Sports stars hail Baby Boks

2012-06-23 07:04

Cape Town - Twitter tributes to South Africa’s maiden triumph in the IRB Junior World Championship have piled in from beyond simply the rugby fraternity.

The Baby Boks deservedly beat traditional rivals New Zealand 22-16 in the showpiece before a record crowd of some 33 000 at Newlands on Friday - something that also earned some praise for this city.

Proteas cricket personalities got busy sending tweets, including coach Gary Kirsten (@Gary_Kirsten): “Unbelievable effort! #Babyboks #Champions.”

Acting captain Hashim Amla (@amlahash) also gamely put the team’s embarrassing successive Twenty20 losses to Zimbabwe and Bangladesh on the back burner for a minute, saying from Harare: “Well done babybokke! Putting a smile on the face of South Africans tonight. Enjoy.”

Sitting out that triangular but keeping his finger on the sporting pulse was normal SA limited-overs skipper AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17): “Proud to say the very least! Well done Baby Boks. #thefuture”

Similar sentiments came from top-ranked Test fast bowler Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62): “Well done to our Baby Boks. Future looks good with these young men!”

Former SA bowling coach Vincent Barnes (@VincentBarnes50) was clearly proud of his home city’s staging of the final: “Congrats to the Junior Boks on a great win. CT take a bow for putting up another great show.”

The feat did not escape the attention of the soccer community: FIFA referee Jerome Damon (@jerome_k_damon), who officiated at the 2010 World Cup, said: “RSA are the champions of IRB U20 rugby! Tears of utter happiness! Give thanks to the Almighty boys! We are proud of you.”
here was also an avalanche of well-wishers, of course, from rugby circles.

Springbok lock sensation Eben Etzebeth (@EbenEtzebeth), preparing for Saturday’s third Test against England in Port Elizabeth, wrote:  “Great, great, great! Well done Baby Boks. Now I can get over my disappointment of last year’s JWC!”

He was referring to the 2011 side, of which he was a member, ending a disappointing fifth then.

Now French-based Bok and former Bulls loosehead prop Gurthro Steenkamp (@gurthro) said: “Well done to the Junior Boks! You guys made this country proud!”

Here is a selection of others:

Bryan Habana (@BryanHabana): “A big up to Cape Town for packing out Newlands in support of our Baby Boks. #greatcitygreatpassion”

Flip van der Merwe (@flipvandermerwe): “Great win for the Baby Boks, played awesome rugby! Jan Serfontein is a monster, many years of rugby ahead of him.”

JP Pietersen (@Jppietersen14): “Congrats Baby Boks! That was amazing win, great stuff. Well done boys.”

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  • marius.roodt.33 - 2012-06-23 07:20

    that must be the lazyest form of journalism I have. ever witnessed. and that from the so called '' chief sports writer '' more like the best copy and paste candidate if you ask me. does news 24 actually pay him for this shoddy atempt?????

      gungets.tuft - 2012-06-23 07:51

      Read the title. It says "Sports stars hail Baby Boks". It was not an opinion piece. There are other articles about the game, this one promised exactly what you got - next time don't click on it. I too am often disappointed with journalism standard but this is unwarranted criticism.

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-06-23 07:58

      Well said gungets.

      nikondaniel - 2012-06-23 08:05

      He had a huge hangover I guess... tut-tut.

      raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-23 08:36

      We don't live in a perfect world.Any fool can criticise but,unfortunately,that same fool cannot offer constructive criticism.

      jason.children - 2012-06-23 08:42

      @Marius dont be such a tool! Its great all the guys support the Bokkies! You miserable samora ma bich! lol Well done Baby Boks!!!!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-06-23 09:52

      @marius.roodt.33 The modern feel good era we live in means everyone is a winner.And that's no artificial fawning either,so well done Baby Boks and cheers again for making the rest of South Africa proud.No need for smug and vainglorious comments on here now is there.

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-06-23 22:25

      And what do u do for a living? If u are so good why dont u go apply for the job?

  • Trent Hodges - 2012-06-23 07:51

    If you going to be critical of someone's writing, be sure your grammar and punctuation is up to scratch.

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-23 08:00

    With all due respects to the other Rugby nations,is'nt it ironic that the two giants of the Rugby World should meet again in a Final even at a junior level.What a great pity that through incompetent refereeing,we were unable to meet New Zealand in the RWC 2011,irrespective of who would have won.To add,our junior pack of forwards are an awesome force to be reckoned with.Well done guys,I hope you All make it to the senior side in the very near future.

  • faannagel - 2012-06-23 08:01

    this is great..!!.rugby very good so far.. only if we can say the same about the national soccer team wtf.??

      schaun.vanzyl - 2012-06-23 08:24

      and before the tournament they complained about to little quota player in baby boks.......i must say well done to the coach of baby boks for sticking with the best players for the best job... well done bokke

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-06-23 10:24

      I must admit, that after the game against Ireland I thought that we wouldn't stand a chance of reaching the semis ! Well done Baby Boks, you have made us proud !

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-06-23 08:19

    "Springbok lock sensation Eben Etzebeth " my o my!

      Jaan - 2012-06-23 09:04

      @Stompies if you fallow the verbiage in Sport24 reports you will find an elaborate use of adjectives towards certain players that is favoured by the predominantly Cape Town based Sport24 writer pool. The old proverb says "the pen is mightier than the sword" in this instance the rugby ball.

  • - 2012-06-23 08:25

    What a fantastic victory. The Boys must emulate the Baby Boks

  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-06-23 09:13

    BREAKING NEWS:wynand is not playing..apparently he,s going to be flowergirl at fransie steyns wedding

      jerome.harrison.56 - 2012-06-23 10:33

      #And you will be the " Rose " pinned to his jacket....enough with these boring jokes now

  • Zama Hlophe - 2012-06-23 09:16

    I have to agree with Marius on this one. It is possible to get Gary Kirsten on the record on such things especially when you are trying to draw parallels between his teams losses and the Baby Boks win. We can all access twitter ourselves , which doesn't really make this news. Chief writers should have better networks and relationships that can allow them access to something more than what the average smartphone can tell you. Lazy

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-06-23 22:27

      Zama & u are in the restaurant trade so what qualifies you to take a swipe? Did u study sports journalism? If not shhhh mamparra

  • NePhTron - 2012-06-23 09:18

    Proudly South African and loving it here during my visit in the UK!!!!

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  • steveroodt - 2012-06-23 09:50

    What a great Game did not miss a second was on the edge of my seat.A power house performance from these youngsters. Pity no comments from our Minister of sport yet

      Robi - 2012-06-23 11:36

      @Squatter, the minister probably went out partying celebrating their victory, he definitely will comment, be patient...

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-06-23 23:19

      A great game for a final. Two Equally good teams ... if one had to select an 'International U20 team of 2012' it would certainly beat the Mars U20 team. 3 or 4 flint, fast wings - genuine pace 4 creative, powerful centres 2 solid flyhalves 2 different but effective scrummies experienced front rows solid tight fives and .. of course ... the game players ... 6 outstanding loosies The Daddy bokke/all blacks to take on the Daddy Mars team for 2017 are worth a bet Betting is open === place yr bets.

  • steveroodt - 2012-06-23 09:55

    And congratulations to the Newlands Crowd for filling up the stadium but a pity about the Boooooing sad sportsmanship to those concerned

  • taedishadrack.moletsane - 2012-06-23 10:03

    Many many thanks to the baby boks,You boys made us proud as a nation am very proud of you and keep it up welldone.

  • Robi - 2012-06-23 11:31

    I am not going to evaluate the writer since I chose to read the article; I will focus on the game the baby Boks played. To me the champs showed that if you want to beat New Zealand frustrate them first and be consistent about it. Those boys won the game from the lineouts, we scored fewer points from the mauls than we could have, but the mauls were driven so perfectly that the kiwis had to resort to pulling them down, I think they should have got a yellow card or two from that, but that frustration was then translated to poor scrummage by New Zealand. the kicking almost cost us, it was not necessary, especially that we were not so bad at the breakdown. This is something that the senior boys need and if we can do that like the juniors did, we can beat England by 15+ points today. And hey, I am smiling right now because I see future in our rugby.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-06-23 12:31

    nothin from any current or previous bok captains? sies man

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-06-23 13:10

      The previous bok captain was having his own benefit match .... difficult to tweet when you are in the middle of a scrum!!

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