Theron remains hopeful

2012-06-05 07:50

Cape Town - SA U-20 coach Dawie Theron remains positive about their chances of making the Junior World Championship playoffs despite losing to Ireland.

The South Africans suffered a disappointing 23-19 defeat against Ireland in their opening match at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Monday night.

The Irish had a commanding 13-3 lead at the break and as hard as the Junior Springboks tried to come back, they could not overcome a sterling Irish effort.

“You’ve got to give credit to the Irish, they played better on the night and deserved this victory,” Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron said after the match.

“We certainly tried our best, but it is hard when you make as many mistakes as we did. We conceded two charged down tries and that made it very difficult for us to come back and get the win we have worked so hard for.”

However, Theron was still positive about their chances of making the playoffs.

“We now need to go out and beat Italy well and then beat England in order to give ourselves a chance to maybe top the pool. Ironically this might prove to be a good result as we now know exactly what is needed.”

Theron was happy that his team came off the field without serious injury considering the fact that he had to replace three players shortly before the start of the tournament.

“We have worked hard and had a plan for this match, but perhaps we did not execute it well enough on the night. We wanted a territory based game, but it did not quite work out the way we hoped.”


  • Emile - 2012-06-05 08:31

    Real poor performance. Can't believe those 22 players represented SA as a national age group side.

  • adrien.mcguire - 2012-06-05 08:48

    I don't think I have seen such a poor exhibition of rugby ever ! It was a shocker.

  • robert.dekramer - 2012-06-05 08:52

    Dawie, Brendan. If either of you had watched the game between the Stormers and Bulls on Saturday you may have noticed that the game plan of "Bumper Rugby" does not win games. In Afrikaans they call it "Stampkar" The Irish worked out the game plan 5 minutes after the game started.

  • phneethling - 2012-06-05 08:55

    2 charge down tries!! - maybe this tells you something about the efficacy of a kicking game!! (to be fair, the ref did treat the offside line with about as much respect as Germany treated Frances borders during WWII) - All the South African sides in the Super 15, at some point or another, showed us exactly how to loose by kicking away their possession. And all our sides look very promising when they keep the ball in hand. SA coaches really need to re-evaluate our tactics!

      Juan - 2012-06-05 09:18

      @Pieter. 100% on the dot. I also think that our kicking game let us down and especially if both the scrumhalf’s and the fly-half are very slow kickers. This can be worked on, because this was always Steyns problem as well. I also think that the number 16 of the Irish was way offside and this should have been spotted by the linesman. Another factor, and I am not blaming the referee, is the way the rules are interpreted by the North vs. the Southern hemisphere. The Bokkies will need to overcome this. A lot of potential in that team, but they need to get over their first game jitters and nerves. Playing a tournament on home ground is a lot of pressure. Go Bokkies…we are still behind you!

  • Christo - 2012-06-05 09:08

    The pitch was an absolute disgrace! It looks like they have turned a grazing field into a rugby pitch! Poor advertising for SA and a smack in the face of Hoskins, Roux and Theron! Danie Craven is definitely turning in his grave. We can learn a lot from the UK how to prepare a playing field!

      James - 2012-06-05 09:11

      And I suppose Ireland played on a different field from the the baby boks?

      René - 2012-06-05 09:17

      @James, I doubt Christo blamed the pitch for the Baby Bokke's loss! I do agree that it was horrible!!! A disgrace in fact. You would think that more time would have been spent on the pitch, we are after all hosting the JWC!! It is a poor reflection on SA. Anyway the guys must STOP kicking away possession, two of their tries came from charged down kicks. If they can take lessons learned from this game, we will be better against England, otherwise we will have our butts handed to us on a silver plate. NZ, Aus and England were exciting in all of their first games.

  • louisenchristel.botes - 2012-06-05 09:42

    It was the worst show I have watched since the boks in 1999. I really hope theron learns from this game, and uses our young talent better. I also hope that the baby boks really look at this game, and use it as a learning curve. I must say that I am terribly dissapointed, as I thought we had a chance to win this year, but I am sorry, after seeing England, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand in action, I think that those four will be in the semi's. Please Bokkies, prove me wrong.....

  • clivegoss - 2012-06-05 09:47

    Totally outplayed we were. Pathetic performance on the night. I enjoyed an excess of BELLS to drown my (our) sorrow

  • J.D. - 2012-06-05 10:17

    The result proof that in a tactical game brawn will never beat brains. If you want to win by brawn keep the fricking ball in hand.Theron must also tell the scrumhalves that their first priority is to pick up the ball and clean out instead of organising the backline. Those guys are supposed to know where to be and what to do. That cost us the game!!!

  • louis.venter.96 - 2012-06-05 10:21

    You had a plan? My, my, you could have fooled me. This team was pathetic to say the least. They should be called Bafana Bafana 2. Where did you pick players from. Did they buy their positions instead of earning it? If this is South Africa's best young players then we have a major problem! Bafana Bafana's record 96 place in world rankings will definitely be broken in the next few years. What is happening to our sport?

  • kitty.catty.372 - 2012-06-05 10:22

    I dont know what the pitch will look like in the next 2 days with the rain coming in.

  • kitty.catty.372 - 2012-06-05 10:24

    Wonder what the pitch will look like in the next 2 days after the rain.

  • Colin - 2012-06-05 10:29

    The team appeared ill prepared. The infrastructure at the grounds was not much better. Having to queue for 30 minutes to buy beers and to have the caterers run out of stock of burgers was disgraceful and not a good advertisement for South African rugby.

  • 5port - 2012-06-05 11:02

    Big let down... after very high expectations of all our excellent youngsters coming through and then last night... what the hell happened... hopefully it was just an very very very off day...

  • Bootman - 2012-06-05 12:26

    Dawie give Divvy a call. He can give you some pointers. He has won it before you know.

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