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Baby Boks to play UWC

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:12
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During the Junior World Championship the turn-around times are tight as well and in France we will have three days to prepare before playing our next match so we wanted to simulate that.

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South Africa's Under-20 coach Dawie Theron has named the starting line-up for the SA Under-20 training squad’s match against the University of the Western Cape (UWC), to be played on Friday afternoon at the Markötter Sports Field in Stellenbosch.

It is the first of three training matches lined up over the coming week for the SA Under-20 hopefuls. The players have been in camp since last Sunday and will end their training camp with a final match against UCT next Saturday. In between they will also be in action against Maties in Stellenbosch on Wednesday.

The starting line-up includes 2012 Junior World Championship winners Jan Serfontein (centre), Handré Pollard (flyhalf) and Marvin Orie (lock). The 1,98m lock forward Orie will captain the team, while playmaker Pollard was confirmed as his understudy.

According to Theron, the three-match training exercise is something they have planned with the 2013 Junior World Championship schedule firmly in mind.

Theron said: “During the Junior World Championship the turn-around times are tight as well and in France we will have three days to prepare before playing our next match so we wanted to simulate that.  

“The heat wave here in the Western Cape is actually a good thing for us because I believe it will also be quite hot in France during June.”

Regarding team selection, Theron said that everyone in the 34 man training group will get a chance to play.

“We will lose five, six of our guys after our second match as they are needed elsewhere, but that is not a problem as it creates the opportunity for everyone to play and after the UCT match all would have had a chance.”

According to Theron, players outside the current squad can still make it to France.

He said: “We will be looking at the performances of players during the Vodacom Cup and Varsity Cup competitions and if someone performs impressively, then he will come into consideration. Raymond Rhule, for instance, forced his way into last year’s squad at a very late stage."

The match kicks off at 16.00 on Friday, 18 January 2013 at the sports fields of the Paul Roos Gymnasium.
Team:
 
SA Under-20 starting team: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Justin Gedult, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Hanco Venter, 8 Ruan Steenkamp, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Albertus Smit, 5 Marvin Orie (captain),4 Irne Herbst, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Sti Sithole
*All remaining squad players to be used as replacements.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
 

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