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Emerging Boks hold off Italian charge


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 15 Jun 2008 at 21:25

Chester Williams’ Emerging Springboks remain unbeaten in their IRB Nations Cup title defence in Bucharest but only by the slenderest of margins after battling to secure a one-point victory over a powerful Italy A performance.

The IRB reports that by clinching the win the South Africans put themselves in a strong position to retain their title on the final match day on Friday, and also overcame their coach’s worst fears after he had labelled the Italians favourites after their first round win against Russia.

In fact, Williams’ side started the stronger and looked en route to a routine second victory, to add to its opening 11-3 win against Georgia, but again struggled to impose itself against European opposition.

The Italians provided a strong and well directed challenge but made too many unforced errors to win the match, which was disrupted early on by the injury and withdrawal of referee Jerome Garcet of France. The Frenchman was replaced by his Uruguayan touch judge Gustavo Gerbasi, who did a good job in difficult circumstances.

The delay seemed to affect both teams, who seemed overwhelmed by the occasion, but ultimately it was the outfit which committed the fewer errors which deservedly won.

With centre and skipper Morgan Newman in commanding form, the South Africans started well. Isma-eel Dollie scored an early penlaty before a sweeping back line move produced the first try on the half hour mark by right wing Lolo Waca, and the South Africans led 10-0 at the break.

Paolo Buso’s two penalties brought Italy back to within four points but 10 minutes into the second half another fine piece of attacking play produced a second try for Bok left wing Rocco Jansen, which Dollie converted for a 17-6 lead.

Six more points from the boot of Buso made things very interesting at 17-12 but Dollie stretched the lead to eight points before good work from Fijian-born number 8 Mano Vosawia helped create Franco Sbaraglini’s converted try two minutes from time. That score brought the Italians to within a point but it was too little too late in a breathless finish.

In the day’s earlier kick-off Georgia won their first victory of the competition against the Teros of Uruguay, 20-18.

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Morgan Newman, Emerging Springboks captain

“It was a very tough match as we thought and luckily we won. The Italian team played very well as we expected and the match was very close, but in the end we won by one point, and a win is a win.

“We will work hard next week to prepare ourselves and we will be ready on Friday.”



31 Comments

  • Great stuff. Chester must be in line for a promotion soon. :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.06.08 21:49:54 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 1) : god, I hope not

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.06.08 21:58:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 1) : To coach Wee Pee yes!! :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.06.08 23:17:02 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 3) : Actually that would be a demotion wouldn’t it? :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.06.08 23:18:13 by Villie Reply
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  • oh dear :eek:

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.06.08 08:53:14 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • public holiday in SA, right?

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.06.08 09:09:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 3) : I hope and pray in all the names of anything holy or unholy that that does not happen.

    Unless he proves himself to be an above average 15 a side coach of course.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.06.08 10:29:54 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Romania beat Russia. We play Romania on Friday. Winner of that match wins the competition.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.06.08 10:38:54 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 8) : I wonder if we’ll beat them… they’re usually a pretty decent side.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.06.08 10:40:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I think we might lose. Home game for Romania. Not that I care much.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.06.08 10:48:08 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 10) : no. Also struggling to get too excited

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.06.08 11:08:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Emerging BOllocKS

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.06.08 11:10:47 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • I think that this tournament is a pretty good thing actually. Initially I was put off by the weak squad that we sent (I was going fly out to watch it but decided not to waste my time), but I think that the whole thing has provided some very promising youngsters with invaluable experience. It should do its little bit to improve the overall standard of our rugby.

    We do need a proper A team tournament as well as this though because realistically we can’t expect more than one or two of these players to challenge seriously for a Bok place.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.06.08 11:50:06 by Flashman Reply

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  • If we can send a squad made up of players mostly not even good enough for Currie Cup rugby and stilll win it doesn’t say much for the quality of the other int’l teams there.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.06.08 12:30:11 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • They should name them the Kwaggas or something.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.06.08 12:31:09 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 14) : true

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.06.08 12:32:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Does anyone know if the U20 Boks game against the Poms is being televised in the UK? This should be a cracker!

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.06.08 13:36:50 by Villie Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 10) : Yep wouldn’t be surprised if we did. Romania usually have a decent pack!

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.06.08 13:37:30 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 17) : I have no clue

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.06.08 13:40:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : I’m sure it must be. Tournament is in Wales and the Poms have a decent side (6 nations champions) beating the Aussies (who have plenty Super 14 players).
    However not sure either Boks or Poms will be able to defeat the Kiwi’s who seem to have another awesome junior side!

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.06.08 13:44:25 by Villie Reply
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  • dude, it’s on BBC Wales. Can you get that if you’re not in Wales?

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.06.08 13:48:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • one of the semis is on S4C… that’s channel 134 on Sky. Not sure which one it is, though.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.06.08 13:53:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 17) : Can’t find it anywhere. :evil:

    The other semi, Wales v NZ, is on some Welsh channel. S4C.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.06.08 13:56:46 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : What’s on BBC Wales?

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.06.08 13:59:28 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 23) : yes… according to the original TV schedule, the other Semi should be on BBC Wales, meaning channel 942 or 961… but I can’t find it in the BBC schedules

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.06.08 13:59:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Thanks, can’t find anything on the net. Only highlight at 23:20 on BBC Wales 2W. Will check Sky when I get home.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.06.08 14:02:52 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 26) : stupid internet

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.06.08 14:08:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Thanks a stack Rob.

    I’m keen to check this game so will also check Sky when I get home!

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.06.08 14:17:28 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 28) : don’t get too excited :( I can’t get BBC Wales here

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.06.08 14:21:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Flashman (Comment 13) :
    And it does not help sending a team to beat these guys 50 or 100 to nill. This way the Georgians etc. develope their rugby too.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.06.08 22:39:01 by JT Reply

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  • @JT (Comment 30) : it does have merit, but it’s not really helping us with our reserve depth. Not the way a full-blooded A-team competition would do, against real opposition.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.06.08 22:45:13 by robdylan Reply
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