Baby Boks: Calm heads needed

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:57
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Wing Sergeal Petersen said calm heads will be needed when South Africa Under-20 tackle hosts New Zealand in the semifinal on Sunday.
 

Wing Sergeal Petersen said calm heads will be needed when South Africa Under-20 tackle hosts New Zealand in the semifinal at the IRB Junior World Championship this coming Sunday.

Petersen is one of the 'senior' players in the squad and he has already played Super Rugby for the Port Elizabeth-based Southern Kings.

The Junior Boks finished top of the standings after wining all three their Pool C matches - against Scotland, New Zealand and Samoa.

The home team, NZ U20, into the semis thanks to Wales' win over France after they defeated Scotland to set up another mouthwatering clash with the Baby Boks in Albany.

Petersen said he and his teammates will have to be calm and focus on executing their game plan when they face the Baby Blacks for the second time in two weeks at the same venue.

"We are working hard in training to be as well prepared as we can be for Sunday," Petersen said.

"For us it will be important to stay calm and to focus our game plan and structures. We know NZ will come hard at us and it will be another tough match to play," said Petersen.

The EP Kings speedster, a South African junior athlete at schoolboy level, missed out on playing at the JWC last year in France because of a hamstring injury.

After three matches so far in Auckland, he said the standard of play at the competition is "extremely tough".

"The intensity and the pace of play are very high and demanding on each player."

South Africa host New Zealand in Albany at 19.35 (07.35 GMT; 09.35 SA time) on Sunday.

England and Ireland play in the first semifinal at 17.05 (05.05 GMT; 06.05 BST).

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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
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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