Baby Boks down plucky Scots

2011-06-10 22:10

Cape Town - The Baby Boks kicked off their 2011 IRB Junior World Championship on a winning note with a 33-0 victory over Scotland in Padova on Friday.

The SA U20's held their opponents scoreless and achieved maximum points after scoring four tries. Centre Francois Venter and captain Arno Botha each scored a brace of tries. Flyhalf Johan Goosen kicked three penalties and two conversions.

"We're happy to achieve our first win at the IRB Junior World Championship, but there's still a lot of hard work that lies ahead if we intend to achieve our goal of which is to perfect the way we want to play during the next four matches," said coach Dawie Theron.

"The result is a good one, but the score difference is not something that we are going to be focusing on that much. We've only got three days to prepare for our next match which is against Ireland. For us as a team, it's about building momentum and ensuring that we are fresh for that challenge. We'll enjoy the victory, but are very much wary of the threat a passionate team like Ireland can be."

The Baby Boks overwhelmed Scotland in the scrums, were solid in the lineouts and produced a clinical defensive effort which strangled the Scots who attempted to run the ball throughout the game. The South Africans though were guilty of conceding numerous handling errors during critical periods of the game.

Man of the Match Siya Kolisi was one the standout players for South Africa, as was lock Eben Etzebeth. Both forward were instrumental up front and earned numerous turnovers for the Boks. Goosen dictated matters well in the backline, while the physical presence of Venter in the midfield stifled the attacking potency of Scotland.

Fullback Ulrich Beyers controlled the game at the back, and Springbok Sevens back Tshotsho Mbovane troubled the Scotland defensive line with his snipping runs.  

"I think we could have scored a few more tries during the match, and at the end of the day, it was our own handling errors and mistakes which saw us stagnate during periods of the game," said Botha.

"But we'll have a quick look tomorrow at where we went wrong and where we can work on, and start our preparations for Ireland. We know we can play much better than what was produced against Scotland, and hopefully we'll get that chance to rectify things against Ireland.

"Our goal was to win, and we are chuffed with the bonus point win, but we want to continue a proud culture in the squad of success. So it’s one down, and four to go."


South Africa - Tries: Francois Venter (2), Arno Botha (2); Conversion: Johan Goosen (2); Penalties: Goosen (3)


15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Tshotsho Mbovane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Pieter Rademan, 8 Arno Botha (c), 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Eben Etzebeth, 4 Jean Cook, 3 Nic Schonert, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1Juan Schoeman.

Reserves: 16 Micheal van Vuuren, 17 John Roy Jenkinson, 18 Ruan Venter, 19 Cornell du Preez, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21John Welthagen, 22 Craig Barry. 


  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-06-10 22:21

    Oi scrappy second half....the referee was wat too lenient to the scots who used spoiling tactics...the bulls under 20 players Bongi Mbonambi..Arno Botha..Francois Venter and the powerful prop Juan Schoeman had good gmaes....

      Flinger - 2011-06-11 08:00

      You wern't sober when you wrote this hey?

  • Francois Pretorius - 2011-06-11 02:06


  • 420 - 2011-06-11 02:34

    why even bother with an article - two sentences? my 6-year-old nephew can string together a better paragraph than this... Tips for the author: Try Scorers? Penalties? Conversions? Line breaks? Come on news24, you can do better.....

      PMG - 2011-06-11 07:50

      @420 - Actually they cant,no matter how hard they try - the editor has an OBE education. Well done baby boks!

      johnnyfilm - 2011-06-11 07:57

      i'm sure your 6-year old nephew also has better eye sight than you. the last paragraph clearly indicates who scored and how. whilst i agree that this is not the best written article i have ever seen, what exactly is it that you want.....why didn't you just watch the game and then see the line breaks for yourself instead of expecting a reporter to describe every damn detail for you. Really its time you got an HD PVR!

      Hitch - 2011-06-11 09:18

      I agree with Johnny, but what about: "You can catch the Baby boks in their next game against ............... on .............. at ...............!!! That's useful info I'd like to have.

      420 - 2011-06-11 09:41

      The original post went something like this. "The baby Boks got off to the best possible start by beating Scotland 33-0. " @johnny: The reason I didnt watch it was that it was a friday night, and some of us enjoy socialising instead of staying home. Is it not the reporters job to, well report? Is that not what he gets paid to do.

  • Willie - 2011-06-11 04:18

    Well done Boks, keep focused and "do your deed" against England

  • Jaco - 2011-06-11 08:00

    Well done Boytjies but for the next 2 days...................... passing - catching

  • zons - 2011-06-11 09:21

    well done

  • george.reztep - 2011-06-11 09:47

    When will we see the talented Cornell du Preez in action? Don't let him sit on the bench! Well done to the boyz. Don't sight see too much. Focus, focus, focus!!

  • Kaapie - 2011-06-11 11:20

    The commentary and the presentation from the TV crew was crap..

  • sonnyg - 2011-06-11 11:50

    Ref was way too lenient at the breakdown, this is what worries me about NH refs in the senior WC. Tacklers were not rolling away or releasing the player and there was plenty of hands in the ruck.

  • Zion - 2011-06-11 13:28

    Imagine it is 40yrs earlier than now. If I was in that team as a baby-bok and was referred to by that name then I surely would have committed suicide. Ag sies tog, kyk hoe gaan daai Baba bokkie ai. Do these bokkies also drink from their tittie bottles?

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