Stellenbosch - The South African Under-20 rugby team scored 14 tries in
their runaway 92-27 victory over the senior Namibia side in their friendly
international on Saturday afternoon at the Paul Roos Markötter Stadium in
Justin Geduld (outside centre), Rohan Janse van Rensburg
(inside centre), Seabelo Senatla (left wing) and Luther Obi (right wing) all
scored two tries each while flyhalf Robert du Preez missed just three of
the 14 conversions, with one hitting the upright.
Namibia actually took the lead in the third minute when
flyhalf Thins Kotze slotted his first of two penalties. However, after that the
home team kicked into gear and the Junior Springboks scored six tries to
register a comfortable halftime lead of 40-6.
The South Africans played with purpose and stuck to their
game plan, which yielded eight more tries in the second half. As expected, the
dangerous SA backline kept the Namibians busy during the entire match, with
fullback Cheslin Kolbe a constant threat whenever he had the ball.
Ruan Steenkamp, flank and SA U20 skipper, led his side
superbly and he managed to keep his team composed and focus on their game plan.
The forwards withstood some crunching tackles early on, but they managed to
stamp their authority on the match in superb fashion, an aspect of their clash
which pleased their coach, Dawie Theron, very much afterwards.
“We kept to our structure and I am happy with the overall
discipline. A match such as this one can easily become very loose, especially
once you’ve managed to post a huge score with still plenty of time to go. The
boys played with purpose and desire and everyone worked their socks off to keep
the intensity going right to the end,” added Theron.
Apart from Rohan Janse van Rensburg (centre) who suffered an
ankle injury, the rest of the team came through unharmed.
The squad will now assemble on May 26 in Cape Town before flying out to France three days later to play in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.
Tries: Stefan Ungerer, Justin Geduld (2), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (2), Ruan Steenkamp, Jacques du Plessis, Aidon Davis, Seabelo Senatla (2), Cheslin Kolbe, Luther Obi (2), Sylvian Mahuza
Conversions: Robert du Preez (11)
Tries: PJ van Lill, Justin Nel, Rohan Kitshoff
Conversions: Theuns Kotze (3)
Penalties: Kotze (2)
South Africa Under-20:
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)
Substitutes: 16. Sti Sithole (Western Province), 17. Mike Willemse (Western Province), 18. Jannes Kirsten (Blue Bulls), 19. Roelof Smit (Blue Bulls) (Golden Lions), 20. Percy Williams (Golden Lions), 21. Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards), 22. Jacques Rossouw (Blue Bulls), 23. Luhan de Bruin (Free State Cheetahs)
15. Justin Nel, 14. Malcolm Moore, 13. Divan Visser, 12. Eneill Buitendag, 11. Johan Tromp, 10. Theuns Kotze, 9. Arthur Bouwer, 8. PJ Van Lill (captain), 7. Munee Tjiuza, 6. Rohan Kitshoff, 5. Joe Mururua, 4. Ian Van Wyk, 3. Jaco Swanepoel, 2. Callie Swanepoel, 1. Johnny Redelinghuys
Substitutes: 16. Rathony Bekker, 17. Shaun Du Preez, 18. Hauta Veii, 19. Stefan Neustadt, 20. Awie Thompson, 21. PJ Walters, 22. Jacques Nell, 23. Shaun Kaizemi