Baby Boks named for JWC final

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Original Content, Other SA Teams on 21 Jun 2012 at 12:58
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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron has named his side that will take on the defending Champions New Zealand in the final of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 at DHL Newlands Rugby Stadium on Friday.

In a change that is sure to surprise many, regular captain Wiaan Liebenberg has returned from injury to lead the side and replaces one of the finds of the tournament in Shaun Adendorff who takes up a place on the bench.

William Small-Smith and Paul Jordaan have both been ruled out due to injury and will be replaced by Kobus van Wyk at outside centre and Raymond Rhule on the wing respectively.

“Kobus has been part of our training squad from the start and missed selection because of injury, so it is good to have him back in the team and playing in the final. He slotted in well and I expect him to be an influential player in the final,” Theron said.

Theron explains his decision to drop Adendorff:

“I feel for Shaun, as he was one of our stand-outs in the tournament, but with William also out injured, we needed to have our captain back and on the field from the start. Shaun will hopefully make a significant contribution from the bench.”

SA U20 team:

15. Dillyn Leyds (Western Province)
14. Raymond Rhule (Toyota Free State)
13. Kobus van Wyk (DHL Western Province)
12. Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
11. Tshotsho Mbovane (DHL Western Province)
10. Handrè Pollard (DHL Western Province)
9. Vian van der Watt (MTN Golden Lions)
8. Fabian Booysen (MTN Golden Lions)
7. Pieter Steph du Toit (KZN)
6. Wiaan Liebenberg (Vodacom Blue Bulls, captain)
5. Ruan Botha (MTN Golden Lions)
4. Paul Willemse (MTN Golden Lions)
3. Maks van Dyk (KZN)
2. Mark Pretorius (MTN Golden Lions)
1. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province)

16. Franco Marais (KZN)
17. Allan Dell (KZN)
18. Oliver Kebble (DHL Western Province)
19. Braam Steyn (KZN)
20. Shaun Adendorff (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
21. Abrie Griesel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
22. Tony Jantjies (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
23. Travis Ismaiel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)


  • Thanks for this Wes.

    Very interesting move to drop Shaun – one of the Player of the Year nominees.

    I, for one, am pretty pleased that Steph has been retained at 7, though, because he’s had a huge impact there.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.06.12 13:01:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • I can imagine folks will be shocked at Adendorff’s demotion to the bench. 😯 😕

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.06.12 13:01:21 by wpw Reply
  • Can Liebenberg not play 8? Booysen was a bit better against Argentina but he really hasn’t impressed me.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.06.12 13:08:20 by Ben Reply
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  • How good is Kobus van Wyk?

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.06.12 13:09:13 by Ben Reply
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  • Glad van Dyk has been retained at 3. He has been better than Kebble for me..

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.06.12 13:10:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : PSdT has been huge at 7. Seems to suit him better than playing at lock. Our 2 locks have been very good this tournament. Especially Paul Willemse.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.06.12 13:13:28 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : How old is PSdT now Rob? Will he be able to play for the U20’s again next year?

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.06.12 13:16:28 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 7) : no. He was eligible last year and this year. Next year he will still be u21, but not u20

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.06.12 13:29:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Oh okay, thanks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.06.12 13:31:03 by Ben Reply
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  • Where are all the girls that went to the Sharks ladies Breakfast?

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.06.12 13:48:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : trying to find their way back to their own rooms 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.06.12 13:48:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.06.12 13:59:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.06.12 14:11:52 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.06.12 14:24:09 by Franshark Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 4) : Kobus van Wyk is a solid 12. Never seen him play 13. He played 12 inside Pat Howard for the WP U19 CC season last year and voted backline player of the year. The Baby Boks will miss the flair and step of a WSS or Howard at 13 but expect solid defence from Van Wyk.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.06.12 15:51:20 by Micky Reply

  • @Micky (Comment 15) : that might be more important in a final anyway

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.06.12 16:26:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Damn, no Paul Jordaan or Lambie this weekend – half the enjoyment from our two international teams this weekend is gone for me.

    I’ll have to get my kick from watching Whitehead for the Sharks and Kockot for the Army. 😀

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.06.12 21:55:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Wonder if jordaan is a better center or wing :))))

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.06.12 23:33:01 by lloyd Reply

  • @lloyd (Comment 18) : Centre. You been following the tournament? Which Bok players stood out for you?

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.06.12 23:35:29 by Ben Reply
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  • One thing about jordaan is he has an electric step

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.06.12 00:22:11 by clyde1992 Reply

  • Good luck Bokkies!

    Looking forward to seeing how Wiaan Liebenberg goes. He needs some ‘redemption’. Also how Handre Pollard goes against quality opposition. How Handre Pollard plays. If Raymond Rhule can repeat what he did against Argentina. And finally, if Dillyn Leyds can step up and play like we know he should be.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.06.12 08:29:25 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 21) :

    Meant how KOBUS VAN WYK” plays.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.06.12 09:15:10 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 19) :

    Practically everyone… excluding:

    – The hookers who can’t find a jumper if their lives depended on it.
    – The anonymous Fabian Booysen & Wiaan Liebenberg.
    – Scrumhalves who are struggling terribly.
    – Elton Jantjies who kicks well at goal but useless elsewhere.
    – Neither Leyds or Schmidt at fullback have done anything special.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.06.12 11:28:58 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 23) : i’m sure elton is in PE with the rest of the Bok squad and not kicking in cape town 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.06.12 12:15:19 by Megatron Reply

  • Hmmmm I can get the Jong Bokke +4 for .95

    You guys think we`ll beat that spread?

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.06.12 13:43:22 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 24) :

    Argh 😆 whoops.

    Meant that brother of his, that’s ridden into the team on the Jantjies surname.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.06.12 18:35:52 by hendrikp Reply


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