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Baby Boks teaches USA a lesson or 97

By Hannes Nienaber , in News , at 5 June 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

South Africa’s under 20-side started their title defending campaign in the Junior World Championship in France with a run-away victory of 97-0 over the United States of America. The Baby Boks learned the Baby Eagles a lesson and already built up a handsome lead of 54-0 at the break. 

The Americans had a very difficult job to start off with. They were promoted to the competition in place of Italy after winning the Junior World Rugby tournament last year. The Baby Boks are the defending champions in the Junior World Championship. 

South Africa just missed out on the century when their captain and eightman, Ruan “Stoney” Steenkamp knocked on the ball in the last movement behind the tryline. The Americans produced a good effort in the end, but could not manage to breach the South Africans goal line. 

South African Sevens’ stars Seabello Senatla, Justin Geduld and Cheslin Kolbe was too fleet footed for the Americans in the first half. Senatla scored three of his four tries in the first half. Kolbe’s stepped his way through the USA’s defence every time that he got his hands on the ball. He also scored on of the Baby Boks’ tries. Geduld recorded a brace of tries as he sliced open USA’s defence.

But undoubtley the performance of the game was produced by the big South African flanker, Jacques du Plessis. He worked tirelessly in the loose and gained valuable metres with the ball in hand.  

The South African coaching staff got a chance to give all their replacements a run with quite a few of them getting a run just after half-time. 

Scorers:

South Africa 97 (54) – Tries: Seabello Senatla (4), Justin Geduld (2), Luther Obi (2), Michael Willemse (2), Jesse Kriel (2), Andrew Beerwinkel, Jacques du Toit, Cheslin Kolbe, Ruan Steenkamp. Conversions: Robert du Preez (5), Handré Pollard. Penalty: Pollard. USA 0.  

 

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