Baby Boks down Ireland

2011-06-14 22:17

Cape Town - The SA Under-20s secured their second victory at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championships on Tuesday after recording a 42-26 win over Ireland in Treviso.

The Baby Boks notched up their second bonus win of the tournament after running in five tries to the two scored by their opponents. The South Africans achieved a 33-0 win over Scotland during their opening match played in Padova on Friday.

Centre and vice captain Francois Venter scored a brace of tries while, lock Eben Etzebeth, winger Wandile Mjekevu and captain Arno Botha were the other try-scorers for the Baby Boks. Flyhalf Johan Goosen kicked three conversions, two penalties and slotted a 40-meter drop goal to end the match with a personal points’ haul of 15.

Winger Andrew Conway scored a brace of tries which was converted by Ireland flyhalf James McKinney. The Ireland No.10 also kicked four penalties. Ireland looked to play an expansive game of rugby, however the resolute defensive effort from the Baby Boks ensured that the Irish only score two tries.

“It’s two out of two for us which was our primary objective for this game, and we managed to achieve the bonus points for scoring five tries,” said SA Under-20 coach Dawie Theron.

“But to be very honest, we spilled quite a number of try-scoring opportunities. We were not patient enough in the strike zone, and were guilty of forcing quite a number of passed when the correct option was simply to have patience.

There are few things we’ll have to work on as we look forward to our next challenge against England on Saturday, but I do believe there are more positives than negatives that were highlighted during this match.”

“We have to attempt to round off our point scoring opportunities, and against teams such as England, it could ultimately prove to be the difference between winning and losing. But I believe the guys are on track.

There were nine changes made to our starting lineup, so ultimately I am pleased that 25 players in our squad has enjoyed a bit of game time.”

South Africa – Tries: Francois Venter (2), Arno Botha, Eben Etzebeth, Wandile Mjekevu; Conversions: Johan Goosen (3); Penalties: Goosen (2); Drop goal: Goosen

Ireland – Tries: Andrew Conway; Conversions:  James McKinney (2); Penalties: McKinney (2)


  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-06-14 22:24

    I'm very impressed by the bulls ulrich beyers..arno botha...francois venter they are performing well in this world cup....

      Andy - 2011-06-15 05:39

      Hi Muzi, I'm impressed with the way our junior All Blacks (Colts) are playing. Both our countries are continuing with great rivalry for many years to come. Phewwwww, thank GOD, my previous politically correct sentence is over, Now down to business, we (NZ) are producing players that are incredible let alone young. Rugby is alive and well in the Antipodes as is RSA. Choice Bro. Great rugby to come mate. Kia Kaha

  • Splash D - 2011-06-15 06:03

    Eben Etzebeth, a monster once again...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 07:37

      And Nazaam Carr..... Certainly a few superstars in the making amongst this lot. Arno Botha and Eben Etsebeth top that list.

  • Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 06:33

    Firstly: What a performance by the Baby Boks. A couple of Superstars waiting in the wings. Secondly: May the idiot who copies everybody's profiles lose his fingers in a bilitong slicing accident. Thirdly: I've got a little challenge for you, SAFFA. You know what it is. I trust that if you pass the challenge you will notify me discreetly and that's where it stays.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 07:35

      Already know. Trying to trace the IP addie, and get the Android phone that is being useds MSISN number.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 07:53

      First time you have been so nice to each other,nice going

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 08:03

      Soul mates AGENT. We are meant to be together. FOREVER. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 08:04

      Almost forgot - Well done SAFFA, I'm proud of you.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 08:13

      Ok where is the real Ace? lol

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 08:33

      @Alwyn - read between the lines.....

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 08:56

      Did and the page is blank,hahahahahahahahah,i understand ,let the games begin

  • kosie - 2011-06-15 07:23

    now if only the sharks can wake up and buy all these centre's

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 08:15

      Kosie,welkom terug,sien jy sluip soos n nat drol terug na Saterdag se game,waar was jy al die tyd gewees? ons het begin bekommerrd raak.Bulls19 Chokers 16 in geval jy dit gemis het waar jy ook al in afsondering was

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 08:57

      Kosie ,sorry was die telling n skok,moenie weer verdwyn nie

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 09:42

      Ons sal weer n soek geselskap moet uit stuur vir Kosie

  • hardloop - 2011-06-15 07:25

    I think it's excellent that the Irish are learning to lose to the Boks at such an early stage of their careers. his will help them as they continue to be beaten on the reg over the next decade! Bring it home Baby Bokke!

  • sonnyg - 2011-06-15 08:23

    I was not impressed with the Baby boks last night. They are a much better team than that. That team has so much talent and I can see a few of those guys playing for the boks one day. I cant understand why you pick a massive forward pack and then you try and go wide on first phase and every opportunity you get. We played right into the irish hands. Too many forwards are hanging in the backline and not enough are hitting the rucks. Shelve this expansive apporach and play a more South Africa style of play we are never going to be a running team like the AB's we must play to our strength's. That is why Jake White was succesfull at junior level is because he stuck SA strengths. The score line completly flattered the baby boks. On another note, boy are their some talented player's of color in that team. Fantastic to see, the day's of qouta players has truly come to a end.

      Andy - 2011-06-15 09:21

      Check out NZ's score against Wales boy'O, record breaking stuff........the score flattered the Welsh

      sonnyg - 2011-06-15 09:25

      @Andy, Thats my point we are not going to beat the baby blacks with a expansive approach. We have to beat them like we normally beat any NZ side by smashing them physically and keeping it close to the ruck and not hitting the wide channels and we have the players to do it. Our 1 and 3 were complete passengers in the last 10 min of the game because they were finished from chaceing the ball.

  • Makutu - 2011-06-15 08:28

    These boys can play rugby!

  • Claude - 2011-06-15 09:50

    I am not at all impressed with sport 24s coverage of this event - they could not even get the Irish team names on their monosyllabic live commentary let alone the Irish score. They bury the event in the news and do not show it in the Rugby forums. Well done Baby Boks.

  • Bosveld - 2011-06-15 09:58

    Well done Baby Boks. I am optimistic about the future of rugby in our country.

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