IRB: Baby Boks beat England for semis slot

2012-06-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The Baby Boks produced a stunning second-half performance to down England in Cape Town last night to qualify for the semi-finals of IRB Junior World Championship.

The South Africans trailed 3-0 at the break, but scored four second-half tries to win 28-15 at the Cape Town Stadium.

The South Africans had to win with a four-try bonus point and when they went into the break scoreless the odds were stacked heavily against them.

However, the second-half tries from centre William Small-Smith and flankers Shaun Adendorff (2) and Pieter Steph du Toit secured a memorable win.

England, playing conservatively and attempting to prevent the South Aafricans scoring four tries instead of building on their first-half superiority, paid a heavy price as they failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time.

In the semi-finals, South Africa will play Argentina and New Zealand will play Wales.

Yesterday’s results at the IRB Junior World Championship:

Pool A

Wales 74, Samoa 3; New Zealand 33, Fiji 12

Pool B

Ireland 41, Italy 12; South Africa 28, England 15

Pool C

Argentina 17, Scotland 12; France 31, Australia 7.

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