Baby Boks off to winning start

2011-06-11 07:54

The South Africa Under-20 team sent a warning in their 33-0 drubbing of Scotland in their opening Pool C match at the IRB Junior World Championship in Padova, Italy yesterday.

The Baby Boks cooked up a convincing performance as they ran in four unanswered tries.

The South Africans, however, will face a tougher task when they meet Ireland, who lost 32-25 against England, in their next match.

Much of the credit for South Africa’s win should go to the forwards and the loose forwards in particular. Two of the tries of the evening were scored by members of the loose trio.

Johan Goosen laid the foundation for the Baby Boks late in the first half, with two consecutive penalty conversions.

He then set up Blue Bulls centre Francois Venter for the first try of the evening.

The flyhalf broke the line and found Venter on his inside, with the latter trotting through for the first of four tries.

The Baby Boks had a few more stabs at the goal-line but they were unable to finish off properly.

South African eighth man and skipper, Arno Botha, however, reaped the benefits of constant pressure on the Scottish defensive line.

Botha picked up the ball and broke away from a scrum 10 metres from the try-line to score the first of his two five-pointers.

The conversion by Goosen gave the Baby Boks a 21-0 cushion at the interval.

Scotland’s woes continued in the second half with the SA team’s forward pack continuing their dominance up front.

Venter once again crossed the goal-line thanks to an offload by flanker Siya Kolisi.

Botha scored his second try, which was similar to his first, 20 minutes before the final whistle.

As the match drew to an end, play became scrappy as the Boks lost some of their composure and structure.

: SA U-20: Tries: Francois Venter (2), Arno Botha (2). Conversions: Johan Goosen (2). Penalties: Goosen (3) 

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