Vannes - South Africa Under-20 will tackle New Zealand with a
reshuffled team after Junior Springbok coach, Dawie Theron, confirmed his match
23 on Saturday for the IRB Junior World Championship third place playoff
encounter tomorrow in Vannes.
The clash, which kicks off at 15:15, is the last outing for
both teams at the 2013 JWC tournament.
There is new prop and a rearranged loose trio combination
amongst the forwards, while Theron made one positional switch and two changes
in the backline, including a new-look centre combination.
Upfront Sti Sithole comes in for Andrew Beerwinkel, while
the troublesome knee of Roelof Smit has forced Theron to change his preferred
back row. Ruan Steenkamp moves from No 8 to flank position to accommodate Aidon
Handré Pollard shift back to flyhalf where he replaces
Robert du Preez while Jesse Kriel gets his first start of the tournament at
outside centre. Justin Geduld was not considered for the No 13 jersey because
of a slight knee ailment.
Jannie Stander, the replacement lock who arrived earlier in
the week after Jannie Kirsten was ruled out of the tournament with a fractured
cheek bone, is included amongst the reserves.
Junior Springboks coach Theron said that his team approach
this as an important encounter because any match between South Africa and New
Zealand is a big occasion for both countries.
“We expect a very physical contest and I believe the guys
are still highly motivated and there is a hunger amongst them to take this
match to New Zealand. We really want to end this campaign on a high note,”
“If we look back at last year’s final against New Zealand in
Cape Town then I would say we had a recipe that worked for us and we will
follow much of that this time around.
“With next year’s tournament in mind, this will be an
important match because four players in our starting line-up for tomorrow will
still be available for next year’s tournament. They are Aidon Davis, Rohan van
Janse van Rensburg, Handré Pollard and Jesse Kriel,” added Theron.
The Junior Springbok team to play against New Zealand on
Saturday in Vannes:
15. Cheslin Kolbe (Western Province), 14. Luther Obi (Leopards), 13. Jesse Kriel (Blue Bulls), 12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Blue Bulls), 11. Seabelo Senatla (SARU contracted), 10. Handré Pollard (Blue Bulls), 9. Stefan Ungerer (Sharks), 8. Aidon Davis (EP Kings), 7. Jacques du Plessis (Blue Bulls), 6. Ruan Steenkamp (Blue Bulls, captain), 5. Dennis Visser (Blue Bulls), 4. Irné Herbst (Blue Bulls), 3. Luan de Bruin (Free State Cheetahs), 2. Michael Willemse (Western Province), 1. Sti Sithole (Western Province)
Substitutes: 16. Jacques du Toit (Free State Cheetahs), 17. Andrew Beerwinkel (Blue Bulls), 18. Jannie Stander (Golden Lions), 19. Kwagga Smith (Golden Lions), 20. Percy Williams (Golden Lions), 21. Robert du Preez (Sharks), 22. Dries Swanepoel (Blue Bulls), 23. Marné Coetzee (Sharks)