Wales edge out Junior Springboks with last-minute score in semi-final

2013-06-19 00:00

THE Junior Springboks suffered the heartbreak of conceding a last-minute try and conversion to be edged out of the Junior World Championships, 18-17, (half time 6-7) by Wales in Vannes, France, yesterday.

The Junior Boks had twice come from behind to hold the lead in the final quarter and looked on course for a place in Sunday’s final and a chance to retain the world crown they won in Cape Town 12 months ago.

Lock forward Irne Herbst collected a short throw at the front of the lineout to crash over for the first try and give South Africa a 7-6 lead on the half hour. Then, replacement flank Kwagga Smith reclaimed the lead for South Africa with the second try on the hour to make it 14-11.

Handré Pollard had converted both tries and added a penalty to give South Africa a 17-11 with five minutes remaining.

However, Wales right wing Ashley Evans dived on flyhalf Sam Davies’s chip into the in goal area and Davies then converted from wide out on the right to give Wales a last-gasp victory.


South Africa – Tries: Irne Herbst, Kwagga Smith. Conversions: Handré Pollard (2). Penalty: Pollard.

Wales – Tries: Ellis Jenkins, Ashley Evans. Conversion: Sam Davies. Penalties: Sam Davies (2).


South Africa: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Handré Pollard, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ruan Steenkamp (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Irné Herbst, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Andrew Beerwinke Substitutes: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Aidon Davis, 19 Kwagga Smith, 20 Percy Williams, 21 Justin Geduld, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Marné Coetzee

Wales: 15 Jordan Williams, 14 Ashley Evans, 13 Steffan Hughes, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Ieuan Jones, 7 Ellis Jenkins (captain), 6 Sion Bennett, 5 Rhodri Hughes, 4 Jack Jones, 3 Nicky Thomas, 2 Ethan Lewis, 1 Gareth Thomas

Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Daniel Suter, 19 James Benjamin, 20 Daniel Thomas, 21 Joshua Davies, 22 Aaron Warren, 23 Thomas Pascoe

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