SA U20 rugby side off to a flying start

2013-06-07 00:00

THE South African U20 rugby team got off to a flying start in defence of their Junior Rugby World Cup crown won in 2012 with a massive 97-0 win against the USA in France on Wednesday evening.

Running in 16 tries in the game, they had too much power and pace for the newest team in the JWC. At half time the score was 54-0 and although USA did get close on a few occasions, the South African defensive lines were too good to allow them any points.

If captain Ruan Steenkamp (ex-Monument) had not lost the ball just short of the tryline in the last movement of the match they would have reached over 100 points.

Two KZN boys, Stefan Ungerer (ex-Maritzburg College) at scrumhalf and his provincial team-mate at flyhalf, Robert du Preez (ex-Kearsney) were in the starting line-up.

Ungerer was a constant headache for the opposition, using darting breaks around the rucks and supplying good ball to Du Preez. The latter took over the kicking duties from Handré Pollard (ex-Paarl Gym) after he had missed a number of conversions. Du Preez scored 10 points with five conversions.

Another ex-College player, Jesse Kriel, came on as a replacement and looked very good with the ball in hand. He scored two tries, one a brilliant individual effort where he weaved his way through the opposition.

Wing Seabolo Senatla (ex-Riebeeckstadt Hoër) scored four tries in the game to equal the try-scoring record by an individual at the JWC. Others who scored a brace were replacement wing Luther Obi (ex-St Benedict’s), hooker Michael Willemse (ex-Grey HS) and wing Justin Geduld (ex-Tygerberg) before he was replaced.

The junior Boks now face England and France in their pool.

Other results: Ireland 19 Austarlia 15; Wales 42 Samoa 3; Argentina 44 Scotland 13; New Zealand 59 Fiji 6.

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