Theron names Baby Boks for first Argentina clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 13 Apr 2012 at 09:00
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South African under 20 coach Dawie Theron has named a strong side – including six Sharks forwards – to face Argentina in the first of three games over the next week.

Selecting his strongest available side for the game that kicks off at 13h45 on Saturday, Theron has named Blue Bulls flyhalf Tony Jantjies in the crucial flyhalf position, with another Pretoria player in Wiaan Liebenberg captaining the side from the side of the scrum. The expected Blue Bull dominance, though, given that more than half of the overall squad contains their players, has not materialised, though, with only centre Jan Serfontein joining Jantjies and and Liebenberg in the starting team.

The tight five is made up of a combination of Sharks and Lions, with Allan Dell (loose head) and Maks van Dyk (tight head) propping on either side of the Lions’ Mark Pretorius. Joburg lock Ruan Venter will pack down next to the Sharks’ Pieter-Steph du Toit, with the Sharks also providing reserve hooker Franco Marais and loose forward Braam Steyn. Khaya Majola (Sharks) and Fabian Booysen (Lions) complete the starting loose trio with Liebenberg.

Free State is well-represented in the backs, with scrumhalf Kevin Luiters and wing JJ de Klerk in the starting lineup. Western Province’s Dean Hammond (wing) and Pat Howard (centre) and the Lions’ Marais Schmidt (fullback) complete the line up.

The match will take place at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sports (Markotter) field

The SA U20 team to play against Argentina on Saturday is:

15. Marais Schmidt
14. JJ de Klerk
13. Patrick Howard
12. Jan Serfontein
11. Dean Hammond
10. Tony Jantjies
9. Kevin Luiters
8. Fabian Booysen
7. Wiaan Liebenberg (captain)
6. Khaya Majola
5. Pieter Steph du Toit
4. Ruan Venter
3. Nicolas van Dyk
2. Mark Pretorius
1. Allan Dell
16. Marzuq Maarman
17. Franco Marais
18. Henkus van Dyk
19. Ettiene Oosthuisen
20. Braam Steyn
21. Abrie Griesel
22. Kobus van Wyk
23. Dillyn Leyds


  • Ok team for the first run out. A few players missing. I think we’ll need the super 15 players included to be competetive against England in June.

    Thought Serfontein would play at 13 and Howard at 12. Great to see the Sharks represented in the starting 15

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.04.12 09:05:17 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 1) :
    Agree with you mate some of these players are still on trial.

    Dawie has already decided to stick with Jan at 12 he made that decision last year. 😉
    The 13 spot is up for grabs with Howard,Small Smith and Jordaan in contention.

    It’s very sad that Jafta can not play rugby again he was going to be instrumental at number 8.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.04.12 09:16:00 by Muzi Reply

  • @slammerboy (Comment 1) :
    When everyone is fit and available for selection i think this team can win us the junior world cup.

    2.Steph Coetzee Boishaai and Maties under 20’s.
    3.Dell can he play tighthead ???
    5.Ruan Botha
    7.Liebenberg (C)
    8.Smid finally he made the training group.
    13.Small Smith (V/C)

    16.Mark Pretorius
    17.Neethling Fouche
    18.Steph-Du Toit
    20.Rudi Van Rooyen

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.04.12 09:17:36 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 3) :I’d include Willemse. Dawie likes him. So no place in the squad for jacques du plessis or ettienne ooshuisen? Not sure if Fouche will make it to be fair. Maybe next year

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.04.12 09:20:40 by slammerboy Reply
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  • I am glad to see Dawie is trying to implement a few changes. We are always up against it when we play against England, not because they are inherently better than us, but because they have a lot more cohesion due to the U20 Six Nations and also because there are U17, U18 and U19 tournaments and so most of these players know each other really well and can play as a team through many years.

    @Muzi (Comment 3) :

    Good side, probably what I would pick as well. They can also put Du Toit or Ettienne Oosthuizen at flank to add extra bulk and Willemse might come into the equation at 4, I think with Dawie’s love of size he might well have him in the team.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.04.12 09:22:29 by Pat Reply

  • Hmmmm, can catch this game and still get Malmesbury (pushing it here) in time for the VC game or I can just relax and take in the games on TV.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.04.12 09:23:49 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 4) : true plus they’ve had decent exposure playing in the Aviva Premiership. Most of the England U20s squad will be battle hardended playing for the senior club sides.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.04.12 09:24:43 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 3) : looks right,haven’t seen Pieter-Steph on the flank,but if he’s decent there would go with him at blindside to add an additional ball carrier particularly against a physical England side,with Liebenberg at openside and Majola on the bench,we simply cannot go into that game without the lineout prowess of Ruan Botha,backline looks right,but wouldn’t write off Howard as a starter just yet,my fullback would Cheetahs man Neil Marais,but Dawie clearly thinks very little of him

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.04.12 09:31:19 by Ludz Reply

  • Eish if Luiters is the best we have 😯

    @Muzi (Comment 3) :

    Don’t think Ruan Botha is one of the favored options.

    Backline doesn’t have a good feel about it either. Need a genuine finisher out wide…

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.04.12 11:42:09 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) :

    Botha is one of the favoured options, he is injured. He would have been on the bench for the Lions v Cheetahs had he not rolled his ankle. I think he is going to get more opportunities for the Lions in Superrugby off the bench as they rate him higher than Marius Coetzer.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.04.12 12:17:18 by Pat Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) :
    Kevin Luiters is there to balance the demographics.
    I’ve seen nothing special about kevin he’s overrated.
    Lions scrumhalf Viaan Van Der Walt and Rudi van rooyen on form are way better than him.

    Ruan Botha is an outstanding lock one of the best junior locks in the country.The problem is that he is injury prone.

    Agree about the wings but so far Travis Ismael,J-J De Klerk have not impressed Oom Dawie.There is no way Jordaan will miss out maybe Serfontein will go to wing.Mbovane is our best bet at wing so far we are thin in that department.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.04.12 12:21:43 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 11) :

    Do you think Fabian Booysen is in the same boat as Luiters, because Ruan Lerm and Ettiene Oosthuizen would surely be better options, even Du Toit can play flank with Liebenberg at 8 and Majola 6.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.04.12 12:25:03 by Pat Reply

  • @slammerboy (Comment 4) :
    Paul Willemse is also injury prone without a doubt he has potential.
    He is not a great line out option either.
    Last year in the Lions Under 19 side Lerm their number 8 and Ruan were the only players used for the line outs.

    Jacques Du Plessis is without a doubt an exciting player at lock he is the complete package but i can’t see OOm Dawie ignoring a fit Ruan Botha,Venter,Willemse,Oosthuizen and Pieter Step-Du Toit at lock.
    Du Plessis is way behind in the pecking order.

    Neethling Fouche from grey college is a massive kid i think he can make it i watched him in the Varsity Cup young guns final he was exceptional especially in the scrums.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.04.12 12:29:12 by Muzi Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 8) :
    Bulls blonde full back Juan Nel was without a doubt one of the best full backs last year in the under 19 currie cup season.
    You can add Marais and Leyds to that list.

    Lions Marais Schmidt is not that great at 15 i watched him in the vodacom cup against Ulrich Beyers he was rather average BUT better at 10.

    Barry is always injured not reliable at all.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.04.12 12:35:18 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 13) : if Willemse is fit he will be selected as the enforcer. I think the other lock will be Ruan Botha. Luckily we have depth in this area so are ok should certain players be unavailable.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.04.12 12:37:06 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @Pat (Comment 12) :

    Spot on Booysen like Luiters is also there to balance the demographics.
    Nardus from the bulls has failed to make the required step up he was supposed to be our number 8 this year.
    Lerm lacks size just like Adendorff but he is a very intelligent number 8 and quck way better than Booysen.
    A guy like Schalk Van Heerden is too short for lock but like Steph-Du Toit he could be the next Juan Smith. 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.04.12 12:39:25 by Muzi Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) : @Ludz (Comment 8) :

    Morne Mellet is back phew.Must admit him and Frik Kirsten have massive potential they can both scrum.Greyling and Werner are not great in the scrums.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.04.12 12:42:28 by Muzi Reply

  • @slammerboy (Comment 15) :
    Agree with you as things stand Oom Dawie will select Willemse and Botha as the starting locks.
    I just think Steph-Du Toit could play at number 7,then Liebenberg at 8 and Majola at 6.

    Without Jafta at 8 the english will bully us.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.04.12 12:45:27 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 18) : if Venter is fit and on form,I simply cannot see Willemse selected ahead of him,he provides great go forward ball,but his lineout work isn’t that good,reckon Dawie should with both the Ruans if both are fit and are in good nick,Brendan Venter as outspoken as he,am sure will always opt for better skills complemented by the physicality and Venter is no slouch in playing that enforcer role,but against a team like England,you’d be stupid to start the match without a lad of Botha’s lineout prowess

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.04.12 13:10:33 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 19) :

    You could’nt have put it better.Paul Willemse is a groot lad but from what i’ve seen so far he has a lot of work to do concerning his line out work.
    Also Jacques Du Plessis and Ruan Botha could make an awesome combo.
    Marvi Orie is still under 19 this year plus he has better skills than willemse.
    But like slammerboy said Oom Dawie wnats a heavy pack.
    It depends what game plan we want to play.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.04.12 13:45:39 by Muzi Reply


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