Ireland stun Baby Boks

2012-06-04 20:32

Stellenbosch - South Africa went down in a shock 23-19 defeat at the hands of Ireland in their opening match of the IRB Junior World Championship here at the Danie Craven Stadium on Monday night.

The Irish led 13-3 at the break and managed to score a try in each half, whereas South Africa relied heavily on the boot of flyhalf Tony Jantjies to keep their hopes of victory alive.

The Baby Boks started off as if they would take Ireland apart with strong ball carries and their physical approach seemingly giving them the edge.

They secured territorial advantage but did not translate it to points and after camping in the Irish 22m area for some six minutes they had only a single Jantjies penalty, in the 11th minute, to show for their efforts (3-0).

After Ireland had held out on defence, they broke out with effect as the pressure they exerted saw the Baby Boks infringe at the breakdown.

In the space of nine minutes flyhalf JJ Hanrahan was twice on target with penalties from 30m out, which allowed the visitors to take the lead for the first time in the match.

As it turned out, the Irish never again relinquished the lead in the half as the Boks lost their rhythm.

Some 10 minutes ahead of the break the 12 000-strong crowd went silent as South Africa suffered another setback when openside flanker Jordon Coglan romped in for the first try of the match.

Hanrahan added the conversion from the touchline to open up a commanding 13-3 lead, which they held till half-time.

The Baby Boks were off to a sluggish start in the second period but they soon turned that around and the Irish tryline was under siege eight minutes after the break.

The pressure took its toll as lock Paul Willemse crashed over for a converted try and the score seemed to lift the Boks' play considerably in the ensuing minutes.

The Irish managed to sneak into the SA half when they looked under the whip and Hanrahan snapped over a drop goal to open up a six-point lead.

Jantjies was twice on target with long-range penalty attempts and with 16 minutes left the scores were level at 16-all. But nine minutes before the final whistle, flanker Conor Gilsenan rounded off a great driving maul with a converted to put Ireland back on top.

A late Jantjies penalty could not change South Africa's fate as the Irish celebrated one of their finest victories.


South Africa: Try: Paul Willemse. Conversion: Tony Jantjies. Penalties: Jantjies (4).

Ireland: Tries: Jordon Coglan, Conor Gilsenan. Conversions: JJ Hanrahan (2). Penalties: Hanrahan (2). Drop goal: Hanrahan.

Baby Boks team:

15. Dillyn Leyds (Western Province), 14. Paul Jordaan (Sharks), 13. Pat Howard (Western Province), 12. Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls), 11. Raymond Rhule (Free State), 10. Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls), 9. Abrie Griesel (Blue Bulls), 8. Fabian Booysen (Golden Lions), 7. Wiaan Liebenberg (Blue Bulls, captain), 6. Shaun Adendorff (Blue Bulls), 5. Pieter Steph du Toit (Sharks), 4. Paul Willemse (Golden Lions), 3. Allan Dell (Sharks), 2. Mark Pretorius (Golden Lions) 1. Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)

Substitutes:: 16. Jason Thomas (Blue Bulls), 17. Oliver Kebble (Western Province) , 18. Ruan Botha (Golden Lions), 19. Braam Steyn (Sharks), 20. Vian van der Watt (Golden Lions), 21. Handré Pollard (Western Province), 22. Tshotsho Mbovane (Western Province), 23. Maks van Dyk (Sharks)

IRB Junior World Championship results on Monday:

Pool A

Wales 44 Fiji 18
New Zealand 63 Samoa 0

Pool B

England 64 Italy 5
South Africa 19 Ireland 23

Pool C

Australia 67 Scotland 12
France 15 Argentina 18


  • Bootman - 2012-06-04 20:34

    The reason......................................stampkarretjie rugby. Hahahahahahahaah!!!!

      Jason Children - 2012-06-04 20:40

      amateur hour unfortunately. too many mistakes and just not good enough!

      Thomas - 2012-06-04 20:58

      We still haven't got it!! Rugby is not only played between the white lines, but also between the ears!!!!!!

      Jack - 2012-06-04 21:04

      That Griesel must be dropped immediately. He doesn't even know what a backline is!!! I've never seen so much pointless kicking in a game of rugby!!!

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-06-04 21:57

      They played Bulls rugby, Bootman?

      Johan - 2012-06-04 22:07

      @ fat Jason Too many hamburgers

      Ken - 2012-06-04 22:11

      Blue bull rugby!........and the senior side's going to try the same thing against England this weekend!.....hate to say it but we are going to get slaughtered! Please please Bokke don't stick to Meyer's game plan !!!!!

  • micheal.moolman - 2012-06-04 20:42

    Well! If that's the pride of our rugby, we're in big trouble. This year, at home...we'll be playing for the wooden spoon against Samoa and number seven spot in the IRB junior ratings, down from last years number five. Watch this space.

      Gerald - 2012-06-05 07:28

      I agree. If this is the future of our rugby, then heaven help us.

  • Ettiene - 2012-06-04 20:45

    what a disgrace!!!! and this is at home. The Griesel laaitjie is not even close of being called a rugby player

  • Blaine - 2012-06-04 20:45

    That was just a preview for saturday's game against England. Hope HM was watching.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-06-04 21:51

      Dude a useless NZ ref cost SA a play-off against a useless all black in the world cup. So just shut up....

      Rich - 2012-06-04 22:31

      So ckrohne, who will you blame if England put you in your place on Saturday?

  • Gareth - 2012-06-04 20:46

    Well that was like watching the BlueBulls on the road in the late 1990s in super rugby. There was no respect for the ball, no creativity, and when the team couldn't get over the advantage line, there was no plan B which led to mistakes. I am sure these kids are talented but there was no evidence of that talent on the night against a clever and passionate Ireland team. Can't figure out if the coach has told these kids not to think on the field or whether they are incapable of thinking for themselves.

  • David - 2012-06-04 20:59

    Hey boks ....cry me a river a bridge .. and crawl over it . You were beaten by the better team on the night. The brits will do ye as well

      ckrohne1 - 2012-06-04 21:55

      You wish. Go figure out a way to win a six nations for once....

      tim.marles - 2012-06-05 08:56

      and perhaps you need to figure out a way to win a tri-nations for once....

  • skhona.luswazi - 2012-06-04 21:00

    Flittzpatrick was right when he said if South Africa Don't wake up they will loose a respect as best rugby Nation because of lack of skills,flair creative. Towards their Under 21

  • jacquesalthea.knotter - 2012-06-04 21:01

    South African Rugby future looks grim,compared to Australia and New Zealand.Was Hoping to see some x factor players but saw none.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-06-04 21:57

      SA's rugby future has been looking grim for the last 20 years and yet they have 2 world cups to show. Dont be fooled by a couple of poor performances.

  • Rich - 2012-06-04 21:03

    Tactically redundant. Well played Ireland. Theres no way the Baby Boks will beat England playing like that.

  • Andre Kritzinger - 2012-06-04 21:08

    Wow, wat 'n gemors wedstryd. Het ons fetcher in daai span. Speel nie as span nie, almal speel op eie en wil drie druk vir glorie... Dawie sorteer hierdie gemors uit asb.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-06-04 21:36

      Andre, blykbaar gebruik mens nie meer fetchers nie. Dis nou volgens ons Bok coach wat nie vir Brussouw kies nie. So die juniors doen maar dieselfde. En speel dieselfde patroon. En verloor soos die Bulls en dan kan niemand verstaan hoekom nie.

  • momoza.mjana - 2012-06-04 21:16

    Am worried about the future of the Baby Boks nd da Boks too, whch sportng code wl ever excel in RSA? Hockey team don hav a sponsor, netbal z going down. Everythng z abnormal in SA Sport.

      Igenatius - 2012-06-05 09:56

      Sadly Momoza, the sport is the least of our worries..

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-06-04 21:16

    Werklik swak span op alle fasette behalwe Jantjies skopwerk. Komaan keurders hierdie kan nie die beste 0/20 spelers in die land eees nie!! Julle maak Sprinbokkleure goekoop!!

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-06-04 21:38

      Hannes, is dit nie presies dieselfde wat ons vir Heyneke wil sĂȘ nie?

  • banks.mokhachane - 2012-06-04 21:27

    replace everyone with the grey college 1st team or affies pretoria, and you will see a different outcome because when these boys play for their schools, they run riot

  • johan.joostesnr - 2012-06-04 21:31

    There is no heart and guts, no cohesion in the forwards. One really needs to question the coaching staff here. They need a big wake-up call from somewhere and they need to start playing as a unit. It doesn't seem that they have a game-plan at all.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-06-04 21:34

    Are we suprised at all? This is the same type of rugby the Boks will be playing. The same kind that does not work for the Bulls. Meanwhile Aus and NZ ran rampant and scored many many tries. We are now starting at junior level coaching our players not to score tries. Stampkar and defend. Our coaches have SO lost the plot....

      Andre Kritzinger - 2012-06-04 22:53

      Rinus, dis waar dit ongelukkig begin, by die coaching. Ek het al die trend opgetel. Leer die coaches die forwards om in die agterlyn te staan?

  • - 2012-06-04 21:49

    Well done Ireland.

  • banks.mokhachane - 2012-06-04 21:56

    the maturity of johan 'the goose' goosen is sorely missed at centre - wud have added cohesion and x-factor to the team

      dave.reyneke - 2012-06-05 06:02

      At centre?

  • cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-06-04 22:42

    It does not help that both ireland tries came from charge downs!the all black game was an eye opener...we are so far behind in the way they play the game!they are patient creative and just plain more brainy!for our youngsters I would say go watch all black rugby and learn

  • Johan - 2012-06-04 22:46

    Easy diagnosis: Too many WP players in the team

      cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-06-04 22:53

      Dit was flyhalf bloubul wat n charge down drie afgestaan het en die scrumhalf ook van die bulls het standing ovasion gkry so bly was die skare die coach haal hom af want hy was pateties!

      Johan - 2012-06-05 01:01

      @cfcoetze Shut up! Jy kom praat nie hier op my hand nie, ek hou nie baie daarvan nie!

      Igenatius - 2012-06-05 10:00

      Wow Johan. I have NEVER read a constructive comment from you. There are few words to describe what an absolute embarrassment you are to the human race. I feel ashamed that people like you are allowed to breed. :'(

  • cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-06-04 22:50

    Those irish blokes are huge!

  • Provence - 2012-06-04 22:51

    I guess we were playing to our strength, big athletic players with no skills.

      cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-06-04 23:05

      Exactly!but this time irelands blokes were bigger!

  • Jody - 2012-06-05 08:04

    Johan Goosen would have made the difference. Number 9s to slow.

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