South Africa Under-20 coach Eric Sauls has made two changes to his starting XV for what is effectively a quarter-final against Samoa U20s in the IRB Junior World Championships in Wales on Saturday.
Report courtesy www.sarugby.com.
He has brought back hooker Pieter Janse van Vuuren for Henry Bantjes and beefed up the back row with the return of Nick Koster for the dynamic but smaller Johan van Deventer.
South Africa go into the match having scored 180 points and 26 tries in their two pool games. They pummelled the USA 108-18 in their first match and smashed Scotland 72-3 in their second encounter, but all will be for nothing if they lose to Samoa.
The Pacific islanders are the only other unbeaten team in Pool B having also disposed of Scotland 29-17 and the USA 20-6.
Samoa face a tall order in halting the progress of the Junior Boks who are the leading scorers in the competition and whose pace and fitness has swept aside their opposition to date. Flyhalf François Brummer (40 points) and replacement flyhalf Sias Ebersohn (25) are also first and second on the tournament’s leading scorers’ chart.
The winners of the match will face the winners of the Pool C match between England and Australia who are both undefeated in Pool C.
South Africa play Samoa at 18:00 (SA time) on Saturday at the Racecourse Ground by which time they will already know their potential semi-final opponents: Australia take on England at Rodney Parade in Newport at 15:30 (SA time).
SA U20: 15- Wilton Pietersen; 14-Stephan Dippenaar, 13-Stefan Watermeyer, 12-Robert Ebersohn, 11-Omphile Seabela; 10-Francois Brummer, 9-Dewaldt Duvenhage; 8-Gerrit Jan van Velze (captain), 7-Nick Koster, 6-Thiliphaut Marole, 5-Cornell Hess, 4-Martin Muller, 3-Frikkie Kirsten, 2-Pieter Janse van Vuuren, 1-Corne Fourie.
Reserves: 16-Henry Bantjes, 17-Jean Jacques Rosouw, 18-Sabelo Nhlapo, 19-Lusaseni Luvuyiso, 20-Sias Ebersohn, 21-Vainon Willis, 22-Cecil Afrika.