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, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
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
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
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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