La Roche-sur-Yon - South Africa Under-20 started the defence of their IRB
Junior World Championship title with a comprehensive 97-0 victory over the
United States on Wednesday at La Roche sur Yon.
Wing Seabelo Senatla scored four times to equal the JWC
record for most tries scored by an individual in a single match.
The Junior Springboks lead 54-0 at half-time thanks to nine
tries in an action-packed first half.
GALLERY: Baby Boks v USA
The defending champions were relentless in their assault on
the United States tryline. Junior Springbok captain Ruan Steenkamp missed a
chance to turn the scoreboard over to 100 points for his team when he lost the
ball over the tryline during the last movement of the match.
Centre Handré Pollard got the Junior Springboks on the
scoreboard with an early penalty, but he struggled thereafter with his
conversion attempts. Flyhalf Robert du Preez then took over the kicking duties
The South African backs were full of enterprise and
dangerous whenever they were running with the ball while the forward laid the
platform with some impressive drives and skilful play throughout the entire
Replacement fullback Jessie Kriel slotted in well at the
back where he took over from Cheslin Kolbe, who was very good with ball in
hand. Kolbe scored a try before he was replaced in the second half.
Dawie Theron, the South Africa Under-20 coach, was
understandably pleased with his team’s performance.
“It was good to get the first match out of the way. However,
I cautioned the guys that this is an extremely tough competition and that we
will keep our feet firmly on the ground.
“There are still two tough pools matches waiting for us
against England and home team France. Our backs did the job for us but they
could only do so because our forwards laid the platform with some really good,
hard work up front,” said Theron.
South Africa next play England on Sunday at the same venue.
England beat hosts France 30-6.
South Africa Under-20:
Tries: Andrew Beerwinkel,
Cheslin Kolbe, Seabelo Senatla (4), Ruan Steenkamp, Justin Geduld (2), Jacques
du Toit, Jesse Kriel (2), Michael Willemse (2), Luther Obi (2)
Handré Pollard, Robert du Preez (6)
Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Justin Geduld, 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 Beerwinkel
Substitutes: 16 Michael
Willemse, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Aidon Davis, 19 Kwagga
Smith, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Dries Swanepoel, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Marné Coetzee
Results from the IRB Junior World Championship:
France 6-30 England
South Africa 97-0 USA
Ireland 19-15 Australia
New Zealand 59-6 Fiji
Wales 42-3 Samoa
Argentina 44-13 Scotland