Du Preez the Baby Bok spearhead against Namibia

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 9 May 2013 at 08:28
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Sharks flyhalf Rob du Preez, hero of last year’s under 19 campaign for the men in black and white, will have a further opportunity to cement his Baby Bok credentials as he starts at flyhalf for Dawie Theron’s side this weekend. An injury to first-choice pivot Handre Pollard has opened the door for du Preez against Nambia.

He will be partnered by provincial team-mate Stefan Ungerer at scrumhalf, while tighthead prop Marne Coetzee, another who played a big role for the Sharks under 19s last year, will also be in action.

A number of players join Pollard on the injury list ahead of this fixture, including Hanco Venter (scrumhalf), Dries Swanepoel (centre), Jan Serfontein (centre) and Sergeal Petersen (wing).

The match kicks off 14h50 on Saturday at the Paul Roos Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch.

The South Africa Under-20 team:

15. Cheslin Kolbe (Western Province)
14. Luther Obi (Leopards)
13. Justin Geduld (SARU contracted)
12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Blue Bulls)
11. Seabelo Senatla (SARU contracted)
10. Robert du Preez (Sharks)
9. Stefan Ungerer (Sharks)
8. Aidon Davis (EP Kings)
7. Jacques du Plessis (Blue Bulls)
6. Ruan Steenkamp (Blue Bulls, captain)
5. Dennis Visser (Blue Bulls)
4. Irne Herbst (Blue Bulls)
3. Marne Coetzee (Sharks)
2. Jacques du Toit (Free State Cheetahs)
1. Andrew Beerwinkel (Blue Bulls)


16. Sti Sithole (Western Province)
17. Mike Willemse (Western Province)
18. Jannes Kirsten (Blue Bulls)
19. Roelof Smit (Blue Bulls)/Kwagga Smith (Golden Lions)
20. Percy Williams (Golden Lions)
21. Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)
22. Jacques Rossouw (Blue Bulls)
23. Luhan de Bruin (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)


  • So the “juice” strikes again.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.05.13 09:02:41 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • I get the impression Theron has sold us short this year. The omission of players likes Rohan Janse v/Rensburg, Tyler Fisher, Daniel & Jessie Kriel, Sean Robinson and Neetling Fouche (prop) seem a step too far.

    He seems hell bent on playing the diminutive Geduld at 13 and Kolbe at 15.

    It is also a massive pity that Tim Swiel did not make himself available for selection……but a backline of:

    15. Jessie Kriel/Sean Robinson 14. Sergel Petersen 13. Dries Swanepoel/Tyler Fisher/Daniel Kriel 12. Jan Serfontein/ Rohan Janse v/Rensburg 11. Senatla 10. Pollard/ Swiel 9. Venter…….would have taken some stopping, especially 18 year old Bulls inside centre Rohan Janse v/Rensburg who is built like a brick shithouse weighing in at 106kg.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.05.13 10:45:52 by Saffex Reply
  • Both are small, but Geduld was easily the standout player in u19 comp last year. He outplayed both Jan and Burger Odendaal in the u19 final last year. Kolbe, if you saw a bit of u21 rugby was a consistent performer as an u19, he was fighting a lone battle for WP u21 against Bulls in the final last year. All in all what am saying is both are quality player who punch well above their weight.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.05.13 14:51:54 by Ludz Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 3) :

    Added to that Kolbe scored 2 tries last week for the WP VC side in their quarter final against Griquas.

    He is the bizness!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.05.13 15:47:23 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : YAPH

    Yet Another Province Hobbitt

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.05.13 16:05:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think Kolbe is gonna be very good, it takes quite a special player to stand out as a 19 year old in the u21 especially considering his size. WPW John Dobson has massive faith in him, he entrusted him with the no.15 jersey with his u21 side last year and Vodacom Cup side this year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.05.13 19:25:29 by Ludz Reply

  • I’m sick of this infatuation that some people and espesially some coaches has with 100kg plus centres. Problem is some like Steyn get so big they can’t do anything but bash, no speed or stepping thus no backs beating opponents with flair and speed.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.05.13 20:13:42 by JD Reply
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  • These little guys will amount to nothing at higher levels. Both Geduld and Klobe are too small. Jessie Kriel is a far better fullback than Klobe and Geduld is no measure for Swanepoel, Serfontein and co.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.05.13 21:54:27 by Saffex Reply

  • How much of this junior rugby do you get to see that side because clearly you haven’t seen some of these boys, no match for Swanepoel, have you seen Geduld in the 15s? Look I can understand what you say about senior prospects. I agree Kriel could potentially be a better fullback, but Kolbe has proven himself at u19 and u21, Vodacom Cup and International 7s level, hell he was on the bench for the Stormers a few weeks ago, ahead of the big and strong Pat Howard, that should tell you something. I think Jesse should be there as 2nd choice fullback. Justin outplayed every centre he came up against last year at u19, Serfontein, Swanepoel, Fischer included. You make valid points about their senior prospect with regards to their size, particularly Geduld, but I reckon they’re good enough for u20s, so why not select them?

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.05.13 22:28:36 by Ludz Reply

  • I have seen enough of these players, my mom records the games and sends the DVD’s. I dont rate Klobe or Geduld. Geduld looks ok in 7’s but is not physical enough for 13 in the 15 man game.

    Take the Baby Bok’s fullback last year, he was a lightweight and useless.

    The fact that these guys are being selected says nothing, it shows how out of touch the coaches are.

    There is no place for these tiny guys in the modern game and that includes U20 level where the standard is damn high these days at international level.

    I would not have bothered with either, much like I would not have bothered with last years Baby Bok 15, who was exposed physically

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.05.13 22:50:59 by Saffex Reply

  • I wouldn’t compare Dylin Lleyds to Cheslin Kolbe, worlds apart in class. Kolbe is a standout in the Vodacom Cup, a 15 man comp with plenty of big men. I know Super Rugby is a different ball game, but he’s thriving in a senior competition and you say he doesn’t deserve to be selected, sorry but I can’t agree with that. How big is Tim Swiel? Not much bigger than Cheslin, but yet you’d play him at 10 for Baby Boks. Justin hasn’t played much 15s this year, standout u19 Currie Cup player last season though. I think we can safely say he’s been good at the camps and matches to be in the squad. X-factor, no player in that squad that has the X-factor Justin has. Tell me though, do you not rate these lads based on their size or their playing ability?

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.05.13 23:37:55 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 11) : You should know by now that Saffex is from the Heyneke Meyer bigger-is-better school.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.05.13 02:58:25 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 12) : Indeed…and look at how well that has served his big blue eyed boy Fransi Steyn this season

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.05.13 11:05:45 by pienaar111 Reply


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