Baby Boks have the right 'attitude'

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:17
Large raymond rhule 630
Hosts South Africa have the right attitude ahead of their IRB Junior World Championships Final showdown with New Zealand.

Hosts South Africa showed they have the right attitude, as they head for a showdown with arch rivals New Zealand in the final of the 2012 IRB Junior World Championships.

The two teams will meet in the Grand Finale at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday, after disposing of Argentina and Wales respectively in this past weekend's semifinals.

New Zealand produced a stirring revival with decisive tries either side of half-time to overcome Wales 30-6 in the first semifinal at Newlands on Sunday, ensuring the defending champions reached their fifth successive Junior World Championship.

And Dawie Theron's Baby Boks advanced to the Final after a comprehensive 35-3 drubbing of Argentina in the second semifinal at the same venue.

The junior Boks' coach, Theron, lauded his team's defence and ability to adapt to the conditions.

South Africa scored four tries, three of them in a commanding first half, where the team executed well on the drive, from turn-over ball and benefitted from some great running lines by replacement wing Raymond Rhule.

The Free State wing replaced Paul Jordaan early in the match - after the Sharks player aggravated a hamstring injury he took into the game - and Rhule scored two great tries.

"Raymond played a great match and I am very happy for him, as he stayed positive at a time when he was not picked," Theron said.

"He ran some great lines and the team found the balance between attacking and kicking. In the second half, when the rain came down, we reverted to a kicking game and again, it worked well for us."

Theron highlighted the defensive effort. "We again did not concede a try, even though Argentina hammered at our line. It was a massive effort by the team to keep them scoreless and I am very proud of the effort."

There are some injury concerns, with Jordaan the obvious casualty, but Theron reserved judgment on that.

"We will only have a full report on the injury situation [later] on Monday, but I am confident that we will have a full complement of players."

Clermont Auvergne vs Saracens
sast: 17h15 | local: 16h15

  • 6 | 13
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 17 December 2017
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
Fri, 22 December 2017
Leicester Tigers v Saracens 22h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Wasps v Gloucester 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins 22h00 Kingston Park
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 23 December 2017
Treviso v Zebre 14h00 Stadio Monigo
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 16h10 BT Murrayfield
Connacht v Ulster 18h35 Sportsground
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 21 | 3
Sat, 16 December 2017
Bath v Toulon 26 | 21
Racing Metro v Castres 29 | 7
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 22 | 17
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 26
Treviso v Scarlets 12 | 31
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 52 | 24
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 3 3 0 0 14
Australia U20 3 2 0 1 10
Wales U20 3 1 0 2 6
Samoa U20 3 1 0 3 1
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand U20 3 3 0 0 15
Scotland U20 3 2 0 1 9
Italy U20 3 1 0 2 6
Ireland U20 3 0 0 3 2
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa U20 3 2 1 0 12
France U20 3 2 1 0 11
Argentina U20 3 1 0 2 6
Georgia U20 3 0 0 3 0