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Junior Springboks own Australia in final pool match

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content on 11 Jun 2015 at 14:52
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The Junior Springboks dominated for 80 minutes as they marched on to the semi-finals of this year’s World Rugby U20 Championship, when they defeated Australia at Stadio San Michele in Calvisano Italy in their final pool match last night.

Last night’s display from the South Africans were their best performance to date after earlier victories against Italy and Samoa saw them occupying the top spot in Pool B.

The Junior Springboks opened the scoring after just three minutes when Jacques Vermeulen went over the try line for their first try. Brendon Thomson was spot on with the conversion as they took a 7 – 0 lead.

A Thomson penalty a few minutes later was followed by an Ox Nche try after continuous pressure paid off. Thomson added the extras as they took a 17 – 3 lead.

Thomson kicked another penalty with three minutes left to halftime as they took a commanding 20 – 3 lead at the break.

The Junior Springboks continued on their trend as they opened the second half with a try from right wing Khanyo Ngcukana, Thomson was again successful as he stretched their lead to 27 – 3.

Ten minutes later, flyhalf Thomson converted his own try as he scored the bonus point try in the fiftieth minute.

Springbok lock, Jason Jenkins scored his team’s fifth try as the game reached the final quarter, Thomson missed his first kick of the evening but the match was well and truly over at 39 – 3 with twenty minutes to go.

Australia eventually scored a try through inside centre Duncan Paia’aua, Andrew Deegan missed the conversion as they trailed 8 – 39 with fifteen minutes to go.

Left wing Leolin Zas was finally rewarded for his efforts during the match when he crossed the line for a five pointer, as his earlier try was denied due to a forward pass. Replacement flyhalf, Tinus de Beer added the extras as the Springboks took a 46 – 8 lead with ten minutes to play.

Australia had the final say when captain, Andrew Kellaway scored a consolation try in the final minute, James Dalgleish missed the conversion as the game ended 46 – 13.

The win means that South Africa top the overall standings on 15 log points after four games having scored 119 points including 16 tries and only conceding 26 points including 4 tries. New Zealand finished second on 14 points followed by France in third on 13 points and England fourth on 10 points.

“This was our best performance so far. We did not start well against Italy, improved a bit against Samoa and tonight we gave a much more convincing display. We did our homework on Australia and knew that they could be dangerous off quick ruck ball, so we contested well in that area,” said Junior Springboks coach, Dawie Theron.

Captain and eighthman Hanro Liebenberg also praised his forwards for a huge performance.

“We dominated upfront and that allowed our backs to come into the game. We scored some very good tries and I think the backs can be pleased with the platform that the pack created for them. There were still a few errors that we not happy about, but we now have a couple of days to prepare for our next match,” said Liebenberg.

New Zealand will face France in the first semi-final on the 15th of June, followed by South Africa against England.


Junior Springboks (20) 46 – Tries: Jacques Vermeulen, Ox Nche, Khanyo Ngcukana, Brandon Tomson, Jason Jenkins, Leolin Zas. Conversions: Thomson (4), Tinus de Beer. Penalty: Thomson (2)

Australia Under-20: (3) 13 – Try: Duncan Paia’uau, Andrew Kellaway. Penalty: Andrew Deegan


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