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England end Baby Boks' hopes

2011-06-18 22:38

Cape Town - The South Africa U20s conceded their first defeat in the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship on Saturday evening after going down 26-20 to England in their final Pool C clash played in Padova.

The Baby Boks secured a bonus point for losing by six points, but missed out on a semi-final position due to the loss and an inferior points differential to Australia who conceded a 31-25 defeat to France in their third Pool C game played in Treviso.

Flyhalf Johan Goosen kicked five penalties while South Africa's only try of the match was scored by Western Province's Nizaam Carr.

England ran in three five pointers which were scored by winger Christian Wade, centre Elliot Daly and eighthman Alex Gray. Flyhalf George Ford slotted three penalties and converted Wade's try.

The Baby Boks had opportunities to snatch the victory during the final stages of the match, but were unable to round off those chances which were presented at the end. The South Africans were good at scrum time and were solid in the line-outs. However the team coached by Dawie Theron was guilty of conceding numerous handling errors at crucial passages of the game.

Both teams were locked at 11-11 at the half time break after Daly scored the game's opening try. England then enjoyed an 8-0 lead when Ford kicked his first penalty of the match. The Baby Boks then hit back with a try by Carr before Goosen and Ford traded penalties to take the score to 11-8. The former Grey College pivot then slotted a penalty before the break to level the score at 11-11.

England hit back immediately after the restart after Gray crashed over to score his team's second try of the match (16-11). South African then launched a couple of attacks on the England try line, but were unable to breach the rock solid defensive effort of England.

Goosen kicked two more penalties while George slotted a further three-pointer to leave the score at 17-19. South Africa were then dealt a huge blow when replacement winger Wade slit the Baby Boks defence to score his team's third try of the match which was converted by George (26-17).

With three minutes remaining on the clock Goosen slotted his five penalty of the match to reduce the deficit to 26-20.

The Baby Boks mounted a few attacks in the final moments of the match, but were unable to breach the defensive effort of England.  

"We are naturally disappointed with the defeat, but the guys showed plenty of guts to battle on till the end," said Theron.

"Everyone - players and management - are gutted with the result. We created numerous opportunities to score points, and on the day composure and patience I guess cost us a close game which could have gone either way.

"We've got two more matches to go, and I am positive that the 26 players here in Italy will go all out to show South Africa what this team is capable of. Our goal now is to end this tournament with two victories."

Scorers:

South Africa - Try: Nizaam Carr; Penalties: Johan Goosen (5).

England - Tries: Alex Gray, Christian Wade, Elliot Daly; Conversion: George Ford; Penalties: George Ford (3)

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Comments
  • flat bier - 2011-06-18 23:06

    not good news, what went wrong here? Have my doubts about the coach....

      Kaapie - 2011-06-19 11:24

      Nothing wrong with the coach. when Sauls was the coach everybody said he was a tken appointment. Nothing wrong with Theron. got the tactics wrong

      watalife - 2011-06-19 11:43

      Good they deserved to lose.

  • Crusaderinvader - 2011-06-18 23:15

    Just not good enough..junior ABs are in a class of their own!!

      CITIZEN - 2011-06-19 15:08

      bcc dont compare dont compare senior national team to u/20 you know it is not the same if you want to comapre think about this new zealand 7s won the 7s version of the world series but there 15s choke every time they get to a final it is almost 30years and the world cup is not with them we won it twice

  • George - 2011-06-19 00:02

    Shocking!! Best we can do now is to finish 5th.

  • TEX - 2011-06-19 00:12

    Ag no man!!

  • CamsComment - 2011-06-19 00:30

    that sucks - I thought we were better than that.

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-06-19 01:11

    for world champions, our junior team should do better than this

      BCC - 2011-06-19 05:18

      World champions yes but nowhere near worlds best. SA U20 will finish about 4th which is reflected in the SA national side as well.

      BigD - 2011-06-19 07:22

      @ BCC. The best SA can finish is 5th.

  • Martin - 2011-06-19 07:09

    Eben Etzebeth did the work of 4 players, he even tackled a wing, after the pathetic wings of SA struggled to tackle. The rest of the team was outclassed - poor selection and poor coaching. They should have taken the UCT varsity team and not a mismatch of a mixture of poor players, not the best in SA

      PajeroMan - 2011-06-19 07:54

      I totally agree with Martin, I think we underestimated Englands team and our team selection was shocking! Esp the wings!

      Kaapie - 2011-06-19 11:23

      Dont agree with you.. yeah sure the wings were found wanting defensively. but damn thos boys can scrum even though the English pack were bigger and heavier. The standouts were Etsebeth, Carr( colossal in the loose) and Botha(frankly plays better than Steroid Spies and should displace him in the senior side). I thought they got the gameplan wrong.

  • Ace Ventura - 2011-06-19 08:35

    Like every year Baby Boks against England - Boys against men.

  • Sanjiv - 2011-06-19 08:48

    I think the format was kinda dumb. Look at the teams the Baby Boks had to play compared to Australia. Are we really gona hammer Ireland and Scotland compared to Tonga and Fiji?

  • isak.dippenaar - 2011-06-19 13:51

    if you coach youngsters you must teach them basic handling skills. none of our provincial coaches can do that any more. get basic skills up early in the youngsters careers. Catching means stop hand and catch hand. 2 things happening at the same time. same when passing. Guide hand and throw hand. 2 things. means less stupid passes and a better overall handling record. Dawie Theron is a good enough coach with senior players but basic training needs even better coaches. sevens skills more important than the big guys offered to us in this tournament.

  • Erik Calitz - 2011-06-24 17:18

    Just something to think about - In the first halve we never was on the front foot. We did not loose a scrum or lineout but struggle to get momentum - the scrummy had to go in the several times to save the day. This situation made our very dangerous back not to perform 100%. England focused on the brilliant inside centre (that scored a 2 tries in each of two games) by cutting him and his support off. Dawie had to change tack tick by replacing the very sort front row, flanker and wing earlier in the game and use the inside centre as a dummy runner to disrupt the defence line of England. In the second half after changing the front row and flanker SA start getting momentum. The inside centre started breaking the line – BUT what a surprise by replacing the inside centre who clearly organize SA attaching and defence lines and replacing it with a very unexperienced 7th player who was running around looking for scoring opportunities and forgetting the 15 man rugby is not 7 man rugby. What a stupid call Dawie!!! After that England scored a try and SA had to play catch-up rugby. You don’t replace you most experience player at that stage of an international game. The coaching team cost SA the Trophy!!!!

  • Erik Calitz - 2011-06-24 17:21

    Just something to think about - In the first halve we never was on the front foot. We did not loose a scrum or lineout but struggle to get momentum - the scrummy had to go in the several times to save the day. This situation made our very dangerous back not to perform 100%. England focused on the brilliant inside centre (that scored a 2 tries in each of two games) by cutting him and his support off. Dawie had to change tack tick by replacing the very sort front row, flanker and wing earlier in the game and use the inside centre as a dummy runner to disrupt the defence line of England. In the second half after changing the front row and flanker SA start getting momentum. The inside centre started breaking the line – BUT what a surprise by replacing the inside centre who clearly organize SA attaching and defence lines and replacing it with a very unexperienced 7th player who was running around looking for scoring opportunities and forgetting the 15 man rugby is not 7 man rugby. What a stupid call Dawie!!! After that England scored a try and SA had to play catch-up rugby. You don’t replace you most experience player at that stage of an international game. The coaching team cost SA the Trophy!!!!

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