Bokkies start with a bang

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 14:59
Large ruan steenkamp630 Large handre pollard sa u20 630

The South African Under-20 side delivered a convincing second-half performance to secure a 26-3 victory against an Argentine U20 XV on Saturday.

The South African Under-20 side delivered a convincing second-half performance to secure a 26-3 victory against an Argentine U20 XV on Saturday.

Down 0-3 at halftime in difficult and wet conditions, the Junior Bok training squad scored four tries after half-time to get their tour off to a winning start in Corrientes.

The South Africans, in Argentina as part of their preparations for the forthcoming Junior World Championship in France, initially struggled to master the wet conditions.

The squad lost their regular captain Marvin Orie (lock, broken leg) on the eve of their departure to South America and found the going tough in the first half when they also played against a strong wind. However, they did well to restrict their opponents to a slender 3-0 lead at the interval.

A tactical change in the second half yielded far better scoring opportunities for the visitors, who eventually scored four times through Ruan Steenkamp, squad newcomer Aidon Davis and flyhalf Robert du Preez.

Replacement fullback Jacques Rossouw also landed two penalties.

Afterwards SA U20 coach, Dawie Theron, was understandably happy with the successful turnaround in the second half.

"We maybe tried to do too much in the first half, and that, plus the rain and soft underfoot conditions made it difficult for our guys to get going. With the wind in our favour at the turn we played a more forward-orientated game, driving the ball up and taking it through a couple of phases before sending it out wide," explained Theron who also said he was also pleased with their kicking after the break.

He added that he was pleased with the squads mental toughness, which served them well after a long trip from South Africa.

"The trip was long and when we arrived here we could only managed to fit in one training session, plus the weather was not good at all. We also had a few different combinations and the line-out jumpers had to adjust their calls because of the absence of Marvin, who was really good at managing our calls.

Overall, I am very pleased with the end result and I am sure the boys would have learnt a lot. I though Aidon Davis (EP Kings), who last year played for the SA Schools against England and France, did well in his first outing for us. Jannie Stander (Golden Lions) also performed admirably in place of Marvin," added Theron.

The second tour match is on Tuesday against Argentina U20 at the same venue, with the final series match taking place next Saturday in Buenos Aires.
 

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland U20 3 3 0 0 13
New Zealand U20 3 2 0 1 10
Wales U20 3 1 0 2 7
Georgia U20 3 0 0 3 1
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 3 3 0 0 14
Scotland U20 3 2 0 1 9
Australia U20 3 1 0 2 7
Italy U20 3 0 0 3 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina U20 3 3 0 0 13
South Africa U20 3 2 0 1 11
France U20 3 1 0 2 6
Japan U20 3 0 0 3 0
RELATED ARTICLES