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Junior Boks thrash Argentina


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 18 Jun 2012 at 09:30
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Dawie Theron’s Junior Springboks kicked on nicely after a famous win against England in midweek to annihilate Arengtina in a one-sided semi-final at Newlands last night. The Under 20 side booked a place in Friday’s final – against the Junior All Blacks – with a four-try-to-nothing 35-3 victory.

The match started off in the worst possible way for the hosts, though; right wing Paul Jordaan, so instrumental in the win against England, lasted a scant 5 minutes. He came onto the field with his hamstring heavily strapped and clearly should never have been cleared fit. This proved not to matter on the day, though, with replacement Raymond Rhule taking full advantage of his rare chance and scoring two of the Boks’ four tries.

The day, arguably, belonged to the pack, with the likes of Piet-Steph du Toit, Maks van Dyk, Mark Pretorius and Paul Willemse putting in massive individual performances to ensure that the forward contest remained a one-sided affair throughout. It was from the platform provided by a dominant scrum deep in Pumitas territory that once-again impressive centre Jan Serfontein burst over for the first try, while the second came off a perfectly-execute line out drive that saw hooker Pretorius emerge with the honours.

It was the Rhule show after that, though, with the young Ghanaian-born winger showing a combination of pace and power reminiscent of a young Lwazi Mvovo in scoring either side of half time.

Perhaps the only slight dampener (well, apart from the second half rain) on a great evening was that the Bokkies clearly decided to shut up shop after Rhule’s second, knowing that the game was well won. Every kickable shot at goal was taken with the emphasis clearly being on staying in good shape for Friday’s final, rather than attempting to run up a big score against the Argies. As it was, though, inspirational skipper William Small-Smith went down with a leg injury and the coaching staff will be hoping that, along with Jordaan, he is passed fit for Friday’s game.

We need to give this entire squad, players and coaches alike, a huge amount of praise and credit, though, for the way they have turned things around in a campaign that appeared to be virtually stillborn after the shock opening loss against Ireland. Win or lose against the Junior All Blacks, this group of young Springboks has already done their country proud.

Junior Springboks (35):
Tries: Jan Serfontein, Mark Pretorius, Raymond Rhule (2)
Conversions: Handre Pollard (3)
Penalties: Pollard (2), Tony Jantjies

Argentina (3):
Penalty: Sebastian Poet (3)



30 Comments

  • Hi I’m new to this site-it was interesting to hear the crowd boo the junior springboks when they decided to kick at goal in that last few passages of play

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.06.12 09:38:12 by clyde1992 Reply
     
  • @clyde1992 (Comment 1) : hi Clyde – welcome.

    I think it was a young crowd who came to see a festival game and were probably quite rowdy by the second half. I’m not sure why they were expecting the Boks to approach this in that way, though, given how much was at stake.

    Buffoons. You never boo your own team. In fact, it’s classless to boo any team.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.06.12 09:49:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • I like the look of Rhule. Very often youngsters try too much on their own, especially after scoring two tries, but Rhule spread the ball and generally played every situtation in which he had the ball correctly. Great prospect!

    Hopefully Jordaan is OK by Friday. Would be great to see him at 13 with Rhule on his outside.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.06.12 09:55:24 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Wait till the final, there will be ample Baby Black support and they will boo the young Boks.
    Hell I was even at Newlands when Luke Watson, playing for the Stormers, was boo(e)d.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.06.12 10:06:00 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 3) : I like Rhule. Would be a great addition to the Sharks u21 back line…

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.06.12 10:15:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 3) : Changed your mind about Serfontein yet?

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.06.12 10:17:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Agreed. The Boks were booed on Saturday when England so effectively used the rolling mauls and it made my blood boil. Also don’t like it when the opposition team are booed.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.06.12 10:28:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 6) : He had a very good game yesterday.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.12 10:29:27 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Think so too, but apparently he is contracted to the Cheetahs?

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.06.12 10:30:23 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 8) : He’s had a very good tournament. Our best player throughout imo.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.06.12 10:32:35 by Ben Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 9) : He is..

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.06.12 10:33:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 9) : ag ja… no doubt being paid in second-hand rugby boots and Chappies like the rest of their junior (and senior) squad

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.06.12 10:35:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Ja but why do you want them at the Sharks when there are no coaches or shrinks there.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.06.12 10:45:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 10) : He has definitely improved a lot since the first game. My SA player of the tournament would be Adendorff, but then I’m biased towards forwards ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.06.12 10:47:38 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.06.12 10:48:07 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 14) : Haha!

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.06.12 10:49:51 by Ben Reply
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  • It was quite funny listening to the interviews and a guy with a name William Small-Smith is actually Afrikaans.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.06.12 10:52:22 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : All the Small-Smiths I know are Afrikaans.

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.06.12 11:01:30 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : last week HendrikP was gushing about how “articulate” Small-Smith is hahahha

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.06.12 11:03:13 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 19) : HendrikP has no mode other than “gush”… or wait, there’s also “pout” :)

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.06.12 11:04:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : It must be the English / Afrikaans mixtures down the line in SA. I know a Small-Smith and he is as English as they come with his perfect RP English.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.06.12 11:26:33 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 21) : The joys of the melting pot that is South Africa, I remember reading an article about the black van der Merwes some time ago.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.06.12 11:33:54 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : the one I loved was the Afrikaans Juan Smith playing for the Cheetahs against the English John Smit of the Sharks :)

    Not sure who the Spaniard was… but clearly a good friend of Mr Smith’s mother somewhere along the line :) :oops:

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.06.12 11:36:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 19) : Someone can be articulate without having a bloody plum shoved up his backside, one would think you would know that.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.06.12 11:37:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • while I’m on the topic… it irritates me almost as much as the “Graig” thing when the Afrikaans take a name like Juan (pronounced “ghwun”) and turn it into “djooowun”

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.06.12 11:37:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : :lol: and everyone got the Smith and Smits mixed up.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.06.12 12:31:10 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 24) : i know that hehehe :lol: just that hendrikP’s definition of “articulate” is william doesn’t speak like bakkies or willem alberts

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.06.12 12:43:18 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 27) : Sarel Pretorius! :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.06.12 13:09:10 by Ben Reply
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  • A few stars in that Baby Bok team.

    Serfontein has been excellent in the matches against the Poms and the Argies. Small-Smith is decent too and we all know the quality of Jordaan.
    Pollard looks another fine talent and only 18 so a very bright future.

    In the forwards, Adendorff has a great attitude and the 2 locks are both decent. Wasn’t impressed with the hookers or the scrummies.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.06.12 14:42:13 by Villie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : that “djoowun” pronunciation drives me crazy.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.06.12 16:31:17 by lostfish Reply
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