Cape Town - Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Friday
said he was satisfied with the progress made by his provisional training squad
since they assembled in camp two weeks ago.
The Baby Bok coach feels there are several positives to
build on as they prepare for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in
Manchester from June 7 to 25.
The training squad members have been hard at work at
training to familiarise themselves with the structures and systems put in place
by Theron and his coaching team for the international showpiece, and they
capped this off with a contact session against the Western Province Rugby
Institute in Stellenbosch on Friday morning.
The innovation showed on attack combined with their solid
defensive effort by the players impressed Theron, who said: “It was pleasing to
see the players’ skill levels on attack and the way they put their bodies on
the line on defence, so there are several positives we can build on as our
preparation intensifies for the World Championship. The handling skills, in
particular, were really impressive, and it was pleasing to see how the players
mixed things up on attack.
“It was also encouraging to see how several players shone
out with their impressive performances under pressure and against a quality
Western Province Rugby Institute outfit.”
All the players, barring centre JT Jackson, flyhalf Manie
Libbok (Blue Bulls) and No8 Junior Pokomela (EP Kings), who were released for
provincial duty, and those nursing injuries, participated in the contact
The training squad will have further contact sessions
against the Western Province Academy on April 26 and the Western Province Rugby
Institute on May 6.
The side will face the Golden Lions Under-19 and Under-21
teams in Johannesburg on May 13 in their first warm-up match, which will be
followed by clashes against Maties in Stellenbosch on May 17 and the SWD Eagles
in Oudtshoorn on May 21.