The Baby-Boks played Ireland in one of two fifth-place semi-finals at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championships in Italy and came away with a 57 – 15 win, and will now face Fiji in the final 5th place playoff on Sunday.
The Bokkies ran in nine tries to the two by Ireland, with Sevens star Tshotsho Mbovane dotting down three times and Lions winger Wandile Mjekevu getting two. Johan Goosen converted five of the tries with replacement flyhalf Johnny Welthagen adding two points as well.
The Baby Boks dominated the set-pieces thanks to their efficient line-out and scrum. The South Africans leaked two tries, but were superb on defence after outmuscling Ireland. The SA U20s, who conceded a 26-20 defeat against England during the final Pool C match on Saturday, put in a complete all round performance.
South Africa – Tries: Tshotsho Mbovane (3), Wandile Mjekevu (2), Cornell du Preez, Jaco Taute, Francois Venter, Arno Botha; Conversions: Johan Goosen (5), Johnny Welthagen.
Ireland – Tries: Paddy Jackson, Eoin McKeon; Conversion: James McKinney; Penalty: McKinney.Tweet