Baby Boks down EP Kings

2011-05-19 20:59

Port Elizabeth - The SA Under-20s on Thursday night secured a morale boosting 31-16 victory over the EP Kings in their final match in preparation for this year's IRB Junior World Championship which takes place in Italy.

The Baby Boks ran in four tries and held their Port Elizabeth opponents to only one five-pointer in a match where both teams looked to run the ball through most passages of play.

"It was a hard physical game, something that we wanted as this was our last match before we depart to the IRB Junior World Championships in Italy,” said SA Under-20 coach Dawie Theron.

"This game can be viewed in two ways - we managed to score four tries, and we held a physical EP side to only one. Our forwards physically matched them and I was happy with our composure under all the pressure Eastern Province put us under.

"To us this match was about fine tuning our combinations, and testing certain game patterns. Twenty five of the 26 players going to Italy had a bit of a chance, and overall, I must admit that I am happy with the standard of our play.

"Obviously this team is work in progress, but there are more positives than negatives that we'll take with us to Italy. We have bought into a certain style of play that we intend to execute at the IRB Junior World Championships, and I believe we are on the right track."

The SA U20s turned down numerous penalty opportunities at goal and opted for line-out set plays throughout the game. The Baby Boks enjoyed a 21-13 halftime lead after scoring three five-pointers, two coming from line-out play.

Lock Eben Etzebeth and prop John Roy Jenkinson scored the opening two five-pointers which were both converted by flyhalf Johan Goosen. The South African team's third try was scored by scrumhalf Pieter Rademan. His five-pointer was also converted by Goosen.

The EP Kings' points in the first half was scored thanks to an intercept try by fullback Justin Peach. His five-pointer was converted by flyhalf Coyi Banda, who also added two penalties during the first half.

SA U20 captain Arno Botha then scored the first points of the second half in the 59th minute of the match after Goosen broke the Kings' defence to put his skipper under the posts to score his first five-pointer of the game. Goosen kicked the conversion to stretch the Baby Boks' lead to 28-13. 

Banda then kicked his third penalty of the evening after the Baby Boks were penalised for offside play shortly after Botha's try (28-16).

Goosen added the final points of the match thanks to a drop goal in the 72nd minute of the match to steer the SA U20s to a 31-16 victory.


EP Kings – Try: Justin Peach; Conversion: Coyi Banda; Penalties: Banda (3) .

SA U20s – Tries: Eben Etzebeth, John Roy Jenkinson, Pieter Rademan, Arno Botha; Conversions: Johan Goosen (4). Drop goal: Goosen.


  • Patrick - 2011-05-19 21:30

    They played against a team made upof 90% EP Kings Academy not the EP Kings team who are playing in Romania in a few weeks

  • CamsComment - 2011-05-19 23:52

    Of course the baby boks will beat them - I reckon if I get our old schools 1st team out of retirement that we could also beat the queen...kings xv. And then they want to go and play SuperRugby - I think we have enough SA sides in the bottom of the log.

      Durasmart - 2011-05-20 07:48

      It was the Kings u/20 academy side

  • Dan - 2011-05-20 04:48

    Oh yes. The Kings will play Super 15 next year. What a joke!!!!

      Durasmart - 2011-05-20 07:56

      The Kings senior side, not their u/20's will play Super15

      smithruan835 - 2011-05-20 08:34

      there were prob about 3 squad members of the EP kings present!

      5 slot - 2011-05-20 21:11

      Ja sure, Justin Peach is SO under 20

  • Durasmart - 2011-05-20 07:48

    If I was the coach of the Baby Boks I will be worried , because this wasn't the normal Kings side, but the Kings academy side, who are also u/20's and only slightly boosted by a few senior players of which only 2, Jacques Engelbrecht and Tiger Mangwene, are regular starters for the Kings.

      Peter Britz - 2011-05-20 09:07

      Fact is the Kings senior side won't even beat the Rebels! That said, I can't see the Kings beating any of the top six VC teams! Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, WP, and Pumas VC sides would all be odds on favourites to spank the pansies from the EP Kings!! Only way the EP Kings could conceiveably play Super Rugby before 2017, is by divine intervention of the Rugby gods (read political clowns) - 2011-05-20 09:39

      Ja nee dan sal ek ook my gat af bekommer as ek die coach was!

      Durasmart - 2011-05-20 10:31

      The bottom line is that this result is a greater morale boost for the Kings than the Baby Boks. The fact that the Kings u/20 side lost by only 15 points to their national counterparts, shows a lot of promise for the future of the Kings senior side in a year or two.

      Durasmart - 2011-05-20 20:18

      @Peter Britz. You should check VC results first before making such a stupid comment. The Kings did not play WP and Cheetahs because they are in the same section. They did however lose to the Lions at home by 1 point and against the Bulls at Loftus by 1 point too. They then proceded to klap both the Pumas and Griquas who finished 2nd and 3rd in the Northern section by 15 points and 10 points respectively.

  • - 2011-05-20 09:37

    I think Lloyd got exactly the response he was hoping to get from the Stormers supporters! You idiots fell hook, line and sinker for that one!

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