How the Baby Boks line up for Samoa

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 14 Jun 2008 at 12:08

South Africa Under-20 coach Eric Sauls has made two changes to his starting XV for what is effectively a quarter-final against Samoa U20s in the IRB Junior World Championships in Wales on Saturday.

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He has brought back hooker Pieter Janse van Vuuren for Henry Bantjes and beefed up the back row with the return of Nick Koster for the dynamic but smaller Johan van Deventer.

South Africa go into the match having scored 180 points and 26 tries in their two pool games. They pummelled the USA 108-18 in their first match and smashed Scotland 72-3 in their second encounter, but all will be for nothing if they lose to Samoa.

The Pacific islanders are the only other unbeaten team in Pool B having also disposed of Scotland 29-17 and the USA 20-6.

Samoa face a tall order in halting the progress of the Junior Boks who are the leading scorers in the competition and whose pace and fitness has swept aside their opposition to date. Flyhalf François Brummer (40 points) and replacement flyhalf Sias Ebersohn (25) are also first and second on the tournament’s leading scorers’ chart.

The winners of the match will face the winners of the Pool C match between England and Australia who are both undefeated in Pool C.

South Africa play Samoa at 18:00 (SA time) on Saturday at the Racecourse Ground by which time they will already know their potential semi-final opponents: Australia take on England at Rodney Parade in Newport at 15:30 (SA time).

SA U20: 15- Wilton Pietersen; 14-Stephan Dippenaar, 13-Stefan Watermeyer, 12-Robert Ebersohn, 11-Omphile Seabela; 10-Francois Brummer, 9-Dewaldt Duvenhage; 8-Gerrit Jan van Velze (captain), 7-Nick Koster, 6-Thiliphaut Marole, 5-Cornell Hess, 4-Martin Muller, 3-Frikkie Kirsten, 2-Pieter Janse van Vuuren, 1-Corne Fourie.
Reserves: 16-Henry Bantjes, 17-Jean Jacques Rosouw, 18-Sabelo Nhlapo, 19-Lusaseni Luvuyiso, 20-Sias Ebersohn, 21-Vainon Willis, 22-Cecil Afrika.


  • Baby Boks should do better than their senior counterparts

    English juniors just beat the Aussies with their 10 super14 boys…
    this from the irb site…

    “England became the first side to reach the IRB Junior World Championship 2008 semi-finals after edging a tight but enthralling clash with Australia 18-13 at Rodney Parade in Newport on Saturday.
    It was hardly a classic full of running rugby that the Newport crowds had witnessed on the opening two match days, but it was a game you could barely take your eyes off as Pool C’s top two teams went toe to toe and slugged it out in what was a feisty affair from the very first minute…etc

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.06.08 18:03:40 by spykerbaard Reply
  • score? is this game on supersport?

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.06.08 19:34:53 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • on the IRB site they are giving updated scores… seems the Baby Boks are scraping by… score SA 16 – 11 Samoa

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.06.08 19:56:08 by spykerbaard Reply
  • Seems we are going to win everything by small margins in this tournament. 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.06.08 20:00:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • 2nd half must have been a nightmare.

    Only one try scored.

    South Africa
    Scorers Player name Type Time Half
    Francois Brummer Pen 18 1
    Thiliphaut Marole Try 25 1
    Francois Brummer Pen 41 1
    Stefan Watermeyer Try 38 2

    Scorers Player name Type Time Half
    Ioane Sefo Pen 6 1
    David Masoe Try 10 1
    Ioane Sefo Pen 21 1

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.06.08 20:03:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • what makes you think we’re going to win it at all 😕

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.06.08 20:43:05 by spykerbaard Reply
  • we SHOULD win it. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.06.08 20:55:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Yikes…Zac Guildford was only on the bench for NZ 🙄
    They must have some side if he can’t make the run on team

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.06.08 21:36:12 by Villie Reply
    Competition Winner

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