Mass changes to Baby Boks

2012-06-07 13:43

Cape Town - Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron made 11 changes to his side to play Italy on Friday at the UWC Stadium in their second 2012 IRB Junior World Championship encounter. Kick-off is at 18:45.

Only centre Jan Serfontein, lock Paul Willemse, prop Steven Kitshoff as well as captain and flank, Wiaan Liebenberg, remained from the side that lost their opening match against Ireland.

Four players - Marais Schmidt (fullback), Travis Ismaiel (wing), William Small-Smith (centre) and Khaya Majola (flank) - will make their first appearance at the tournament.

Flyhalf Handrè Pollard and Braam Steyn (eighthman) were the unused substitutes against Ireland.

"This was always part of our planning, as we only have a three day turnaround between the two matches," said Theron.

"We are keen to redeem ourselves against Italy as we disappointed ourselves and our supporters against the Irish.

"I am convinced that the new players in the team will provide us with a lot of positive energy."

Liebenberg said the changes will not affect their play.

"We have been training together as a group for a while now and the new guys slotted in with ease," he said.

"We are lucky to have such a short turnaround in that we can now rectify the mistakes we made in our opening game.

"We are still in the hunt to win the tournament."


15. Marais Schmidt (Golden Lions), 14. Tshotsho Mbovane (Western Province), 13. William Small-Smith (Blue Bulls), 12. Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls), 11. Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls), 10. Handrè Pollard (Western Province), 9. Vian van der Watt (Golden Lions), 8. Braam Steyn (Sharks), 7. Wiaan Liebenberg (Blue Bulls, captain), 6. Khaya Majola (Sharks), 5. Ruan Botha (Golden Lions), 4. Paul Willemse (Golden Lions), 3. Oliver Kebble (Western Province), 2. Jason Thomas (Blue Bulls), 1. Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)

Substitutes: 16. Mark Pretorius (Golden Lions), 17. Allan Dell (Sharks), 18. Pieter Steph du Toit (Sharks), 19. Fabian Booysen (Golden Lions), 20. Abrie Griesel (Blue Bulls), 21. Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls), 22. Pat Howard (Western Province), 23. Maks van Dyk (Sharks)


  • Bootman - 2012-06-07 14:01

    ...................and the one change that needs to be made will not be made....................hey Dawie.

  • steyts - 2012-06-07 14:04


  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-06-07 14:06

    4 Lions in the starting line up and 2 on the bench that is good!

  • Bootman - 2012-06-07 14:38

    Come on Italy!!!!!!!!!! You can beat this bunch of no-hopers. Ireland did it.

  • J.D. - 2012-06-07 14:47

    This can only nean the wrong team was picked at first.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-06-07 15:40

    I wanted to watchthis game... maar jirre dit reen bakstene.. watch maar op TV

  • brent.wicksted - 2012-06-07 16:03

    With only 3 pool games before the playoffs you would have thought the coaching staff would be clear on their best starting XV!! Apparently not!!! Disappointing, as was the opening fixture against Ireland!!

      Shaun - 2012-06-07 16:42

      They are resting players because of the short turn around.

  • Martin Geringer - 2012-06-07 18:17

    Those 2 scrumhalves were pathetic! They cost the game. How could they have been in the team in the first place?

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