Baby Boks name team for final

2012-06-21 12:49

Cape Town - Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron made two injury-enforced changes to his starting team that will play New Zealand in the final of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 at Newlands on Friday and also included fit-again captain Wiaan Liebenberg to lead the team from the side of the scrum.

GALLERY: Baby Boks gear up for JWC final

Liebenberg, who missed the final pool match against England due to a wrist injury, came off the bench in the semi-final against Argentina and showed no sign of discomfort in the 35-3 win. He replaces Shaun Adendorff who moves to the bench.

Paul Jordaan and William Small-Smith, who suffered a hamstring and knee injury respectively against Argentina, will be replaced by Raymond Rhule on the wing and Kobus van Wyk at outside centre.

Rhule scored two tries in the win over Argentina after replacing Jordaan, while Van Wyk will play his first match of the tournament.

“Kobus has been part of our training squad from the start and missed selection because of injury, so it is good to have him back in the team and playing in the final. He slotted in well and I expect him to be an influential player in the final,” Theron said.

“I feel for Shaun, as he was one of our stand-outs in the tournament, but with William also out injured, we needed to have our captain back and on the field from the start. Shaun will hopefully make a significant contribution from the bench.”

Theron expressed satisfaction with the team’s final preparations.

“We are ready for the final. It will be a massive occasion and a huge honour for the team to contest a final in front of a home crowd. We worked very hard to get to this point and we now want to finish the campaign on a winning note.”

According to Liebenberg, the team can’t wait for the match.

“It is a dream final for us. Any match between South Africa and New Zealand is always something special and for us to play the defending champions in the final is the best challenge we could have faced. We respect New Zealand, but we have committed ourselves as a squad to become the first South African team to win the Junior World Championship. We are not backing down on that.”  


South Africa:

15. Dillyn Leyds (Western Province), 14. Raymond Rhule (Free State), 13. Kobus van Wyk (Western Province), 12. Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls), 11. Tshotsho Mbovane (Western Province), 10. Handrè Pollard (Western Province), 9.  Vian van der Watt (Golden Lions), 8. Fabian Booysen (Golden Lions), 7. Pieter Steph du Toit (KZN), 6. Wiaan Liebenberg (Blue Bulls, captain), 5. Ruan Botha (Golden Lions), 4. Paul Willemse (Golden Lions), 3. Maks van Dyk (KZN), 2. Mark Pretorius (Golden Lions), 1. Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)

Substitutes: 16. Franco Marais (KZN), 17. Allan Dell (KZN), 18. Oliver Kebble (Western Province), 19. Braam Steyn (KZN), 20. Shaun Adendorff (Blue Bulls), 21. Abrie Griesel (Blue Bulls), 22. Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls), 23. Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls)

New Zealand:



  • John - 2012-06-21 14:10

    5 Lions in that starting lineup so obviously there is talent in the region. It begs the question - why are they unable to retain their youth through too senior level. The bulk of SA's wealth is in Johannesburg so why do they allow smaller unions to outbid them.

      David - 2012-06-22 08:31

      The bulk of wealth may be in joburg but if how much of that wealth belongs to GLRU? Sponsors sponsor more for wins...and Lions have a tendency not to.

  • Byron - 2012-06-21 14:19

    STUPID decision!!! Adendorf to the bench!! u sorry but both the flanks should be their and are part of the resurgence of the BABY BOK side!! Wian should be on the bench... Both Steph Du Toit and Adendorff have been sensational....personally think the side would have grown alot in the last two games and woudlve felt confident keeping the combinations as close as possible...Adendorff is in line for player of the tournament for F@#$ sakes

  • Pieter - 2012-06-21 14:21

    Why drop the IRB nominated player of the year when you have that useless Fabian Booysen in the team???? En hier dog ek kwotas is iets van die verlede!!

      Deon - 2012-06-21 14:26

      Ja nee wragtig! Wat Dawie Theron hier gedink het sal ook net hy weet! Al waarvoor ek DALK sal val, en dit is n GROOT DALK, is as Dawie Theron voel hy het goeie impak spelers die laaste 20-30 min nodig!

      anton.bischoff - 2012-06-21 15:39

      Moenie dat enige iets anders vertel word nie Kwotas in Junior vlakke (SA en Proninsiaal) is die rede waarom dit nie so lekker gaan orals nie. Daar word onomwonde gese ons moet deelneem wen nie die oorwegende faktor nie. Gaan kyk maar wat in Netbal aangaan, het die spelers om in die top 3 te wees maar sukkel om Malawi te wen

      anton.bischoff - 2012-06-21 15:39


      Stormkaap - 2012-06-21 16:28

      Pieter, Booysen had a good game against the english, if anything Liebenberg should count hiself lucky!

  • cape.maori - 2012-06-21 14:36

    Hier kom probleme vir die baba bokkies! Cannot face the Baby Blacks without Adendorff - by the time he enters the fray, the game will be sealed by the Baby Blacks! You need to start with your hard running and physical okes like Adendorff. In ny view, Liebenberg fades when the going gets tought. Be that as it may, I'm not complaining. Best wishes to both teams and may the best team wins!

      Deon - 2012-06-21 15:50

      Cape Maori.. lekker inni Kaap ne! Hoop jy het n aardbol by die huis soos in die skole is, dan kan jy darem ook sien waar NZ is!

      klark.kent.942 - 2012-06-21 21:43

      Good morning Cape From beautiful peaceful New Zealand really looking forward to your boys support tomorrow morning our time for the game. Its good that the baby proteas have finally made a final in the under 20s in five years. I believe the winning of the cup will be a bridge to far for them. Tremendous pressure on them from their victory starved rugby followers. New Zealand will be to powerful, to fast, and to smart for them. Just as they over powered the welsh in the last 25 minutes they will do the same to the baby proteas.I just love all this toalk from the Bok supporters about how they will out muscle the baby blacks really! Are these bok supportes tetesterone challenged and suffer from small dicky syndrome. They might to know that the Baby Black prop is actually the biggest man in the tournament at 127 kg. Jordan Tafua the number 8 is the the player of the tournament, and the fact that no baby black has been chosen for the chance to win this prize speaks of home town selections by the IRB

      hvanderlinde - 2012-06-22 13:02

      Klark, At 127kg he literally only walks from scrum to lineout to scrum to lineout and is pretty much useless the rest of the time. Your time is up, make way for the new champions! We're not allowed to have a mascot next to the field because it might influence the BABY blacks mentally and give us an unfair advantage but you lot are still allowed to to your haka, so don't even mention this deluded idea of the IRB being predisposed to home town selections for player of the tournament! GO BABY BOKS!!!

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-06-21 14:48

    Some strange selctions

  • brian.b.vanniekerk - 2012-06-21 15:29

    Intresting to see all the Golden Lions in the starting line up ......... Will they be look after at this union?

      anton.bischoff - 2012-06-21 15:40

      If there's a change in the 2013 Supr rugby scenario i doubt if those guys gonna stay

  • Emil Visage Snr - 2014-06-18 13:38


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