The South African Under 20 side chalked up victory against Tonga by 40-points to 14 in their opening IRB Junior World Championship game in Argentina on Saturday evening. Sharks fullback Patrick Lambie did most of the damage, scoring one of four tries and succeeding with all 8 attempts at goal.
Despite almost total dominance for most of the first-half, the Baby Boks only managed to score a single try through Bulls winger Sampie Mastriet, thanks in no small part to their opponents’ continual infringements on defence. Lambie showed no hesitation in stroking over the penalties as they came, though and by the time captain CJ Stander crashed over for the second try late in the first period, the South Africans lead by 26 points to 3.
Further tries by centre Francois Venter and Lambie himself put the result beyond doubt, despite some poor tackling letting the Tongans in for a try late in the game. The Baby Bok pack, featuring more Sharks players in hooker Monde Hadebe and locks Kene Okafor and Peet Marais, played well throughout and layed the platform for victory, with halfbacks Louis Schreuder and Elton Jantjes running riot with a surfeit of good ball. Lambie scored 25 points in the final analysis, through a try, four penalties and four conversion.
Two other Sharks in the squad, wing Sbu Sithole and loose forward Tera Mthembu, were forced to sit out the opening game as a result of niggles, but should come into the frame for selection against Scotland in the second game.Tweet