A try two minutes from the final whistle by centre Stefan Watermeyer edged the SA Under-20 team into the semi-finals of the IRB World Junior Championships with a 16-11 win over Samoa in Wales on Saturday.
News 24 reports that Watermeyer’s try broke the deadlock after the teams had been tied from the moment – one minute into the second half – that SA flyhalf Francois Brummer’s second penalty had levelled the scores.
The Junior Boks now meet England in the semi-finals following England’s 18-13 win over a much-fancied Australian team in their Pool C decider earlier in the day.
The South Africans were made to fight for their place in the last four following easy victories over Scotland (72-3) and the USA (108-18).
Samoa led through an Ioane Sefo penalty in the sixth minute and a try by wing David Masoe four minutes later.
Brummer’s first penalty closed the gap to five points but Sefo’s second penalty in the 21st minute gave Samoa an 11-3 lead.
Flank Thiliphaut Marole scored South Africa’s first try in the 25th minute but Samoa held the lead at half-time (11-8) and it was not until Brummer’s second penalty in the 41st minute that South Africa got back on level terms.
Watermeyer’s try two minutes from time was the first time South Africa had led in the match.
In the other semi-final New Zealand will meet host Wales.
New Zealand beat Argentina 60-0 in their final pool match while Wales beat France 23-19.
South Africa will play England in Cardiff on Wednesday in the semi-finals. The match kicks off at 20:15 SA time.Tweet