Baby Boks outclass Ireland

2011-06-24 00:00

THE South African U20s returned to winning ways at the 2011 International Rugby Board Junior World Cham-pionship in Italy following their 57-15 victory over Ireland in Padova on Wednesday.

The Baby Boks outmuscled their opponents and ran in nine tries in a match which saw the South Africans employ an attractive brand of rugby.

Springbok Sevens talent Tshotsho Mbovane scored a hat-trick of tries, winger Wandile Mjekevu a brace, with South Africa’s other tries added by flanker Cornell du Preez, centres Jaco Taute and Francois Venter and captain Arno Botha.

Flyhalf Johan Goosen kicked five conversions while replacement pivot Johnny Welthagen added one conversion.

The Baby Boks dominated the set-pieces thanks to their efficient line-out and scrum.

The South Africans leaked two tries, but were superb on defence after outmuscling Ireland. The South African U20s, who conceded a 26-20 defeat against England during the final Pool C match on Saturday, put in a complete all-round performance.

“Compliments to the complete squad in Italy tonight for showing the world what this team can really do,” said coach Dawie Theron.

“The guys were really gutted after that defeat against England, and I am proud of the character showed by this team to come back to the same stadium and put in a performance that we know they are capable of.”

New Zealand, totally dominant at the tournament, will meet England in the final.

 

SCORERS

SOUTH AFRICA

Tries: Tshotsho Mbovane (3), Wandile Mjekevu (2), Cornell du Preez, Jaco Taute, Francois Venter, Arno Botha.

Conversions: Johan Goosen (5), Johnny Welthagen.

IRELAND

Tries: Paddy Jackson, Eoin McKeon; Conversion: James McKinney.

Penalty: James McKinney.

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