Cape Town - SA Schools coach Lance Sendin attributed his team’s 52-22
defeat against England at City Park Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday to missed
opportunities and lapses in concentration on defence.
The defeat left the team
winless in the Under-19 International Series.
Errors at crucial times, missed tackles and the inability to
capitalise on their point-scoring chances - which let the team down in their
matches against Wales and France - continued to haunt the SA Schools team,
despite a call by Sendin on Friday for a vastly improved showing from his
“We didn’t play the way we wanted to in the first half and
we missed three opportunities to score,” said Sendin.
“We bounced back in the first 10 minutes of the second half,
but we let it slip again. So in essence bad defence and our inability to use a
number of chances cost us again.”
Sendin, however, hoped that the players would use the
lessons learned during the tournament in future and said: “We played against
teams that were settled outfits who have played together and against one
another in the past, and it is important that players learn from this
tournament as they progress through the ranks.
"Some of the players in the squad are still Under-17 so
they will be back next year, and they will know what to expect.”
In a disappointing first half for the hosts, flyhalf Stephan
der Bank missed two penalty goals in the first five minutes, while a knock-on
close to the tryline and a subsequent lost ball on the tryline left the team
scoreless at the break for the second match in a row.
In turn England ran hard on attack throughout the half and
broke through tackles easily, while they did well to force their way over the
advantage line almost every time they carried the ball up-field, which earned
them three first-half tries compliments of fullback Ollie Hassell-Collins, lock
Josh Basham and captain and No 8 Sam Moore respectively.
This handed them an encouraging 19-0 lead at the break.
The SA Schools team fought back strongly early in the second
half with back-to-back tries by winger Muller du Plessis and flanker Henco
Martins respectively followed by a penalty goal by Qamani Kota, which reduced
the deficit to 19-15 with 26 minutes to play.
England, however, hit back with two tries in two minutes by
forwards Nic Rigby and Tom Willis and three more as the half progressed thanks
to Caden Murley, Sam Spink and Nick David to take their tally for the match to
The SA Schools team, meanwhile, were only able to add one
more try to their tally with Du Plessis receiving the ball in space and racing
to the tryline.
In the other match, France defeated Wales 31-19.
Tries: Muller du Plessis (2),
Conversions: Qamani Kota (2)
Penalty Goal: Qamani Kota
Tries: Ollie Hassell-Collins, Josh
Basham, Sam Moore, Nic Rigby, Tom Willis, Caden Murley, Sam Spink, Nick David
Conversions: Cameron Redpath (3), Kieran Wilkinson (3)