Baby Boks cruise into final

2012-06-17 20:53

Cape Town - The South African Under-20 team thrashed Argentina 35-3 in their IRB Junior World Championship semi-final clash at Newlands on Sunday.

The Baby Boks ran in three first-half tries which helped to seal a commanding 22-0 half-time lead.

The home side's pack set the tone at the first scrum of the match when they had their opponents backpedalling.

Flyhalf Handre Pollard slotted over a seventh minute penalty after Argentina were penalised twice in quick succession in their 22-metre area (3-0).

Argentine flyhalf Sebastian Poet hashed two kickable penalty attempts from just outside the SA 22-metre area during the early exchanges.

Midway through the first half the Baby Boks' pressure started mounting steadily. In the 22nd minute the Argentina defence cracked when centre Jan Serfontein crashed over for flyhalf Handre Pollard to convert (10-0).

The Argentinians needed several minutes to shake off this setback and they bounced back with several forceful forward drives down the middle.

The Boks kept them in check with first-time tackles which prevented any advance into the SA 22-metre area.

As half-time neared, the Baby Boks managed to wrest the initiative with great authority to open up a commanding 22-0 scoreline.

First hooker Mark Pretorius crashed over, and later winger Raymond Rhule made good an overlap to round off a splendid two-try burst, and Pollard was on target with one conversion attempt (22-0).

After a promising start by Argentina their flurry was worth three points when flyhalf Sebastian Poet finally managed to get his side on the board with a penalty (22-3).

However, the Baby Boks were shading their opponents in all phases of the match, and most notably at the breakdown play.

With this kind of edge they were always poised to strike and they did so out wide where the pace of Rhule left the defence for dead. Hollard converted, and just on the hour he added a penalty for a 32-3 lead.

Tony Jantjies, the Baby Boks' first choice flyhalf at the start of the tournament, joined the fray as a substitute in the final 16 minutes and was on hand to slot over a penalty after a short while on the field (35-3).

By this time the Baby Boks' management made several changes to rest key players, ahead of next Friday's final against the four-time champions New Zealand.

Much of the play in the closing minutes were played between the two 10-metre lines as both teams battled to induce a measure of cohesion in their playing patterns as the Boks held out for a thrilling 35-3 victory.


South Africa:

Tries: Jan Serfontein, Mark Pretorius, Raymond Rhule (2)
Conversions: Handre Pollard (3)
Penalty: Pollard (2), Tony Jantjies


Penalty: Sebastian Poet (3)

IRB Junior World Championship results on Sunday:

Ninth place semi-finals

Scotland 34 Italy 17
Samoa 29 Fiji 20

Fifth place semi-finals

France 19 Australia 17
Ireland 27 England 12


New Zealand 30 Wales 6
South Africa 35 Argentina 3


  • henningbrazer - 2012-06-17 20:56

    Congrats Bokkies - so glad Raymond Rhule is on our side! :)

      René - 2012-06-17 20:58

      Agree @HB, thought Rhule is/was brilliant tonight. Wow, the guys did us proud tonight. Good luck against the AB's, c'mon guys time to make history!!

  • jonmac.lewis - 2012-06-17 21:00

    Can the stormers please fasttrack Handré Pollard into the Super 15 or Currie Cup. He got superb rugby skills can become our answer to the Dan Carters of this world. He is gonna be a Springbok great. Keep onto this talent stormers the other franchise will grab him away from you. Great win Baby Boks!!!!

      nico.louw.543 - 2012-06-18 07:04

      He already has been taken by the Bulls. He already is on they payroll. AC has been sleeping. But there is other great young flyhalf that played this weekend. Young Du Plessis (Carel Du Plessis son). Hope Stormers wake up and make sure he plays for them!

  • Jack - 2012-06-17 21:08

    If you're in Cape Town - get yourself down to Newlands this Friday for what is gonna be an awesome final: The Baby Boks vs The Baby Blacks!!! Go BOKKE!!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-06-17 21:26

      Gonna get my tickets tom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Cape - 2012-06-17 21:56

      Go Baby Blacks! Just came from Newlands - the Baby Blacks were awesome and cannot see how the baby boks topple the defending champions! In any event, good luck to your team! Go BABY BLACKS!!

      smellarat.smith - 2012-06-17 22:12

      Cape Maori, if you were at Newlands, then I was at Hogwarts. Everything about you is fake. Any more Maori words you Googled on Wikipedia?

      Cape - 2012-06-17 22:15

      The protea / bokkie fans were cheering for Wales with the hope not to meet the Baby Blacks in the final. Once again, like their seniors in 2007, they wanted the avoid the big guns. Go BABY BLACKS!!

      klark.kent.942 - 2012-06-17 22:21

      Cape Totally agree with you notice last week the bok fans on here thought they had all ready won the championship because they are so arrogant. Now they seem very quiet ,and a bit piss#d off that the class of the baby blacks has shone through again, and will take them out in the final. I personally believe Wales would beat the baby boks

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-06-17 22:36

      @Cape & Superman Wannabe ~ here is a Cape word for you "doos"

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-17 22:44

      Capy. The boks from big to small always fear the AB. Just show them again who is the world champs. Seems to be a formality on Friday.

  • pablo.cedron.98 - 2012-06-17 21:09

    Congratulations to SA. Superb game. As an Argentinean I expected a little more from los Pumitas, but the Baby Boks proved to be too hard for us

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-06-17 21:37

    They let it up on you guys. Cheers...for letting them have it. Cheers again.

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