Dawie TheronThe SA Under-20 training squad to face Argentina Under-20 in their second tour match on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 shows thirteen changes from the starting team that won their tour opener 26-3 on Saturday evening in Corrientes.


Tomorrow’s rugby match will kick-off at 23h00 SA time and will also be played in Corrientes. The South African youngsters are in Argentina as part of their final preparations for the forthcoming Junior World Championship in France.

Justin Geduld (inside centre) and Dennis Visser (No 5 lock) are the only two players in the team that also started on Saturday.

The speedy Seabelo Senatla, a Springbok Sevens team mate of Geduld, will run out at left wing while 2012 Junior World Championship winner Handrè Pollard was selected in the flyhalf position. Pollard is also understudy to Ruan Steenkamp who will captain the team from the side of the scrum.

Steenkamp scored two tries on Saturday in the heavy and wet conditions of Corrientes.

Jannie Stander (lock), Robert du Preez (flyhalf) and Sylvian Mahuza (fullback) were included on the bench after starting on Saturday. The last clash of the three-match tour will be played this coming Saturday in Buenos Aires.

SA U20 coach, Dawie Theron, said the many changes were due to their rotation policy. “We want to give every squad member a chance of playing on tour. I am pleased with the overall result of our first game, but I we know that the Pumas will come with an even bigger onslaught on Tuesday,” explained Theron.

He added his team will not be able to afford another slow start again their hosts: “The guys have be together for a few days now and so I am hoping they will get a better start and get into the match much earlier. The home team will make it extremely difficult for us again so we have to concentrate and get into our stride from early on,” said Theron.


SA U20 vs Argentina U20:

15. Jacques Rossouw (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
14. Tyler Fisher (The Sharks)
13. Justin Geduld (SARU contracted)
12. Dries Swanepoel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
11. Seabelo Senatla (SARU contracted)
10. Handrè Pollard (Vodacom Blue Bulls, vice-captain)
9. Hanco Venter (The Sharks)
8. Johan Meyer (The Sharks)
7. Jurie van Vuuren (DHL Western Province)
6. Ruan Steenkamp (Vodacom Blue Bulls, captain)
5. Dennis Visser (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
4. Irne Herbst (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
3. Luan de Bruin (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)
2. Malcolm Marx (MTN Golden Lions)
1. Sti Sithole (DHL Western Province)

Replacements (roving substitutions):
16. Fred Kirsten (DHL Western Province)
17. Andrew Beerwinkel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
18. Jannie Stander (MTN Golden Lions)
19. Jannes Kirsten (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
20. Stefan Ungerer (The Sharks)
21. Robert du Preez (The Sharks)
22. Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)
23. Neethling Fouché (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

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    The Baby Boks have suffered a 42-27 defeat against Argentina Under-20 in their second tour match at the Club Taragui in Corrientes in the northeast of Argentina.

    Argentina raced into a 26-0 lead on Tuesday night after they dominated the first half hour of play, but South Africa fought back to cut the deficit to 26-12 at halftime thanks to tries by Irné Herbst (lock) and Jacques Rossouw (fullback).

    South Africa continued their fight back after the break, which saw Sylvian Mahuza (replacement fullback) and Seabelo Senatla (left wing) crossing over for two more tries (26-24).

    However, the Argentine youngsters then staged a comeback of their own after they were held scoreless for a while by the tourists. Three penalties by ace kicker Patricio Fernandez and a very good converted try by Emiliano Boffelli (replacement fullback) allowed the hosts to finally wrestle themselves free from the SA grip to register a 42-26 win which was wildly celebrated by the players and spectators alike.

    Pivot Fernandez capped a very good individual performance by scoring 27 points. He was deadly accurate with the boot and landed three conversions, six penalties and a drop goal.

    Baby Bok coach Dawie Theron said the team was disappointed they could not maintain the pressure on the home team.

    “They had a good start and managed to keep possession and momentum for a long period in the first half,” said Theron.

    “We fought back very well before and after halftime but they managed to regain the upper hand just before the end. The guys would have a learnt a lot from the experience and we are looking forward to what promises to be another tough challenge on Saturday.”

    The visitors no travel to Buenos Aires, where they will play their final clash of their three match tour. Both teams are using the international series as preparation for the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 which will be held during June in France.

    Argentina were one of the surprise packages of JWC 2012 with victories over France and Australia taking them to a first ever semi-final and ultimately fourth place finish after defeats by hosts South Africa and Wales. The Baby Boks won the JWC title for the first time when they defeated four-time winners New Zealand.

    Argentina will face Wales, Scotland and Samoa in Pool D at JWC 2013 with only the winner guaranteed a place in the semi-finals. South Africa, face England, France and the USA in Pool A.

    Argentina 42 (26) – Tries: Lucas Noguera, Paz Joacquin, Emiliano Bofelli. Conversions: Patricio Fernandez (3). Penalties: Fernandez (6). Drop goal: Fernandez.

    Baby Boks 27 (12) – Tries: Irné Herbst, Jacques Rossouw, Sylvian Mahuza, Seabelo Senatla. Conversions: Handré Pollard (2). Penalty: Pollard.



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