Baby Boks book semis spot

2012-06-12 20:29

Cape Town - The Baby Boks have qualified for the semi-finals of IRB Junior World Championship after scoring four second half tries to beat England at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday night.

The SA under-20 side won 28-15, after trailing 3-0 at half-time.

The South Africans had to win with a four-try bonus point and when they went into the break scoreless the odds were stacked heavily against them.

However, four second half tries from centre and stand-in captain William Small-Smith and flankers Shaun Adendorff (2) and Pieter Steph du Toit secured a memorable win.

The Baby Boks, who also had to contend with two late withdrawals in captain and flanker Wiaan Liebenberg and replacement flyhalf Tony Jantjies, were slow out of the blocks and forced onto the back foot for the opening seven minutes.

The South Africans absorbed the pressure and responded with a passage of pressure play, which saw the English pinned in the half for about 12 minutes.

The South Africans managed two drives up to the English tryline, but the England defence held firm.

Initially two England clearance kicks relieved the pressure, but once they gained possession, their forwards and backs combined for penetrative movements down the middle. However, the South African defence was equal to the task.

England managed to open the scoring when fullback Tommy Bell slotted over a long-range penalty in the 33rd minute to make it 3-0. That was how the score stood at the break.

The Baby Boks returned with a greater sense of urgency and in the opening 10 minutes of the second half twice cracked England's defence to cross the tryline. Flyhalf Handré Pollard slotted over both conversions.

The first five-pointer came after Small-Smith broke close to the halfway line, and the England defence leaked a gap, allowing almost free passage to the goal line.

A few minutes later, a Steven Kitshoff-led maul had England back-pedalling in front of their posts, before Adendorff peeled off the back of the maul for the touch-down.

In between those tries, Bell reduced the deficit with the penalty for a 14-6 score after 53 minutes.

The eight-point lead was very nearly whittled away as the Baby Boks incurred the wrath of the referee and Bells slotted over two penalties to make it 14-12.

Cheered on by the 14 000-strong crowd, South Africa struck back almost immediately, with flanker Du Toit diving over next to the posts. Pollard's conversion opened up a nine-point lead (21-12).

The momentum of the South African forwards took its toll in the 70th minute when the visitor's defence failed to halt another forward charge and Adendorff was set free to bag the bonus-point try. Pollard landed the conversion for a 28-12 lead.

Six minutes before the end England managed a further penalty through Bell.

South Africa will now play Argentina in the semi-finals on Sunday, while New Zealand will play Wales in the other semi-final.

Baby Boks team:

15. Dillyn Leyds (Western Province) 14. Paul Jordaan (KZN) 13. William Small-Smith (Blue Bulls, captain) 12. Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls) 11. Pat Howard (Western Province) 10. Handré Pollard (Western Province) 9.  Vian van der Watt (Golden Lions) 8. Fabian Booysen (Golden Lions) 7. Pieter Steph du Toit (KZN) 6. Shaun Adendorff (Blue Bulls) 5. Ruan Botha (Golden Lions) 4. Paul Willemse (Golden Lions) 3. Oliver Kebble (Western Province) 2. Jason Thomas (Blue Bulls) 1. Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)

Substitutes: 16. Mark Pretorius (Golden Lions) 17. Allan Dell (KZN) 18. Khaya Majola (KZN) 19. Braam Steyn (KZN) 20. Abrie Griesel (Blue Bulls) 21. Marais Schmidt (Golden Lions)/Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls) 22. Tshotsho Mbovane (Western Province) 23. Maks van Dyk (KZN)
Results form the IRB Junior World Championship on Tuesday:

Pool A

Wales 74, Samoa 3
New Zealand 33, Fiji 12

Pool B

Ireland 41, Italy 12
South Africa 28, England 15

Pool C

Argentina 17, Scotland 12
France 31, Australia 7


June 17

Ninth place semi-finals

Scotland v Italy
Fiji v Samoa

Fifth place semi-finals

France v Australia
Ireland v England


Wales v New Zealand
South Africa v Argentina


  • Waseem - 2012-06-12 20:31

    4 tries needed 4 tries scored!!!!

      Jack - 2012-06-12 20:58

      Well done Bokkies!!!

      mario.borchards - 2012-06-12 21:32

      Went to watch the game @ Cpt Stadium...brilliant atmosphere and once again one can only admire the organisation and facilities at the stadium. TIME to move away from Newlands!!!

  • René - 2012-06-12 20:31

    AAAH, It goes to show, where there's a WILL there's a WAY!!! What a game??? Really proud of these youngsters! Well done!

  • tinus.olivier.5 - 2012-06-12 20:42

    What a game boys!!! Brilliant. Welldone!! Now you go and win this cup. NZ's reign is about to end. - 2012-06-12 21:44

      Why are you so worried about NZ ?lol...

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-06-12 21:49

      The only reason I can think of is they will hammer the Bokkies.

      Harold - 2012-06-12 23:02

      Like they hammered Wales?

  • andre.ernstzen - 2012-06-12 20:42

    What a game! So proud of the Bokkies

  • James - 2012-06-12 20:44

    What a game !! And it wasn't really one-way traffic at all. England came to play, and they played well... but our guys did what they had to, when they had to. They showed a lot of maturity tonight. Most of these players are obvious future Springboks. It's our turn this year !!

  • louis.venter.96 - 2012-06-12 20:47

    I have to say the Junior Boks did us proud tonight. This is what we expected all the time and new they could do. Tonight you guys gave us hope for the future. NOW PLEASE, keep on playing like this and make us even more proud and win that World Cup.

  • arno.dupiesanie - 2012-06-12 20:47

    This was trully a 23 man effort!(crowd incl.)Heyneke meyer take notice plz !!!!!!jan serfontein and paul jordaan!!!

      Japjapjap - 2012-06-12 21:15

      Jan Serfontein miskien man van di toernooi?? ongelooflik skerp met goeie kop op sy lyf en ja, Jordaan het def talent.

      James - 2012-06-12 21:52

      Agree 100% with both of you - @Japjapjap Serfontein lyk baie belowend en soek die heeltyd vir kanse. Hy sit daai agterlyn aan die gang. @Arno - Like you said, every player delivered... and that Paul Jordaan, wow, he keeps on improving every game. The biggest problem with him at the moment is WHERE to play him, because at the moment he can play in any position (centre, wing and even flyhalf last year for the Bokkies). The Sharks are very fortunate to have him and they should manage him properly and allow him to specialise in a certain position. I was also suprised tonight by the speed of William Small-Smith, he really has some legs on him.

  • staal.burgher - 2012-06-12 20:49

    It helped alot when they got the scrums and line outs sorted after half time.

  • Nompumelelo - 2012-06-12 20:51

    You go boys! Well done and best wishes going forward. We are proud of you!

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