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Junior Springboks bow the knee to England

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 17 Jun 2015 at 15:26
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The Junior Springboks bowed out as World Rugby Under-20 championship contenders when they lost to defending champions England at the Stadio San Michele, Calvisano Italy on Monday night.

The South Africans who have had an relatively easy road to the semi-finals, met a well prepared England side who dominated upfront as they scored one push-over try and one penalty try as the Springboks battled to get the upper hand at scrum time.

Scores were tied at 6-all after the first quarter as the two fly halves exchanged early penalties.

England’s eighthman, James Chrisholm scored their first try from a dominant push-over scrum in the twenty sixth minute. Rory Jennings missed the conversion as they took an 11 – 6 lead.

England extended their lead on half-time when referee Brendon Pickerill awarded a penalty try, Jennings added the points on offer as they took an 18 – 6 lead at the break.

Jennings stretched their lead to 21 – 6 after he slotted another penalty in the fifty fifth minute, opening a fifteen point gap as time ran out for the Junior Springboks.

Brandon Thomson had an opportunity to narrow the gap with three points but failed with a relatively easy kick a few meters out.

England put the final nail in the Junior Springboks’ coffin when outside centre Nick Tompkins crossed the line after poor defense from the Springboks. Jennings extended their lead to 28 – 6 with ten minutes to go after a successful conversion.

South Africa decided to play some attacking rugby during the closing minutes, scoring two tries in three minutes. The first came after replacement Malcolm Jaer scored in the corner and the second through inside back Daniel du Plessis. Thomson kicked both conversions as the game ended 20 – 28.

“You must give credit for England, who are the defending champions. They came with a massive forward onslaught and were very physical and direct. Both our forwards who were yellow carded are jumpers in the line-out and that disrupted us,” said Junior Springboks coach, Dawie Theron.

Junior Springboks captain, Hanro Liebenberg added; “We pride ourselves on our set piece play and England did their homework, making it hard for us in those areas. We have a lot of pride to play for against France on Saturday.”

The Junior Springboks will face France in Cremona on Saturday for the 3rd/4th play-off. Kick-off is at 18:30 and the match will be live on SuperSport.


Junior Springboks (6) 20 – Tries: Malcolm Jaer; Daniel du Plessis. Conversions: Brendon Thomson (2). Penalties: Thomson (2)

England Under-20 (18) 28 – Try: James Chisholm; Penalty Try, Nick Tomkins. Conversions Jennings (2). Penalties: Rory Jennings (3)


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