Coach predicts tough match for Baby Boks

2011-06-17 11:28

South African Under-20 rugby coach, Dawie Theron, expects his team to be fully extended for the first time in the competition when they face England in their last pool match of the Junior World Championship in Padova, Italy, tomorrow evening.

The Baby Boks walked over Scotland in their opening match with a 33-0 victory and beat Ireland 42-26 in their second match.

They share top spot in Pool C with England, who also won their first two matches. Both teams will hope to guarantee themselves a place in the semifinals.

“They (England) have skillful players across the park and will test us for 80 minutes,” Theron said today.

“We are going to have to be sharp in our execution and our discipline will have to be right up there.

“We’ve defended well by only leaking two tries, and our structures will have to once again be up for the challenge of containing a team who have not been afraid to play an expansive game.

“We are pretty much expecting them to continue that trend on Saturday (tomorrow), which is why we’ll have to defend well and execute our own opportunities which come our way.”

Jaco Taute, who was called up as an injury replacement for Craig Barry, has been selected at fullback in one of five changes to the starting 15 that defeated Ireland in the town of Treviso on Tuesday.

Theron has recalled scrumhalf Pieter Rademan, who starts in place of Lohan Jacobs.

Rademan, a former SA Schools captain, will partner flyhalf Johan Goosen.

Flanker Siyamthanda Kolisi will start his second match of the tournament and teams up with Nizaam Carr and Arno Botha as the loose trio.

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi returns to the starting line-up in place of Michael van Vuuren, as does prop Juan Schoeman who takes over at loosehead from Stephan Kotze.

SA Under-20 squad: Jaco Taute; Courtnall Skosan, Bradley Moolman, Francois Venter, Wandile Mjekevu; Johan Goosen, Pieter Rademan; Arno Botha (captain), Siyamthanda Kolisi, Nizaam Carr; Eben Etzebeth, Ruan Venter; John Roy Jenkinson, Bongi Mbonambi and Juan Schoeman.

: Michael van Vuuren, Nic Schonert, Jean Cook, Cornell du Preez, Lohan Jacobs, John Welthagen and Paul Jordaan.

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