Bronze ware for Junior Springboks

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content on 22 Jun 2015 at 13:14
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The Junior Springboks will return to South Africa today with some silverware, or rather some bronze ware, after beating France in the 3rd place play-off at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship at Stadio Giovanni Zini in Cremona Italy this past Saturday.

The Junior Boks outscored France in the first half, four tries to one as they took a comfortable 28 – 8 lead at the break.

Les Bleuets took an early eight point lead through a Lucas Meret penalty, followed by a five pointer through right wing Arthur Bonneval.

The Junior Boks replyed with four converted tries, the first through Sharks loose head prop Thomas du Toit. Lock Jason Jenkins scored the second try followed by back-to-back tries from Sharks loose forward Daniel du Preez. Brendan Thomson converted all four tries as they took a twenty point lead at half time.

France scored two early tries at the start of the second half. The first through replacement lock, Julien Delannoy and the second through left wing Lucas Blanc. Meret missed both conversions as they trailed by ten points, 18 – 28.

Thomson added a late penalty as the game reached the final ten minutes, to eventually bring the final score to 31 – 18 and claim the bronze medal for their 3rd place finish.

Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron said afterwards that his side made the best of their opportunities in the first half but they struggled to find their rhythm after halftime.

“We showed good composure to score those tries in the first half after France had led 8-0. We couldn’t find our rhythm and momentum in the second half and the French did well to put us under pressure.

“I’m glad we were able to finish the tournament with a win,” said Theron.

Brandon Thomson topped the “top scorers” colomn with a total of 59 points. He scored one try, kicked fifteen conversions and eight penalties. England’s Rory Jennings finished second on 51 points followed by Samoa’s Malu Falaniko and New Zealand’s Otere Black both on 43 points.

Jason Jenkings finished as the top try scorer for the Junior Boks with three tries, followed by Dan du Preez, Hanro Liebenberg, Leolin Zas, Thomas du Toit and Thinus de Beer all on two tries each.


Junior Springboks (28) 31 – Tries: Thomas du Toit, Jason Jenkins, Dan du Preez (2). Conversions: Brandon Thomson (4). Penalty: Thomson.

France (8) 18 – Tries: Arthur Bonneval, Julien Delannoy, Lucas Blanc. Penalty: Lucas Meret.


  • Congrats boys, bronze is certainly preferable to leaving empty-handed.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.06.15 14:40:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • All I can say from watching the Baby Boks and Stormers (not to mention the rest of our S15 sides) is that our rugby is in deep shit. Besides the lack of any game plan other than high kick and charge or rolling mauls, barring a few exceptions, there is a shocking lack of basic skills.

    Heyneke Meyer saying that he isn’t panicking should be a reason for all Bok rugby fans to panic over the WRC.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.06.15 15:09:26 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 2) : Yeah look…it wasn’t great!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.06.15 16:10:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 2) : Having said that, the one comfort re: World Cup is that our particular game plan does suit the world cup better than it suits Super Rugby…

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.06.15 16:12:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • If I was a 10 in the WP ranks I would be really concerned with game time going forward. The Cat is going and Coleman blows hot and cold but the incumbent.

    Add Rob Du Preez, Jean Luc Du Plessis, Brandon Thompson and Ernst Stapelberg. That is a tough situation a s Coleman, Du Preez and Du Plessis all vying for CC and the other two for u21 this year. next year even worse.

    With Kolbe and EW at fullback makes it even worse in terms of other options. De Allende, Taute, De Jong, Jones, Howard etc makes it really 5 guys pushing 2 positions.

    reminds me of when Sharks had Alberts, Deysel, Kanko, Daniel, Coetzee, Botes, Downey, Stander, Rhodes and Whiteley all vying for 4 positions

    All of them have talent but some will most likely end up wasted like Gary van Aswegen.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.06.15 18:15:19 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 5) : Sorry boet Whiteley and Alberts never competed for the same spot on any team. Whiteley left the Sharks end 2008, played for EP in 2009 and then Lions starting in 2010. Alberts played for the Lions until 2009 and joined the Sharks in 2010. It was last year the Sharks had more loosies than they knew what to do with. Alberts, Kanko, Deysel, Marcell, Daniel, Botes, Mtembu all 7 vying for 3 starting spots and a bench spot, and all very capable senior players.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.06.15 03:43:31 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 6) : thanks, was not sure when Whiteley left. okay as it had been so long ago, is not a stretch to view him still as a former Shark?

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.06.15 08:18:28 by Kabouter Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : That’s true. The problem is the same as with the Baby Boks, though. When our forwards don’t dominate we kick everything, even when opportunities to run present themselves.

    The lack of basic skills wories me. I don’t think our players have a low enough error rate to win the WRC, no matter which game plan we attempt.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.06.15 10:14:08 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 8) : That is fair comment…a “Super Rugby”-esque error rate will see us out in the quarters…

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.06.15 15:12:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 8) : The same with all sa teams you don’t kick when you should run when you should. When you do kick or run and it works you try the same thing over and over without variation. Grubbs worked well so we keep trying grubbers even if 4 out of 5 cost us posession.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.06.15 17:15:00 by coolfusion Reply


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