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Baby Boks flay USA


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 6 Jun 2013 at 10:06
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Dawie Theron’s SA Under 20 side scored a comprehensive 97-0 victory over an outgunned USA team in La Roche-sur-Yon last night. While there was plenty of exciting running on display, the 16-try whitewash may well have left the coaches with more questions than answers.

The Americans made it clear pretty much from the start that they had no intention of extending the borders of the “home of the brave” to include this corner of western France; tackling appeared optional and at times just down-right non-existent from a side that were clearly out of their league against the Boks right from the start. Baby Bok captain Ruan Steenkamp showed his opponents respect early on, in asking Handre Pollard to kick the first penalty awarded, but when prop Andrew Beerwinkel barreled over for the first try not long afterwards, any thought of further points through the boot quickly evaporated.

Inspired to a large part by some scintillating running from fullback Cheslin Kolbe, the Baby Boks proceeded to carve the Americans apart, with the diminutive WP player scoring the second himself, before the likes of left wing Seabelo Senatla and outside center Justin Geduld got in on the action. In all, nine tries were scored en route to a massive 54-0 half-time lead. Seven more were added in the second half, with Geduld, winger Luther Obi, replacement back Jesse Kriel and replacement hooker Mike Willemse each ending up with a brace. Senatla equaled the Junior World Championship record by scoring four times.

The only blot on an otherwise faultless evening was goal-kicking, with Pollard missing five kicks from seven and his replacement Rob du Preez missing four more from his ten attempts. While the slew of regulation misses (particularly from Pollard) had no impact whatsoever against this opposition, the coaches will know that a well-taken 3-points could easily prove the difference between winning and losing when the side faces England on Sunday. Of further concern will be the total lack of quality opposition last night, which could well leave the Boks a little undercooked going into Sunday’s pool decider.

South Africa Under-20: Tries: Andrew Beerwinkel, Cheslin Kolbe, Seabelo Senatla (4), Ruan Steenkamp, Justin Geduld (2), Jacques du Toit, Jesse Kriel (2), Michael Willemse (2), Luther Obi (2). Conversions: Handré Pollard, Robert du Preez (6). Penalty: Pollard



31 Comments

  • Du Preez played well I thought ,not much between him and Pollard -perhaps kicking on the night. Would like to see them continue at 10 and 12.

    The game wasn’t ideal for us. It didn’t expose any weaknesses. I thought Ungerer was impressive as were JDP(7) and Steenkamp(8), so too was the reserve hooker.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.06.13 10:33:29 by Talent Reply
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  • But really you cant read anything into this game ,so I dont know why I mentioned who I thought were impressive :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.06.13 10:35:30 by Talent Reply
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  • I like that big blonde 7 a lot. Wish we had him

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.06.13 10:50:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ya he looks like a seriously good player .I hope they leave his at 7 and maybe just bulk him up a bit. Its hard to measure his effectiveness against what may have been a physical side around the fringes(usa) but completely outclassed out wide and from deep.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.06.13 11:43:39 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 4) : there was one really nice bump he did…. but the Americans eventually did figure out how to stop him… towards the end they gang-tackled him backwards and the crowd showed their appreciation.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.06.13 11:50:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Tough game to judge who’s got the goods, impressed by Cheslin Kolbe in the 1st half, great rugby brain on that lad.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.06.13 11:55:54 by Ludz Reply

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  • Can’t believe okes have not heard of Jacques Du Plessis before yesterday…he was just one of the best forwards ever seen at a craven week :smile:

    Although Jean Luc Du Preez will change that this year ;-)

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.06.13 12:03:52 by JJR Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Did you manage to find a stream for the game?

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.06.13 12:04:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : in a round-about way yes.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.06.13 12:10:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : how do they compare size-wise?

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.06.13 12:11:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Jean Luc is about 1.93 and 110kg at the moment and Du Plessis was 1.98 and 116kg when at craven week, he is now 201 and 119kg. But i see him more as a lock than a 7; it’s hard being that tall and being 100% effective at 7.

    Du Preez will be the perfect 7 in build, to my mind at least. Du preez also has the ability to offload and compete on the floor…a Deysel but with more speed ;-)

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.06.13 12:17:29 by JJR Reply
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  • BEWARE: if you go to the Tank your thoat might be parched :lol:

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/sharks-feel-the-bite-of-licence-woes-1.1527551#.UbBHSNKnqPw

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.06.13 12:37:41 by Megatron Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 11) : let’s hope you’re right.

    What about Dan du Preez?

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.06.13 12:40:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kriel, Pollard and Du Plessis will be in the Bok selection frame before the next world cup…i have no doubt. Exactly the type of players Heyneke would be looking for. All 3 are class, i just hope the bulls use them this year…Bulls take longer than most unions to use the young talent they have available.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.06.13 12:48:12 by JJR Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Dan is about 196m and 105kg currently. I have not seen enough of him at 8 to comment fully; but last year when he was at lock he was brilliant at linking up with the players around him…so should make a great 8th man.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.06.13 12:52:33 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 14) : Class? If they are to HM’s taste they must either be able to bash it up, or kick it, or catch up-and-unders :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.06.13 12:54:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 12) : I see where this is going. I wonder if the Sharks are clever enough to spot it.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.06.13 13:01:09 by robdylan Reply
     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 16) : Yup, they can all do that :smile: ; heyneke has already mentioned Pollard; and Kriel was at the last Bok training camp in Durban :smile:

    I back Heyneke in his way of playing; it’s traditional South African rugby and if executed properly you can’t lose.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.06.13 13:03:50 by JJR Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Well they might be clever enough to spot it, but will they be able to stop it?

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.06.13 13:40:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Ya, Jean Luc and Jacques are very similar in style of play

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.06.13 14:27:01 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 20) : which one is better?

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.06.13 14:57:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : I think Jacques, he’s got better athleticism, better ball carrier and his bloody strong, that said I’ve always liked Jean-Luc’s awareness, he can offload and he knows when to do that and when not to

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.06.13 15:34:51 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 22) : wrong answer :)

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.06.13 16:07:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 4) : Bulk him up?? He is 2.01m and weighs 119kg

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.06.13 22:10:41 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 24) : we were playing USA I know, but what were your thoughts on Cheslin Kolbe and Geduld

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.06.13 00:12:57 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 22) : Jean Luc trumps Du Plessis with skill speed and almost evens him out with size. He gets more tics in my book.

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.06.13 00:38:21 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 26) : can’t say I share your opinion, probably more skillful, but doesn’t come close to evening him out in size 1.93 and a 110kgs isn’t close 2.01 and 119kgs. Jacques the better all round blindside flanker

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.06.13 09:11:42 by Ludz Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 26) : I like this oke!

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.06.13 09:19:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 27) : playing a guy who is 2.01 on the flank is pointless. If he’s that athletic, make him a 5 lock and be done with it.

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.06.13 09:19:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : I definitely agree, I don’t see a long term future at flank for him, think he’ll be a 5 lock eventually, but I think Dawie is exploring the same option as he did with PSDT, luckily for him Jacques played the entire u19 campaign at blindside, he’s used to the role

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.06.13 09:29:16 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 30) : only because the Bulls contracted 5 under 19 locks, FFS

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.06.13 09:37:14 by robdylan Reply
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