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Bronze ware for Junior Springboks

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content on 22 Jun 2015 at 13:14
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The Junior Springboks will return to South Africa today with some silverware, or rather some bronze ware, after beating France in the 3rd place play-off at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship at Stadio Giovanni Zini in Cremona Italy this past Saturday.

The Junior Boks outscored France in the first half, four tries to one as they took a comfortable 28 – 8 lead at the break.

Les Bleuets took an early eight point lead through a Lucas Meret penalty, followed by a five pointer through right wing Arthur Bonneval.

The Junior Boks replyed with four converted tries, the first through Sharks loose head prop Thomas du Toit. Lock Jason Jenkins scored the second try followed by back-to-back tries from Sharks loose forward Daniel du Preez. Brendan Thomson converted all four tries as they took a twenty point lead at half time.

France scored two early tries at the start of the second half. The first through replacement lock, Julien Delannoy and the second through left wing Lucas Blanc. Meret missed both conversions as they trailed by ten points, 18 – 28.

Thomson added a late penalty as the game reached the final ten minutes, to eventually bring the final score to 31 – 18 and claim the bronze medal for their 3rd place finish.

Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron said afterwards that his side made the best of their opportunities in the first half but they struggled to find their rhythm after halftime.

“We showed good composure to score those tries in the first half after France had led 8-0. We couldn’t find our rhythm and momentum in the second half and the French did well to put us under pressure.

“I’m glad we were able to finish the tournament with a win,” said Theron.

Brandon Thomson topped the “top scorers” colomn with a total of 59 points. He scored one try, kicked fifteen conversions and eight penalties. England’s Rory Jennings finished second on 51 points followed by Samoa’s Malu Falaniko and New Zealand’s Otere Black both on 43 points.

Jason Jenkings finished as the top try scorer for the Junior Boks with three tries, followed by Dan du Preez, Hanro Liebenberg, Leolin Zas, Thomas du Toit and Thinus de Beer all on two tries each.


Junior Springboks (28) 31 – Tries: Thomas du Toit, Jason Jenkins, Dan du Preez (2). Conversions: Brandon Thomson (4). Penalty: Thomson.

France (8) 18 – Tries: Arthur Bonneval, Julien Delannoy, Lucas Blanc. Penalty: Lucas Meret.


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