Junior Springboks own Australia in final pool match

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content on 11 Jun 2015 at 14:52
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The Junior Springboks dominated for 80 minutes as they marched on to the semi-finals of this year’s World Rugby U20 Championship, when they defeated Australia at Stadio San Michele in Calvisano Italy in their final pool match last night.

Last night’s display from the South Africans were their best performance to date after earlier victories against Italy and Samoa saw them occupying the top spot in Pool B.

The Junior Springboks opened the scoring after just three minutes when Jacques Vermeulen went over the try line for their first try. Brendon Thomson was spot on with the conversion as they took a 7 – 0 lead.

A Thomson penalty a few minutes later was followed by an Ox Nche try after continuous pressure paid off. Thomson added the extras as they took a 17 – 3 lead.

Thomson kicked another penalty with three minutes left to halftime as they took a commanding 20 – 3 lead at the break.

The Junior Springboks continued on their trend as they opened the second half with a try from right wing Khanyo Ngcukana, Thomson was again successful as he stretched their lead to 27 – 3.

Ten minutes later, flyhalf Thomson converted his own try as he scored the bonus point try in the fiftieth minute.

Springbok lock, Jason Jenkins scored his team’s fifth try as the game reached the final quarter, Thomson missed his first kick of the evening but the match was well and truly over at 39 – 3 with twenty minutes to go.

Australia eventually scored a try through inside centre Duncan Paia’aua, Andrew Deegan missed the conversion as they trailed 8 – 39 with fifteen minutes to go.

Left wing Leolin Zas was finally rewarded for his efforts during the match when he crossed the line for a five pointer, as his earlier try was denied due to a forward pass. Replacement flyhalf, Tinus de Beer added the extras as the Springboks took a 46 – 8 lead with ten minutes to play.

Australia had the final say when captain, Andrew Kellaway scored a consolation try in the final minute, James Dalgleish missed the conversion as the game ended 46 – 13.

The win means that South Africa top the overall standings on 15 log points after four games having scored 119 points including 16 tries and only conceding 26 points including 4 tries. New Zealand finished second on 14 points followed by France in third on 13 points and England fourth on 10 points.

“This was our best performance so far. We did not start well against Italy, improved a bit against Samoa and tonight we gave a much more convincing display. We did our homework on Australia and knew that they could be dangerous off quick ruck ball, so we contested well in that area,” said Junior Springboks coach, Dawie Theron.

Captain and eighthman Hanro Liebenberg also praised his forwards for a huge performance.

“We dominated upfront and that allowed our backs to come into the game. We scored some very good tries and I think the backs can be pleased with the platform that the pack created for them. There were still a few errors that we not happy about, but we now have a couple of days to prepare for our next match,” said Liebenberg.

New Zealand will face France in the first semi-final on the 15th of June, followed by South Africa against England.


Junior Springboks (20) 46 – Tries: Jacques Vermeulen, Ox Nche, Khanyo Ngcukana, Brandon Tomson, Jason Jenkins, Leolin Zas. Conversions: Thomson (4), Tinus de Beer. Penalty: Thomson (2)

Australia Under-20: (3) 13 – Try: Duncan Paia’uau, Andrew Kellaway. Penalty: Andrew Deegan


  • Was a fantastic game and the interplay was great. I saw many offloads

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.15 15:01:32 by Dunx Reply
  • I wanted to watch this game but my wife wanted to watch Masterchef Australia. At least I now know how to poach chicken in red wine, how to make gluggy polenta creamy again and how to stabilize chocolate pana cotta without sacrificing the vital wobble-factor.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.15 15:12:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : Hahaha

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.15 16:04:42 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Too tired to even try and find the stream. Also my ds connection is up to shit. 10 mb line and I Barely sync at 1.1 Telkom six fibre cannot get here quick enough.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.15 16:48:16 by coolfusion Reply

  • Meant to say telkom sux.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.15 16:49:00 by coolfusion Reply

  • Well done baby Boks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.15 20:11:15 by Ben Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 4) : Oh the joys of internet in that country! 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.06.15 20:12:11 by Ben Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.06.15 22:42:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Well done boys…keep it up!

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.06.15 22:43:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 7) : Yup. Although a lot of neighborhoods are getting fiber now just takes long to happen. The dubs cbd got fiber ed up but they need a good breakout solution. Pretty progressive of durbs they must just sort out breakout connectivity the undersea cables run past them should be easy and cheap.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.06.15 07:46:44 by coolfusion Reply

  • What a great 60 mins we had last night. Why did we take our foot off the gas, we must learn to bury sides like that. We must psychologically scar the Aussies with 80 point wins. The dominance we had up front called for a bigger score. What worries me is against an equal pack we need to play for the full 80. Our replacements look OK, nothing too special. Hyron Andrews looks anorexic compared to Jason Jenkins. For me Jenkins was the man of the match, what a machine! The oke is pure power. In fact the whole tight 5 impressed me immensely. I liked Dweba’s never say die attitude and tenacity. The loosies we pretty good, Du Preez standing out for me. I was very disappointed with EW Viljoen, is he injured? He looks a shadow of himself from in 2013 when he was carving up defences. Maybe he should go back to fullback and bring Gelant to centre. Overall, I was very impressed with the side. England will be a different challenge up front. Oh yes, forgot Thomas the Tank Engine destroyed that wimpy Aussie prop……he was in turbo reverse. I reckon he smelt his own hole in every scrum…..hahah

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.06.15 12:50:52 by Alan Morrissey Reply


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