Five changes to Baby Boks

2013-06-17 14:51
Dawie Theron (Gallo Images)
Vannes - There are five changes in the starting line-up of the Junior Springboks to play against Wales in the IRB Junior World Championship rugby semi-final in Vannes, France, on Tuesday evening.

Amongst the backs, flyhalf Robert du Preez returns to play in the No 10 jersey while Handré Pollard moves to inside centre in place of Rohan Janse van Rensburg. Stefan Ungerer reclaims the No 9 jersey from his Sharks provincial team-mate Hanco Venter.

Andrew Beerwinkel will start at loosehead prop in place of Sti Sithole while Luan de Bruin is restored to the side after missing the match against France because of suspension. De Bruin’s suspension of four weeks was set aside following a successful appeal. Marné Coetzee therefore moves to the bench to make way for De Bruin.

Amongst the replacements, flanker Kwagga Smith comes in for the injured Jannes Kirsten while Justin Geduld, who missed the French match because of a slight knee injury, was included amongst the backs after passing a fitness test on Monday.

Junior Springboks coach, Dawie Theron, commented: “This is a very important match for us and we know that Wales is a well-coached side with a good structure and especially a very good kicking game. We have done our homework and believe that we are a well-prepared physical side and we are comfortable with the way we want to play. The team is looking forward to play in this semi-final match.”

Kick-off time is 18:15 and SuperSport will show both semi-finals live, with broadcasting starting from 18:00.

The SA Under-20 team to play Wales on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 in Vannes:

15. Cheslin Kolbe (Western Province)
14. Luther Obi (Leopards)
13. Dries Swanepoel (Blue Bulls)
12. Handré Pollard (Blue Bulls)
11. Seabelo Senatla (SARU contracted)
10. Robert du Preez (Sharks)
9.   Stefan Ungerer (Sharks)
8. Ruan Steenkamp (captain, Blue Bulls)
7. Jacques du Plessis (Blue Bulls)
6. Roelof Smit (Blue Bulls)
5. Dennis Visser (Blue Bulls)
4. Irné Herbst (Blue Bulls)
3. Luan de Bruin (Free State Cheetahs)
2. Jacques du Toit (Free State Cheetahs)
1. Andrew Beerwinkel (Blue Bulls)


16. Michael Willemse (Western Province)
17. Sti Sithole (Western Province)
18. Aidon Davis (EP Kings)
19. Kwagga Smith (Golden Lions)
20. Percy Williams (Golden Lions)
21. Justin Geduld (SARU contracted)
22. Jesse Kriel (Blue Bulls)
23. Marné Coetzee (Sharks)

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