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2014/06/20 | 09:35 |  Junior World Championship | Eden Park, Auckland |  Full Time

As it happened: England v Baby Boks

2014-06-20 12:00
Last Updated at 04:02
                      ENGLAND 21-20 BABY BOKS

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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert

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England, the 2014 JWC winners -
IRB Juniors


Handré Pollard receives his IRB Junior Player of the Year award from All Black legend Jonah Lomu... - IRB Juniors


His team may not have won, but Baby Bok captain Handré Pollard was named IRB Junior Player of the Year!


Hardluck BabyBoks!!Congrats England,still proud of our boys,keep the heads,many of those boys will be FutureBoks, superb effort England! - Breyton Paulse

England pack laid the foundation. Their scrum was huge. Their loosies strong. And like most finals, they won because they made least mistakes - Brenden Nel

FULL-TIME: England 21-20 South Africa

Hard luck to the Baby Boks. England simply made better use of their chances. Too many mistakes at crucial times cost South Africa, who lacked composure at key stages in this game.

England successfully defend their Junior World Championship title.

80' - It's a strong last scrum by South Africa, but England manage to clear it to Burns who kicks it deep into the stands to end the game...

79' - England win a scrum with 30 seconds left. This looks like it will be agony for South African fans here today...

79' - One minute left and the England forwards still have the ball. Can they hold on?

77' - England doing well to control the ball in a driving maul as they try to run down the clock.

76' - South Africa trying to run it out from inside their own half, but a poor pass from Pollard puts Dan Kriel under pressure. Pollard is then force to kick for touch...

Time running out for South Africa.

75' - A scrum penalty to England gives them the opportunity to get out their own half with only 5 minutes left...


Jessie Kriel over for his second try... - The Rugby Championship

71' - Pollard attempts a drop kick but it's just away to the right... Oh-so-close!

He had no other option as the England defence was pushing the Baby Boks backwards and outside the 22m area...

69' - After a strong scrum by England, the Baby Boks clear, but Dan Kriel knocks it on to bring relief for England...

However, they can't clear too far and South Africa remain in the red zone...


If the Bulls had any sense they'd play Kriel in the Currie Cup this year. Any sense at all... - Brenden Nel

67' - South Africa with their tails up now as they launch an attack into the red zone. They get an attacking scrum about 7 metres out!

65' - Out of nowhere, the Baby Boks are back in this game!

64' - Pollard slots the tough CONVERSION.

England 21-20 SA

63' - TRY! Jessie Kriel scores his second try. It was started after South Africa launched an attack from a scrum inside their own half. Some great hands by the SA backs and a strong run by replacement Duhan van der Merwe, before he put Kriel away.

62' - Pierre Schoeman is now on at prop for the Baby Boks, with Thomas du Toit off.

61' - Luckily for South Africa, Burns pulls his penalty attempt to the left...

60' - Another kickable penalty to England as the Baby Boks are caught off-side just outside their own 22m area.

It all started when England intercepted a South African pass before launching a counter-attack up-field...

58' - England starting to look real good in the scrums now... #ominoussigns


Clearly the plan is for usual spectacular switch-on in last 10 by Baby Boks ... - Rob Houwing

54' - It's all England now as they surge back up into South African territory...

53' - Duhan van der Merwe has replaced inside centre André Esterhuizen for South Africa.

52' - CONVERSION by Burns.

England 21-13 SA

51' - TRY! England score after a dominant rolling maul. Replacement Joel Conlon the man who gets up with the ball at the back.

50' - Some strong running by the England backs puts them back in the red zone, but good scrambling defence from South Africa keeps them out.

48' - England lose possession at the following lineout. Why they didn't kick for posts there is beyond me...

Baby Boks off the hook! For now...

48' - Joseph Dweba is on at hooker for the Baby Boks, with Corniel Els off with a bad knee injury.

48' - England now get the chance to stretch their lead when a South African player fails to roll away in a tackle. It's close to the touchline and they opt for a lineout instead...

This is a tight final. I would rather kick the three points.

45' - Big loose forward Jean Luc Du Preez is now on for the Baby Boks.

45' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

England 14-13 SA

44' - The Baby Boks hit right back after some great interchangeable running between Petersen and Gelant down the touchline. South Africa then win a penalty close to the touchline...


England U20s showed real character at the end of that half - has the momentum swung? - England Rugby

43' - PENALTY slotted by Burns.

England 14-10 SA

42' - England win a penalty right next to the uprights. Easy three-pointer coming up...

41' - A good start by South Africa as they win the ball from the kick-off but a knock on puts them under pressure again. Too many errors from the Baby Boks today...

40' - Pollard starts play...

10:27 - Welcome back for the second period.


Proper fight by the English! #BabyBoks the better team but that means nothing in a Final. I'm too nervous to watch the 2nd half - AB de Villiers

HALF-TIME: England 11-10 South Africa.

The Baby Boks will wonder exactly how they find themselves behind at the break.

England have made a whole heap of errors, struggled in the set pieces, but have crucially taken the chances afforded to them...

40' - Billy Burns' conversion from the corner is away to the left...

39' - TRY! England wing Nathan Earle goes over in the corner. It came after a bustling run from strong centre Nick Tompkins in midfield. Poor defence by the South African backs...

38' - Pollard is penalised for tackling England scrumhalf Henry Taylor in the air. Very dangerous from Pollard... I've seen worse yellow cards given before...

37' - PENALTY slotted by Morris. What an amazing kick at sea level!

England 6-10 SA

35' - Wow this is interesting, England fullback Aaron Morris is attempting a 55m penalty attempt... Will he have the legs?

33' - Unfortunately the Baby Boks lose possession and England launch a strong counter attack up-field, but some good cover by SA fullback Warrick Gelant brings relief...


The England lineout is under immense pressure... -

32' - Another lineout steal by South Africa. This is close to the England tryline. Time to attack...


JB hooker (Corniel Els) been awesome thus far, playing his best game today - Nelio de Sa

27' - The Baby Boks steal another England lineout! I'm counting 3 now. Worrying set-piece signs for the Poms...

26' - Another stolen lineout puts the Baby Boks back into the England 22m area... However, when they swing it wide left wing Sergeal Petersen puts boot to ball and England regain possession...

25' - But a poor lineout from England means the Baby Boks are off the hook...

25' - My praise of Pollard is backfiring. He now kicks out directly to put his team under pressure just outside their own 22m area...

23' - Just as I praise him, Pollard attempts a drop kick off his left boot, but it's just way to the left...

22' - Pollard's calmness under pressure is evident here today. Don't be too surprised to see him in the senior Springbok jersey later this year...

19' - CONVERSION by Pollard.

England 3-10 SA

18' - TRY! Baby Bok outside centre Jessie Kriel scores the first try. He followed up on a brilliant chip-kick from Pollard over the England defence.

That try came after England tried to run it out from inside their own 22m area, only to lose possession.


Spot the Ball! -

16' - PENALTY slotted by England No 10 Billy Burns.

England 3-3 SA

15' - Kickable penalty to England as the Baby Boks are this time caught off-side.

Billy Burns has a relatively easy kick...

14' - Oh dear, Smith is having a nightmare. He drops the ensuing kick-off cold...

It gives England an attacking chance to hit right back.

14' - PENALTY slotted by the Bulls pivot.

England 0-3 SA

13' - England caught off-side right in front of their own goalposts. Easy three-pointer for Pollard coming up...

11' - Pollard guilty of failing to find touch off a penalty. Nervy start by South Africa...

However, the net result isn't too bad for SA, as the England fullback makes a poor clearing kick.

9' - Smith knocks the ball on at the base of the scrum which scuppers a great attacking chance for South Africa. The SA scrumhalf is having a torrid start to this final...


JB 9 way to slow, pass from rucks slow and time to kick he takes forever, at test level u gotta pick up the speed - Nelio de Sa

7' - First attacking chance for SA inside the England 22m area. Good defence from England though, but the referee blows for a South African scrum...

4' - AGAIN, SA scrumhalf JP Smith's kick is charged down close to his own 22m line, but luckily for him the referee goes back for a penalty advantage. Smith should watch out though. His tactical kicking is not looking too sharp...

2' - England penalised for not pushing straight. First set piece battle won by the Baby Boks.

1' - The first scrum of the game is untidy and has to be set again. It's a South African throw in close to their own line...

0' - Baby Boks immediately under pressure when scrumhalf JP Smith's kick is charged down. But the South Africans recover...

9:35 - England flyhalf Billy Burns gets play started...

9:34 - Tremendous passion from both teams during the anthems. Definitely more South Africans in the crowd... 

9:31 - The teams are out on the field and ready for the national anthems!


Champions & runners-up spoils -


This is what it's all about. The #JWC2014 trophy, out on Eden Park - IRB Juniors


3rd Place playoff: Ireland 23-45 New Zealand
5th Place playoff: France 27-34 Australia
7th Place playoff: Wales 20-3 Samoa
9th Place playoff: Argentina 41-21 Scotland
11th Place playoff: Fiji 17-22 Italy (Fiji relegated to JWRT 2015)


The final will be the 230th match in JWC history. Also, 30 players have scored a try in a JWC final to date. Who will be next? - IRB Juniors

9:07 - PICTURE

The English and South African kickers warm up on Eden Park ahead of the #JWC2014 final - IRB Juniors

9:03 - PICTURE

Can't wait to run out at Eden Park against South Africa in the final of the JWC! - England prop Danny Hobbs Awoyemi

8:57 - As is always the case in a final, set pieces will be key. And the Baby Boks have been good in the scrums and the lineouts in this tournament.

Their captain, Handré Pollard, highlighted the importance of these facets ahead of today's game (kick-off 09:35 SA time).

"I know how 2012 was won. We had 17 lineouts and we won all 17 of them. It is something you can't go without in a final, the set piece," Pollard said earlier this week.

"The conversion rate is also crucial. You have to get down there and get points, whether it is three, five or seven - just get points whenever you go down to the opposition's half."


The Baby Blacks have just beaten Ireland 45-23 in the third-place playoff game at Eden Park.

It won't be much consolation to them though. They would have hated losing twice to South Africa...


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Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees:
Matt O'Brien (Australia), Joaquin Montes (Uruguay)
Vinny Munro (New Zealand)


2013: South Africa won 31-24
2012: South Africa won 28-15
2011: England won 26-20
2010: South Africa won 27-22
2009: England won 40-21
2008: England won 26-18



15 Aaron Morris, 14 Howard Packman, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Henry Taylor, 8 James Chisholm, 7 Gus Jones, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Maro Itoje (captain), 3 Paul Hill, 2 Tom Woolstencroft, 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi

Substitutes: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Alex Lundberg, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 20 Joel Conlon, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Henry Purdy

South Africa

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Dan Kriel, 13 Jessie Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Handré Pollard (captain), 9 JP Smith, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Nico Janse van Rensburg, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 2 Corniel Els, 1 Thomas du Toit

Substitutes:16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Victor Sekekete, 20 Jean Luc du Preez, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Jean Luc du Preez, 23 Duhan van der Merwe

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's final of the Junior World Championship between England and South Africa!

  • 80'

    That's it! ENGLAND WIN! What a thrilling final. There was nothing to choose between the sides but England have just done enough to retain their title! Thanks for joining us, cheers!

  • 80'


  • 79'

    England controlling the ball with an excellent rolling maul to run down the clock...time is running out for SA.

  • 77'

    England keep it tight after the line-out but the ball is ripped away! Dan Kriel fumbles it backwards and the momentum is lost. Pollard must kick for touch.

  • 76'

    A huge shove from the SA pack at scrum time but the penalty goes to England. Burns takes his time to find touch.

  • 74'

    Aaron Morris takes a very good mark under pressure from the green-clad chasers. His kick doesn't go very far though. SA still camped in the England half but a forward pass gives England a scrum.

  • 72'

    England are under the cosh from wave after wave of attacks from the Boks. Pollard goes for the drop!!!....but it's just wide.

  • 70'

    An opportunity is lost as Dan Kriel loses the ball in a big tackle from Harry Sloan. England clear.

  • 68'

    South Africa have stepped it up a gear. The Kriel twins and Van der Merwe are smashing defenders out the way. Is all SA as the Baby Boks win a 5m scrum.

  • 65'

    CONVERSION, POLLARD. 21-20. This is going down to the wire!!!

  • 64'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, J. KRIEL! 21-18. Great try from SA as they run it from deep inside their own half. Duhan van der Merwe bashes through two defenders to put Jesse Kriel away and the centre bolts home for his second try!

  • 61'

    Petersen is caught in possession and doesn't release after a chip ahead. Penalty to England but Burns MISSES.

  • 60'

    Play is confined to centre field as both teams try to turn the opposition around with high balls. Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi makes a monster run to put England on the front foot and the Baby Boks are forced to scramble.

  • 57'

    SA can't afford to make mistakes now. Full-back Grant launches a counter attack but Jesse Kriel spills it on the touchline.

  • 55'

    SA under more pressure as Petersen is caught in possession by the chasing Conlon inside his 22. The cavalry arrives and Pollard clears. England have their tails up!

  • 53'

    CONVERSION, BURNS. 21-13. Crucially, the gap is now 8 points. England hold all the cards.

  • 52'

    TRY, ENGLAND, CONLON! 19-13. Textbook line-out and maul from England and replacement forward Joel Conlon touches down!

  • 51'

    Another attacking line-out for England after the ball comes off the side of the boot.

  • 49'

    England go for touch from a kickable penalty. Why?! True to form, the Baby Boks steal the line-out and clear.

  • 48'

    SA hooker Corniel Els is taken off on a stretcher with sickening knee injury.

  • 47'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 14-13. Grant and Petersen combine again to stretch the English defence. Hands in the ruck from the defending team means a penalty for Pollard to slot.

  • 45'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, BURNS. 14-10. The defending champs have a lead...but can they hold it?

  • 44'

    A bit of kick tennis ends with JP Smith wrapped up by three England players inside his own half. Another SA knock on allows Paul Hill to break for England. SA kill the ball under their own posts, clear penalty!

  • 42'

    Here we go for the second half. SA start brightly with a promising attack near half way but Janse van Rensburg spills it in contact. England kick for touch.

  • 40'

    The conversion sails wide and that's half time! England have been under the cosh for most of the half but have managed to snatch the lead just before the interval. The second half should be a cracker, we'll be back in 10.

  • 40'


  • 39'

    TRY, ENGLAND, EARLE! 11-10. England score a great try against the run of play. The line-out holds true, Tompkins makes a brilliant run to be stopped just short. The ball is recycled wide to left wing Nathan Earle, who has an easy run in.

  • 37'

    Pollard is very, very lucky not to be sent to the sin bin after taking Henry Taylor out in the air. The English scrum-half stays down to get some treatment and England kick for touch from the penalty.

  • 35'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, MORRIS! 6-10. What a strike from the full-back, who hits the target from inside his own half!

  • 34'

    Another line-out steal by the Baby Boks! They send it wide, trouble here for England with SA pushing for the line! Knock-on...and England break on the counter! Packman has acres of space and is up against a prop but choices to kick...why? Sergeal Petersen and Warrick Grant track back to clean up as Packman goes down like a soccer player after the slightest of bumps.

  • 32'

    South Africa's line-out is so much more secure than England it could well prove the difference between the sides. Some territorial kicking from both sides ends in a line-out just 10m short of England's line.

  • 30'

    Textbook line-out and clearance from South Africa. England will throw in on their 10m line.

  • 29'

    The Baby Boks get some of their own medicine when Earle launches a kick behind their backs. The ball rolls out inside South Africa's 22.

  • 27'

    Once again Pollard spots England's backs lying flat on defence and he launches a cross-field kick which rolls into touch inside England's 22.

  • 25'

    Pollard drops into the pocket and tries to land a snap-shot but his effort is just past the uprights!

  • 23'

    Pollard tries to win territory with a kick upfield but Earle gathers inside his 22. He then puts the ball into touch on the halfway line.

  • 21'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 3-10. Pollard makes no mistake from the kicking tee to extend the Baby Boks' lead!

  • 20'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, J KRIEL! 3-8. Pollard spots England's defence lying flat and delivers a chip kick which bounces kindly for Jesse Kriel, who gets in for the game's opening try!

  • 18'

    PENALTY, ENGLAND, BURNS1 3-3. Burns draws England level after Thomas du Toit plays the ball on the ground.

  • 15'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 0-3. Pollard gets the game's opening points, from the kicking tee, after Billy Burns is penalised for offside play.

  • 12'

    Maro Itoje is pinged when he plays Pollard in the air! Pollard tries to put his side on the front-foot by kicking the resulting penalty into touch but the ball's not out! Nathan Earle gathers and boots the ball upfield.

  • 10'

    The Boks try to attack from a scrum inside England's 22 but scrum-half JP smith knocks on when he tries to clear at the base of the set-piece.

  • 7'

    England take the ball through the phases, inside South Africa's half, but Tom Woolstencroft is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on England's 10-metre line.

  • 4'

    England's front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging. Handre Pollard puts the resulting penalty out five metres from his 10-metre line.

  • 1'

    Billy Burns gets the game underway! His kick is a wobbly one which Aidon Davis gathers inside his 22. He sets off on a run before setting up a ruck.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final of the the Junior World Championship between defending champions England 2012 winners South Africa, from Eden Park in Auckland. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.

  • 0'

    South Africa U20 coach Dawie Theron has made just one change to his side that beat New Zealand in the semi-final. Dan Kriel comes onto the right wing at the expense of Lloyd Greeff.

  • 0'

    England coach Nick Walshe has kept the faith by naming the same starting XV that beat Ireland in their semi-final. Saracens forward Maro Itoje leads the side from lock, where he partners Bath?s Charlie Ewels. They are behind a front row of Ross Moriarty of Gloucester, London Wasps flanker Gus Jones and Harlequins? James Chisholm. Aaron Morris starts at full-back while Nick Tompkins forms a midfield partnership with Harry Sloan. Billy Burns is at fly-half alongside scrum-half Henry Taylor and Nathan Earle and Howard Packman are on the wings. There's one change on the bench. Prop Biyi Alo come in for Harry Rudkin.

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England South Africa
  • 2 Tries 2
    • 39' Nathan Earle
    • 52' Joel Conlon
    • 20' Jesse Kriel
    • 64' Jesse Kriel
  • 1 Conversions 2
    • 53' Billy Burns
    • 22' Handre Pollard
    • 65' Handre Pollard
  • 3 Penalties 2
    • 18' Billy Burns
    • 35' Aaron Morris
    • 45' Billy Burns
    • 15' Handre Pollard
    • 47' Handre Pollard
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi
  • Tom Woolstencroft
  • Paul Hill
  • Maro Itoje
  • Charlie Ewels
  • Ross Moriarty
  • Gus Jones
  • James Chisholm
  • Henry Taylor
  • Billy Burns
  • Nathan Earle
  • Nathan Earle
  • Nick Tompkins
  • Howard Packman
  • Aaron Morris
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  • Thomas Du Toit
  • Corniel Els
  • Dayan Van Der Westhuizen
  • JD Schickerling
  • Nico Janse Van Rensburg
  • Jacques Vermeulen
  • Cyle Brink
  • Aidon Davis
  • JP Smith
  • Handre Pollard
  • Sergeal Petersen
  • Andrew Esterhuizen
  • Jesse Kriel
  • Dan Kriel
  • Warrick Gelant
  • Jack Walker
  • Alex Lundberg
  • Biyi Alo
  • Hayden Thompson-Stringer
  • Joel Conlon
  • Callum Braley
  • Sam Olver
  • Henry Purdy
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  • Joseph Dweba
  • Pierre Schoeman
  • Wilco Louw
  • Victor Sekekete
  • Jean Luc Du Preez
  • Zee Mkhabela
  • Jean Luc Du Plessis
  • Duhan van der Merwe

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