Baby Boks finish in style

2011-06-26 17:29

Cape Town - The South African U20s ended the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in fifth position on Sunday after outclassing Fiji 104-17 in the battle for fifth place in Treviso.

The Baby Boks scored 16 tries which included a penalty try in a match which saw them play an attacking brand of rugby.

Captain Arno Botha ran in a hat-trick of five-pointers while winger Tshotsho Mbovane, centre Jaco Taute and scrumhalf Pieter Rademan each added braces.

The other try scorers for the South Africans were flanker Nizaam Carr, winger Wandile Mjekevu, centre Francois Venter; and replacements Francois Kleinhans, Paul Jordaan and Courtnall Skosan. Eighteen year old flyhalf Johan Goosen kicked 12 conversions and ended the tournament with a total points scoring achievement of 79 points.

"This performance added with the match against Ireland illustrates what this team was capable of doing all along," said SA U20 coach Dawie Theron.

"We scored 25 tries from our last two matches, and while there's still disappointment from our side that we failed to at least reach the finals, our recent efforts shows that if it were not for lapses in concentration during periods of this World Champs, we could have gone a lot further.

"But compliments to the players for standing up and showing South Africa what they are made of. We are proud country and a proud rugby nation. We know what we capable of, and the players simply expressed themselves out on the field today. 

"The margin for error in this tournament is extremely small, and I still believe that we are much better than where we ended in the tournament. The format and structure of the tournament is of such a nature that no team can afford to take their eye off the ball at any stage of the competition. There is no quarter-final playoffs in the Junior World Champs unlike the senior World Cup, this underlines that you have to take every scoring opportunity that comes your way."


South Africa U20 - Tries: Arno Botha (3), Tshotsho Mbovane (2), Jaco Taute (2), Pieter Rademan (2), Nizaam Carr, Wandile Mjekevu, Francois Venter, Francois Kleinhans, Paul Jordaan, Courtnall Skosan, Penalty Try; Conversions: Johan Goosen (12).

Fiji U20 - Tries: Eliki Sicinilwaw, Semi Radradra; Conversions: Josateki Lalagavesi; Penalty: Lalagavesi.


  • Kangaroo - 2011-06-26 17:49

    Didn't watch the game, but it sounds like it was a nailbiting afair.

  • Whitey - 2011-06-26 19:42

    Count 4 nouth

  • Juggernaut - 2011-06-26 19:43

    5th place. Disappointing. 5th is a tournament failure. They looked so good early on.

  • StBad - 2011-06-26 20:21

    Sugar coating an unsuccessful tournament... hard luck guys!

  • Martin - 2011-06-26 20:58

    When Naka was appointed for another term as coach for the Cheetahs - a certain person had his mouth full about it and that a certain Dawie Theron should have been appointed. I am not saying that Dawie is not a good coach - but he could not do what his assistant coach at Griquas have done with the bokkies. Question now is, is Naka such a bad coach? Eat your words Mr Clever.

      isak.dippenaar - 2011-06-26 21:31

      martin Naka only performs when his old friend Ollie speaks out against him. this happens all the time year after year. Is ollie given a contract also. We need to get to the same skills level on school level then only we might be competitive against the baby blacks. Our juniors are big headless creatures trying to bulldoze everybody on the field. it is not working guys.

      sonnyg - 2011-06-27 07:53

      I think you probably talking about me. I don’t think you can blame the coach for the failure of the baby boks this year. He was not the one dropping the ball off every kickoff against the irish or dropping the ball before the try line against the English or the Scottish. This is his first season with the baby boks and he was appointed very late as well. Naka still did not have a good season again this year. The only SA team he beat was the Lions. Enough said.

  • Marcell - 2011-06-27 05:28

    Should we really be happy with a 5th place?

  • Riaan - 2011-06-27 05:47

    Too little to late. Should have performed when it counted.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-27 08:54

    They lost one game by 5 points during the tournament,the set up is wrong ,we deserved a better placing,no way the walabies would have beaten us

      ChumScrubber - 2011-06-27 20:02

      25 tries in 2 games, these kids were good - definately not 5th place material. Snoozed against England, on any other day they would have beaten them. No embarrassment, its just the way tournaments often work out - would love to have seen them against the baby AB's.

  • PCDP - 2011-06-27 09:00

    I am proud of the boys they only lost one game! For the fact there is quarter-final playoffs is an issue! Well done to NZ, but our boys will be back!!

  • Porra - 2011-06-27 13:43

    One mistake costed them the tournament. Dont change players because you want to change. Hope you learned the lesson Dawie. Snorre nearly made the same mistake agains the British Lions.Should be part of the coaching guidlines.

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