Baby Boks demolish Ireland

2011-06-22 23:10

Cape Town -The South African Under-20s returned back to winning ways at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy following their 57-15 victory over Ireland in Padova on Wednesday.

The Baby Boks outmuscled their opponents and ran in nine tries in a match which saw the South Africans employ an attractive brand of rugby.

The team coached by Dawie Theron were in attacking form from the kick off and were rewarded with some scintillating five-pointers as they entertained the crowd at the stadium.

Springbok Sevens talent Tshotsho Mbovane scored a hat-trick of tries, winger Wandile Mjekevu a brace, with South Africa’s other tries were added by flanker Cornell du Preez, centers Jaco Taute and Francois Venter; and captain Arno Botha. Flyhalf Johan Goosen kicked five conversions while replacement pivot Johnny Welthagen added one conversion.

The Baby Boks dominated the set-pieces thanks to their efficient line-out and scrum. The South Africans leaked two tries, but were superb on defence after outmuscling Ireland.

The SA U20s who conceded a 26-20 defeat against England during the final Pool C match on Saturday, put in a complete all round performance.

“Compliments to the complete squad here in Italy tonight for showing the world what this team can really do,” said Theron.

“The guys were really gutted after that defeat against England, and I am proud of the character showed by this team to come back to the same stadium and put in a performance that we know they are capable of.

“We had to adjust our goals for the tournament after that defeat, and one of our new targets are to end the tournament with only one defeat. We want to make it four out of five wins. We’ve got Fiji on Sunday which is going to be another physical challenge,, but we know what we are capable of and that’s all I will be asking of the guys again. To end the tournament on a high, something like we started it.”


South Africa – Tries: Tshotsho Mbovane (3), Wandile Mjekevu (2), Cornell du Preez, Jaco Taute, Francois Venter, Arno Botha; Conversions: Johan Goosen (5), Johnny Welthagen.

Ireland – Tries:  Paddy Jackson, Eoin McKeon; Conversion: James McKinney; Penalty: McKinney. 


  • Kevin Rack - 2011-06-23 05:06

    South Africa should have won this tournament. Why the hell did they not play Mbovane for Skosan. Really!! Strange tournament where you loose 1 game and you are out. Baby Boks are really the only team that could beat the AB's. New Zealnd youth reckons the Abs will choke again

      BCC - 2011-06-23 07:14

      No Kevin, they are finishing 5th because there are four teams that are better. Don't be such an arrogant fool.

  • Dan - 2011-06-23 06:35

    Too late now. This means nothing. Had they selected to right team for the England match, it could all have been different. Dead rubber matches now. They might as well stop the rubbish matches and only allow the qualifiers to continue playing.

  • stephan.kriel1 - 2011-06-23 07:55

    Kevin i agree with you. But lets take this defeat like men and show them all what our senior boks will do at the world cup in NZ! bring back the GOLD boys!!!

  • Porra - 2011-06-23 09:59

    Have a look at who missed the tackle to let in the try against England. Why take off Venter who had a great game and then let bad defence cost you the game? I think SA coaches are obssed with the idea of subs. Hard lesson Dawie!

      Erik Calitz - 2011-06-24 06:31

      Yes I agree fully with your statement - and we call them professional coaches!!!!

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