Sauls names team for Italy clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 8 Jun 2009 at 11:22
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South African Under-20 coach Eric Sauls on Monday announced his team to play Italy in their second Group C fixture at the IRB Junior World Championship in Osaka, Japan at 15h00 (RSA time – 08h00) on Tuesday.

Eight changes were made by the Baby Boks coach to his side that defeated Fiji 36-10 on Friday in their opening match of the tournament.

Wingers Gerhard van der Heever and Omphile Seabela replace Clayton Blommetjies, who is included on the bench and Sampie Mastriet, who falls out of the match day 22.

Vodacom Western Province Under-20 centre Nicolaas Hanekom, who will partner the Baby Boks captain Robert Ebersohn, comes into the side in the place of Johan Sadie. The South African side also boasts a new half-back combination with Lionel (flyhalf) and Ross Cronje (scrumhalf) making the starting lineup in place of Francois Brummer and Rudy Paige.

SA Under-20 coach Sauls also changed his front-row combinations with Caylib Oosthuizen (prop) and Zane Botha (hooker) making the side instead of Morne Mellet and Kyle Cooper.

Baby Boks flank Yaasir Hartzenberg comes into the side ahead of Tendayi Chikukwa while lock Jan Andre Marais drops out of the match day 22 and is replaced by Kenechukwu Ofakor.

SA Under-20 Team: Sias Ebersohn, Gerhard van der Heever, Nicolaas Hanekom, Robert Ebersohn (c), Omphile Seabela, Lionel Cronje, Ross Cronje, Christiaan Stander, Yaasir Hartzenberg, Marnus Schoeman, David Bulbring, Kenechukwu Ofakor, Julian Redelinghuys, Zane Botha, Caylib Oosthuizen. Substitutions – Kyle Cooper, Coenraad Oosthuizen, Morne Mellet, Tendayi Chikukwa, Rudy Paige, Johan Sadie, Clayton Blommetjies.


  • I thought Sias is a flyhalf!! 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.06.09 12:35:01 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : he is normally but Saul has been playing him at the back and he has done okay there!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.06.09 12:43:17 by Whindy Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : He was Man of the Match at 15 against Fiji!

    Good to see Kene getting a start!

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.06.09 14:30:23 by Villie Reply
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  • Yaya Hartzenberg is one to look out for.

    A very talented loose forward from Paarl!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.06.09 14:44:43 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Stander is also meant to be one hell of a prospect.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.06.09 15:01:19 by robdylan Reply
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