SA U23 away to Morocco for final

2001-06-26 10:28

Cape Town - The South African under-23 rugby team will meet Morocco in the 2001 African Championship Final in Casablanca later this year, the SA Rugby Football Union (Sarfu) said in a statement on Tuesday.

The match, a repeat of last year's final that was won 44-14 by SA, will be played on November 3.

SA played its final pool match against Zimbabwe at the weekend, winning 79-28 and ensuring a full quota of 20 log points to top the Southern Section log.

Namibia and Zimbabwe still must face each other in two matches on April 7 and 14 to determine the second-placed finisher.

Morocco won the Northern section after winning all four of its pool matches, beating Tunisia 17-14 in Tunis and 30-3 in Casablanca and downing Ivory Coast 18-11 in Abidjan and 20-18 in Casablanca to earn 17 log points - eight more than second placed Ivory Coast.

SA under-23 coach Rudy Joubert said he was satisfied with his team's performances in the qualifying rounds.

"It was a good team performance and there were many brilliant individual performances as well," said Joubert.

"There is a full Currie Cup season between now and the final and, judging by some of the performances so far, I may lose some of my players to the end of season Springbok tour.

"There are also positives in that most of the players will get to play in the Currie Cup and I will be able to select players on form for the final in November," Joubert said.