The Aussie captain, Andrew Kellaway (left wing) scored out
wide after Dan du Preez was yellow-carded for illegal play, leaving SA with
only 13 players until the end of the match.
Tries: Jacques Vermeulen, Ox Nche, Khanyo
Ngcukana, Brandon Tomson, Jason Jenkins, Leolin Zas
Conversions: Thomson (4),
Tinus de Beer
Penalties: Thomson (2)
Tries: Duncan Paia’uau, Andrew Kellaway
Penalty: Andrew Deegan