Cape Town - Junior Springbok coach Chean
Roux said his team will take the lessons learned from their U20
International Series clash against Georgia on Tuesday despite walking
away with a 58-10 victory at Paarl Gymnasium.
A four-try brace by Junior
Springbok No8 and captain, Francke Horn, sparked an eight-try romp
against their World Rugby U20 Championship pool opponents, although the
team was tested thoroughly by the physical Georgian
“It was a difficult game and
we couldn’t get rhythm,” said Roux. “They slowed things down and we knew
that we needed to speed it up. They also had a powerful scrum, although
we expected that.
“These players are young and it was a good learning curve for them. That said, we are satisfied with the win.”
Roux was particularly pleased with their defence, as the only points scored against them was a penalty try and a penalty goal.
“We have been working very
hard on our defence, and have tried to adopt some of the Springbok
principles, so I am very pleased with that aspect,” said the coach. “It
was certainly one of the highlights of the game for
With matches against the
Namibia XV and the Argentina U20’s ahead, Roux had no doubt that this
match exposed the players to what lies ahead, and said: “They certainly
will know what to expect. It was good that we were
tested in the scrums and close to the tryline in the second half, and I
think we will learn valuable lessons from that.”
Horn stunned the Georgians in
the opening exchanges of the match as he earned a hat-trick in the first
26 minutes to add to an early penalty goal by flyhalf David Coetzer.
The visitors, in turn, could only reply with
a penalty goal by their skipper Tedo Abzhandadze.
Horn showed his array of skills to score from a charge-down, pick-and-go and then a solid run out wide respectively.
Georgia were awarded a penalty
try four minutes later, which allowed them to reduce the deficit on the
scoreboard to 22-10, but Coetzer extended it again as he slotted over
his second penalty goal.
The Junior Springboks
stretched their lead to 32-10 on the stroke of halftime thanks to a
stunning line break by Coetzer, who also added the conversion.
The home side built on this 11 minutes into the second half as Janko Swanepoel crossed the chalk from a pick-and-go.
Georgia managed to work their
way close to the Junior Springboks’ tryline a few times as the half
progressed, but the defence stood their ground, which denied the
visitors from adding to their score.
Horn showed his magic touch
once again as he made another break to touch down for the fourth time
and Caleb Dingaan and James Mollentze added another two in quick
succession to inflate their score to 58-10, which proved
to be the final score.
In the other match, the
Argentina U20’s registered a comprehensive 62-8 victory against the
Namibia XV as their forwards laid a solid foundation up front, while
their backs ran hard on attack.
Junior Springboks 58 (32)
– Tries: Francke Horne (4), David Coetzer, Janko Swanepoel, Caleb
Dingaan, James Mollentze. Conversions: David Coetzer (6). Penalty Goals:
David Coetzer (2).
Georgia 10 (10) - Try: Penalty Try. Penalty Goal: Tedo Abzhandadze.