Five changes to junior Boks team for Wales semi-final match

2013-06-18 00:00

VANNES — The Junior boks have five changes in the starting line-up against Wales in the IRB Junior World Championship rugby semi-final in France, tonight.

Flyhalf Robert du Preez returns to play in the No 10 jersey while Handré Pollard moves to inside centre in place of Rohan Janse van Rensburg. Stefan Ungerer reclaims the No 9 jersey from his Sharks provincial team-mate Hanco Venter.

Andrew Beerwinkel will start at loose head prop in place of Sti Sithole while Luan de Bruin is restored to the side after missing the match against France because of suspension. De Bruin’s suspension of four weeks was set aside following a successful appeal. Marné Coetzee therefore moves to the bench to make way for De Bruin.

Among the replacements, flanker Kwagga Smith comes in for the injured Jannes Kirsten while Justin Geduld, who missed the French match because of a slight knee injury, was included among the backs after passing a fitness test yesterday.

Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron commented: “This is a very important match for us and we know that Wales are a well-coached side with a good structure and especially a very good kicking game.

“We have done our homework and believe that we are a well-prepared physical side and we are comfortable with the way we want to play. The team are looking forward to play in this semi-final match.”

Kick-off time is 6.15 pm and SuperSport will show both semi-finals live, with broadcasting starting from 6 pm.


15. Cheslin Kolbe (Western Province). 14. Luther Obi (Leopards). 13. Dries Swanepoel (Blue Bulls). 12. Handré Pollard (Blue Bulls). 11. Seabelo Senatla (SARU contracted). 10. Robert du Preez (The Sharks). 9. Stefan Ungerer (The Sharks). 8. Ruan Steenkamp (captain, Blue Bulls).

7. Jacques du Plessis (Blue Bulls). 6. Roelof Smit (Blue Bulls). 5. Dennis Visser (Blue Bulls). 4. Irné Herbst (Blue Bulls). 3. Luan de Bruin (Free State Cheetahs). 2. Jacques du Toit (Free State Cheetahs). 1. Andrew Beerwinkel

(Blue Bulls)

Reserves: 16. Michael Willemse (Western Province). 17. Sti Sithole (Western Province). 18. Aidon Davis (EP Kings).

19. Kwagga Smith (Golden Lions). 20. Percy Williams (Golden Lions). 21. Justin Geduld (SARU contracted). 22. Jesse Kriel (Blue Bulls). 23. Marné Coetzee (The Sharks)

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