Kolbe starts for Baby Boks

2013-05-08 17:56
Cheslin Kolbe (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Exciting Western Province star Cheslin Kolbe has been named at fullback for the SA Under-20 team's friendly against Namibia in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

Kick off time is 14:50 at the Paul Roos Markötter Stadium and the match will be played after the traditional Cape schoolboy derby between Paul Roos and Paarl Gymnasium.

Although several players will miss the clash because of injury, Blue Bulls flanker Ruan Steenkamp will still lead a starting fifteen that includes the exciting attacking talents of Robert du Preez (flyhalf) Seabelo Senatla (wing), Justin Geduld (centre) and Kolbe.

The players who were not considered because of injury are Hanco Venter (scrumhalf), Handré Pollard (flyhalf), Dries Swanepoel (centre), Jan Serfontein (centre) and Sergeal Petersen (wing).

The match is the last outing for the Junior Springboks before they embark on their IRB Junior World Championship journey to defend their title next month year in France.

Dawie Theron, the SA U20 coach, said he was looking forward to see the Junior Springboks in action.

“Namibia will pose a huge physical challenge, which will be very good for our boys. We need another good workout before we leave for France and this match will give us a wonderful opportunity to test our various combinations,” said Theron.

Theron said that despite the several injuries amongst the backs, his team still packs some very good firepower in the attacking department.

“We are really fortunate to have such big a pool of very good attacking players and I am really excited and looking to see them in action. However, the backs can only play display their true potential if the forwards do their job,” added Theron.

The team will have one more training session on Thursday morning before moving camp to Stellenbosch in the afternoon.

The South Africa Under-20 team:

15. Cheslin Kolbe (Western Province)
14. Luther Obi (Leopards)
13. Justin Geduld (SARU contracted)
12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Blue Bulls)
11. Seabelo Senatla (SARU contracted)
10. Robert du Preez (Sharks)
9. Stefan Ungerer (Sharks)
8. Aidon Davis (EP Kings)
7. Jacques du Plessis (Blue Bulls)
6. Ruan Steenkamp (Blue Bulls, captain)
5. Dennis Visser (Blue Bulls)
4. Irne Herbst (Blue Bulls)
3. Marne Coetzee (Sharks)
2. Jacques du Toit (Free State Cheetahs)
1. Andrew Beerwinkel (Blue Bulls)


16. Sti Sithole (Western Province)
17. Mike Willemse (Western Province)
18. Jannes Kirsten (Blue Bulls)
19. Roelof Smit (Blue Bulls)/Kwagga Smith (Golden Lions)
20. Percy Williams (Golden Lions)
21. Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)
22. Jacques Rossouw (Blue Bulls)
23. Luhan de Bruin (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)


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