U18 rugby: SA remain only unbeaten side

2012-08-17 00:00

AFTER the second round of matches in the U18 rugby series, South Africa remain the only unbeaten team of the four sides that are playing.

They won their second match 24-16 against Wales on Wednesday.

However, it needed the introduction of SA U20 hero Handre Pollard (Paarl Gym), who turned the tables for the local team, at Outeniqua Park in George.

The winning margin should have been much bigger, but the home side’s kickers had an off day, with several easy kicks missing the target.

At half time SA were leading 15-0 from three tries, but the lively Welsh came back in the second half and took the score to 16-9. Pollard came on five minutes before half time and set up two tries with two great breaks.

All three tries were scored by the backline, with wings Sergeal Petersen (Grey HS) and Matjikinyane Malopo (Ben Vorster) scoring the first two and then centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Waterkloof) scoring just before the break.

Wales had made it difficult for the young Boks by stretching the defence by some clever passing.

All the players who had been selected to the squad would have a chance of earning a cap and so there were eight changes in the starting line-up, which would have disrupted the South Africans early on.

Powerful scrumming was the main feature of the South African game, and with some good ball going forward, the three tries in the first half set them up for the win.

In the second half, Wales forced SA into several errors. Flyhalf Jack Maynard kept his side in the match with accurate kicking.

He succeeded with three penalties and converted inside centre Ben Robert’s late try. Pollard landed three penalties to secure a deserved victory for the SA Schools.

Tomorrow, the final day of the series, South Africa will play England and Wales will play France.

South African Schools

15 Warrick Gelant (Outeniqua), 14 Sergeal Petersen (Grey HS), 13 Jurie Linde (Affies), 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg vice captain (Waterkloof), 11 Matjikinyane Molapo (Ben Vorster), 10 Ryno Eksteen (Affies), 9 Akhona Sihunu (Dale), 8 Jano Venter (HTS Middelburg), 7 Daniël du Preez (Kearsney), 6 Thabo Mabuza (Centurion), 5 JD Schickerling (Paarl Gym), 4 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg (Affies), 3 Wilco Louw (Drostdy), 2 Chad Solomon (Paul Roos), 1 Pierre Schoeman captain (Affies).

Replacements: 16 Francois Esterhuizen, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen (Centurion), 18 Ox Nche (Louis Botha), 19 Abongile Nonkontwana (St Albans), 20 Jean-Luc du Preez (Kearsney), 21 Justin Philips (Waterkloof), 22 Handré Pollard (Paarl Gym), 23 Jesse Kriel (Maritzburg College).

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