Baby Boks thump England in rousing second-half

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 13 Jun 2012 at 08:46
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Dawie Theron and Brenden Venter will have seen their lives flash before there eyes a number of times at the Cape Town Stadium yesterday, as their patchwork SA Under 20 side at first faltered, before rallying in the second half to record a resounding win over the England juniors. In picking up a try bonus point in the 28-15 win, the Junior Springboks booked a place in the semi-finals of the IRB Junior World Championship in the process.

Not that the 10 000 or so who poured into the stadium would have had much indication of the final result at half time, though. With the Bokkies getting smashed up front and their set piece in disarray, it was the English who took a 3-0 lead into the break and with just 40 minutes left to play, most fans justifiably felt that a win itself was most unlikely, far less so the bonus point required to prevent yet another JWC collapse for South Africa. Theron had been forced to rejig his side just before kick-off, with tournament captain Wiaan Liebenberg crying off injured, replaced at blindside flank by Sharks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit.

To say that the pack that started the match was bested by the English would be somewhat of an understatement. Props Steven Kitshoff and (particularly) Oliver Kebble were under the cosh at scrum time, whilst hooker Jason Thomas wouldn’t have been able to find his line-out jumpers even if he’d had a GPS device. Some shrewd front-row replacements on the half hour mark, though, seemed to stem the tide, with Maks van Dyk and Mark Pretorius taking over from Kebble and Thomas respectively, but it was undoubtedly the half-time team talk that proved instrumental in this win.

Simply put, the Junior Springboks came out a different side and proceeded to play with a direction , purpose and accuracy that belied their frankly non-existent first-half showing. Stand-in skipper William Small-Smith set the tone with a great try 2 minutes into the half, with flanks Shaun Adendorff and du Toit going on to steal the show from there. Adendorff played a truly massive innings, scoring twice in the half, with the other going to du Toit who began to relish the unaccustomed blind side flank role as the pack started to settle. Locks Paul Willemse and Ruan Botha also deserve much praise for their robust, yet controlled play in the second half that saw both regularly set up as ball-carrying targets to bash their way over the English defence.

It may have been the forwards scoring the bulk of the tries, but to underestimate the role the backs played – particularly on defence – would be massively unfair. After a hesitant performance against the Irish in the opening round, it was Sharks centre Paul Jordaan – playing in the unfamiliar right wing position – who led the charge and turned the English back time and again with accurate and effective tackles, while his former schoolmates Small-Smith and Jan Serfontein followed his example. While Adendorff walked away with the plaudits – and deservedly so – I think the records need to show that the SA Under 20 side would not have won on this day without the efforts of Paul Jordaan.

The Junior Springboks will now play Argentina in the semi-finals, with Wales and the All Blacks set to clash on the other side of the draw.


South Africa under-20: Tries: Shaun Adendorff (2), Pieter-Steph Du Toit, William Small Smith; Conversions: Handre Pollard (4).
England under-20: Penalties: Tommy Bell (5)


  • What an incredible half of rugby !

    I now get the hype around Jordaan and there are a few youngsters that various Unions are going to have to get their cheque books warmed up to hold on to them.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.06.12 09:06:20 by csb Reply
  • Wonder what was said in the training room..

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.06.12 09:09:48 by shaniboi Reply
  • @csb (Comment 1) : that boy must be used in currie cup..come nexts years super rugby we going to have a nice headache with whitehead,jordaan,fransie.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.06.12 09:13:21 by shaniboi Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 3) :

    To quote Megatron: ‘You forgot the human revolving door Meyer Bosman!!’ 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.06.12 09:16:46 by wpw Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 2) :

    What I gathered from the fulltime interview with Small-Smith they were told to go out play their heart and soul out at such a great venue and at home …

    Must be said a very well spoken Chap Small-Smith.

    I did kringe at Toks questioning of the England Captain.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.06.12 09:17:00 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 1) : I’m starting to buy into the line of thinking that the Sharks should make a play for Paul Willemse. Really like that kid a lot… reckon in a better team than the Lions he could be pushing Etzie for that green number 4 jersey in time.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.06.12 09:20:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :


    Its gonna be open season on Lions players, infact I suspect its already started …I’d add Ruan Botha also.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.06.12 09:25:08 by csb Reply

  • Have to say, I was worried about having a schoolboy in the team, but he surprized the living sheot out of me. Cool, calm AND most importantly, accurate goal kicking. I think he did flippen awsome! Craven week is gonna be a “downer” for him now! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.06.12 09:28:43 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : He’s certainly big enough. Pieter-Steph was great last night too.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.06.12 09:31:44 by molly Reply
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  • I only saw part of the first half, and the highlights of the second half. Adendorf at 6 looks to be one hot prospect too.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.06.12 09:32:28 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Oh and Small-Smith’s pace is insane, I still have no idea how he bust through the line and beat all the cover defense for that try.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.06.12 09:33:46 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 9) : in the second half, yes. Finally started to see what some of the hype was about, if I’m honest.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.06.12 09:34:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have to ask is the 2 scrummies we have the best at this age group that SA have to offer ?

    Also alot of 9’s in SA with the bad habit of taking 2-3 steps before passing.

    @molly (Comment 11) :

    It was a beautiful pass on the angle …the kinda tries I’d love to see from the senior sides …

    Fantastic try.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.06.12 09:42:26 by csb Reply

  • Well done Baby Boks…I didn’t think you had it in you. I hope this wasn’t your ‘final’ though.

    Great comeback….I really hope you can maintain it!

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.06.12 09:45:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : A while ago someone said the Sharks should make a move for the Lions’ young locks. I said we should back our own not knowing what the hype is about the Lions’ locks. I can see it now. Willemse looks a great prospect!

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.06.12 09:49:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 13) : It was a great pass and run, but he was slowed when he broke the tackle, and STILL managed to out-strip the cover, so impressive.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.06.12 09:52:24 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 11) : He played sevens. His pace doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.06.12 09:57:41 by Ben Reply
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  • Heart and soul,key words here,what a 2nd half performance

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.06.12 10:42:20 by Ludz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : What’s it like being a Saffer in Pomland this week?

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.06.12 11:28:51 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 19) : I think you may overestimate the extent to which the man in the street cares.

    They’re all thinking the soccball in Poland and the Ukraine.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.06.12 11:43:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : True. Poofs.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.06.12 11:45:32 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 21) : lucky you’re not judgemental much πŸ™‚

    You should come and stay with me for a few weeks… we’ll try introduce you to some people who don’t live in your little bubble… maybe you’ll grow as a person! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.06.12 11:58:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : I’ve spent enough time alongside Poms in their habitat thank you very much. 😎

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.06.12 12:04:46 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 23) : funny, they told me the same thing.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.06.12 12:11:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : that they’ve spent enough time in their habitat? Can’t says I blame them. 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.06.12 12:14:28 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 25) : umm, no. They were quite happy, but wanted to send a strongly-worded letter to the High Commission in Pretoria… see where I’m heading with this one? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.06.12 12:18:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Oh, you must be talking about England rugby fans. Yes, I’d be upset too. 😈

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.06.12 12:19:35 by klempie Reply

  • Lambie to start at fullback !

    Pretty much same team with Basson added on the bench.

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.06.12 12:33:43 by csb Reply

  • Aplon not considered due too not being involved enough this week ..Fullback to be covered by either Frans or Pienaar.

    Timotei still in the squad as is Spies πŸ™„

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.06.12 12:36:52 by csb Reply

  • Loved that come back. Turn point was definitely the change of front rowers Van Dyk & Pretorius as Kebble was getting handled at scrum time. BB No 8 was a few yards behind the pace IMO. I enjoyed Van Dyk, he’s like a pitt bull.

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.06.12 12:46:11 by Ernie Reply

  • @Ernie (Comment 30) : actually a Lions no 8

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.06.12 13:04:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    Baby Bok … πŸ˜‰

    Robd you guys are slacking where is the Bok squad thread ?

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.06.12 13:07:10 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 32) : ask SARU’s new comms guy JJ Harmse where the email is!!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.06.12 13:24:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • ah ok – media release from SARU just came now.

    I wish I had the time or energy to check the SA Rugby website every 5 minutes just in case there’s news… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.06.12 13:25:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :

    oh dear

    @robdylan (Comment 34) :

    I come here every 5min for news πŸ˜€

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.06.12 13:29:05 by csb Reply

  • Toks was embarrasing in his post match interviews.

    I actually had to change the channel and wait for him to finish.

    What a fat moron.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.06.12 13:31:28 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 36) :

    Me too was well kringe worthy.

    Shocking post match questioning.

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.06.12 13:33:32 by csb Reply

  • @John Galt (Comment 36) : @csb (Comment 37) :

    Please elaborate?? πŸ˜•

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.06.12 14:19:36 by wpw Reply
  • @John Galt (Comment 36) : @csb (Comment 37) :

    Please tell, I’m also curious now.

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.06.12 14:22:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) : @wpw (Comment 38) : did you guys expect to be beaten by four tries in the second half?”

    “did your coaching stuff know you guys will be beaten by four tries in the 2nd half”

    rubbish like this!

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.06.12 14:52:03 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 40) :

    pretty frikken poor if you ask me. 😯

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.06.12 14:56:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 40) : @Pokkel (Comment 41) : LOOOOOOL I’m sorry I missed it.

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.06.12 15:41:52 by klempie Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) : @klempie (Comment 42) : the english lad was gracious enough to say something like “to lose to SA is not a disgrace, all his teammates gave their best and on the day it wasn’t good enough”

    then toks peppered him some more about what his coaches and still the boy was polite…i would’ve told him to bugger off!

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.06.12 15:57:07 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 43) : Wow! This coming from the king of trolling…it must’ve been really BAD!

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.06.12 17:06:31 by klempie Reply

  • Lol @ klempie.

    Hoor wie praat. klempie accusing Megatron.

    Has the world gone mad?? 😈

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.06.12 17:38:39 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 45) : Hou jou bek Pensie! 😈

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.06.12 17:42:01 by klempie Reply

  • @csb (Comment 35) : good man, good man πŸ™‚

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.06.12 20:00:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 45) : jealousy is a nasty trait… πŸ™‚

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.06.12 20:50:06 by Megatron Reply

  • Jordaan was awesome…

    Willemse (Lions lock) was awesome as well….he bumped some people real hard…

  • Comment 49, posted at 16.06.12 23:52:34 by Hmmm Reply

  • The Eng were raving about the pace of their wings…but Jordaan cut them down and hauled them in time after time….
    And he was awesome in defense….

    With Frans Steyn back at the Sharks…I will play Steyn and Whitehead with Jordaan in place of Mvovo…

  • Comment 50, posted at 16.06.12 23:57:11 by Hmmm Reply


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