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Baby Boks for JWC opener versus Irish

Here are the baby Boks for the Ireland game at 18h45 on 4 June 2012

Junior Springboks captain Wiaan Liebenberg will lead a team with IRB Junior World Championship as well as Vodacom Super Rugby experience when they take on Ireland in their opening Pool B match in Stellenbosch on Monday.

Paul Jordaan and Tshotsho Mbovane (outside backs) played in the 2011 tournament in Italy, while Jordaan (The Sharks), locks Pieter Steph du Toit (The Sharks), Ruan Botha and Paul Willemse (MTN Lions) and prop Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) have all played Vodacom Super Rugby in 2012.

Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron, named his side on Sunday and expressed satisfaction with his selection. “We have put a lot of focus on our first game against Ireland and I’m happy to say that we were able to pick a team with this match in mind. We have a good mix of experience and skill and everyone is keen and ready to go,” Theron said.

“It is great to have players with experience of Vodacom Super Rugby available, but the challenge will be for those players to contribute to the Junior Springboks in a constructive way.”

Theron said it would be a huge honour for the team to play in front of home crowds, although that brought its own challenges.

“We realise there will be added pressure because we’re playing at home, but we see that as positive pressure. We have a huge opportunity to play in front of familiar crowds and in familiar conditions and we need to make the most of it.”

Liebenberg, who captained the side in warm-up tests against Argentina earlier this year, said that the players were ready to go.

“We‘ve worked very hard to get to this point and now it’s time to deliver. Everyone is keen and ready to go and looking forward to the opportunity and privilege of representing our country against the best age group players in the world.”

Team (vs Ireland, Monday 4 June 2012, kick off 18h45)

15. Dillyn Leyds (DHL Western Province)

14. Paul Jordaan (KZN)

13. Pat Howard (DHL Western Province)

12. Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

11. Raymond Rhule (Toyota Free State)

10. Tony Jantjies (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

9.  Abrie Griesel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

8. Fabian Booysen (MTN Golden Lions)

7. Wiaan Liebenberg (Vodacom Blue Bulls, captain)

6. Shaun Adendorff (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

5. Pieter Steph du Toit (KZN)

4. Paul Willemse (MTN Golden Lions)

3. Allan Dell (KZN)

2. Mark Pretorius (MTN Golden Lions)

1. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province)


16. Jason Thomas (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

17. Oliver Kebble (DHL Western Province)

18. Ruan Botha (MTN Golden Lions)

19. Braam Steyn (KZN)

20. Vian van der Watt (MTN Golden Lions)

21. Handrè Pollard (DHL Western Province)

22. Tshotsho Mbovane (DHL Western Province)

23. Maks van Dyk (KZN)

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  1. DavidS


    June 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Why is Jordaan at wing?

  2. DavidS


    June 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Is Oliver Kebble family of Guy Kebble?

    For a side that won the U19 CC and was finalists in the U21 version the Lions sure are underrepresented?

    Wonder if I throw a tantrum like certain Cape based supporters about the Bok side whether it would be justified…

  3. avatar


    June 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 2:03 pm:

    Interesting yes.
    The side that snot the Bulls TWICE has
    3 in the 32.
    The side that got snotted has 13.

    Ek kla nie hardop nie. Maar die hemele
    hoor my brom . . .

  4. DavidS


    June 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm


    Ksd score = 20-17
    Pta Score = 19-14 en julle het in die 73ste minuut die lead gevat

    Nee ek weet nie… as dit ‘n “snotting” is dan fokken weet ek nie meer nie.

    Bulle het die 4de meeste punte op die punte leer met die hoogste punte scorer in die komp en gesamentlike hoogste drie drukker. Hulle het die Crusaders gewen… wat julle nie kon doen nie…

    Ja nee jy’s reg hulle is ‘n kak span en nie een van hulle ouens moes die span gehaal het nie…

    Maakie Stormers almal Bokke…


    12 Bulle
    10 Sharks
    1 Ulster
    3 Stormers
    2 Leeus
    2 Cheetahs

    Die spel patroon wat die Bulle speel is baie meer aanvallend en hardloop en hulle gaan meer oor die doellyn as die Stormers.

    Julle wil hardloop rugby vir die Bokke he, maar as die afrigter sie een span se spelers kies wat dit redelik suksesvol doen dei seisoen bo die span wat soos Jake White Bokke speel dan’s julle dikbek… maar julle wil julle coach fire omdat hy so negatief speel…

    Maak julle fokken minds op…

    En ter wille van Bekke wat nie kan lees nie


    Maar soos altyd krtiseer mens dan wag mens en kyk wat gebeur as die games eers aan die gang kom…

    Ons het Piet kans gegee, Jake kans gegee en nou moet ons die dude insgelyks kans gee.

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    June 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    all in all i disagree with the selection but will reserve judgement on results – poms will smell blood and with the Barrits and Bothas in the team they will be up to upsetting and proving a point!

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    June 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 7:47 pm:

    Met ‘n fkn halwe span! En die Bulls se
    drie is op ‘n skoen gedruk!

    Maar ter wille van die vrede:
    “The Stormers scraped through both times, and
    were lucky to win.”

    Moenie my verkeerd verstaan nie: Ek sal HM
    kans gee tot ná die EOYT. Ek is aan sy kant,
    maar hy kon dit vir my bietjie makliker
    gemaak het.

  7. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Are we going to drill them like last year with that big score again?

  8. DavidS


    June 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 8:38 pm:

    Sorrie Boer ek moes nie op jou afgegaan het nie… ek sit met al die kritiek op Facebook en hier en probeer maar net balans skep… na Bekke my gisteraand beskuldig het dat ek een of ander pro HM “keer” was dit die laasste strooi veral siende dat ek juis gekritiseer het!

    Dis moeilik en HM maak dit nie makliker nie… daar stem ek 100% saam…


    You mean like 2008?

    It’s a long time ago and England are a better side.

    I have my doubts. England are sending their best possible side here and we are going to have to display nerves of steel with an inexperienced side.


    I would suggest if you want to see Bok “gees” and steel and resolve in the face of utter adversity…


    Jake White’s untested rookies against BOD and co bragging that they were coming to win their first series in SA…

    Gordon D’arcy and Brian O Driscoll getting pwned by Wayne Julies and Marius Joubert!

  9. DavidS


    June 4, 2012 at 9:01 am


    I predict

    Poms to get whitewashed

    At the very top of their game with Johnny W in top form in 2000 with Harry Joke Viljoen in charge the Boks STILL managed to draw a series at home against England.

  10. DavidS


    June 4, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Surprisingly in that game we won we outkicked them and won with penalties and to make it even worse the game was in the rain!!!

  11. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Interesting reading over all the player stats… unlike lst year… the Baby Boks match their peers in every department size wise…

    Could this be the year considering this is Theron’s team last year wasn’t…

    My tip besides the Kiwi’s and England with 13 players from last year… is the Aussies… exceptional team from 1-22…

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    June 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:49 pm:

    Bokkies getting out muscled by the oirish! Stampcar rugby with a weaker pack is just STUPID!! WTF is Brendan Venter there for??

  13. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Irish look like a team with plans/ideas on the ball! Babybokke only have box kick or crash ball – nothing else!! :bangheadt:

  14. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    ag nee man – dis mos kak rugby die! Net Ireland wat goed speel!

  15. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    NZ v Eng final already on the cards!

  16. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Our 9 and 10 is playing kak. Their decision making and execution is poor

  17. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Ja, dit lyk maar kakkerig.
    Can’t see them winning this one.
    Oirish just looks much more
    Were there any preparation games for
    the Bokkies?

  18. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    They played two games against Argentina

  19. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Reply to biltongbek @ 7:32 pm:

    mainly because the pack is getting moered and being made the Irish packs bitch! No 9/10 can look good going backwards at that rate!

    Did the 12/13/etc get the ball in an attacking move yet?

  20. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    This is what scares me for the bokke – as soon as they are matched or beaten in physicality then they have no plan b!

  21. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Kebbel junior lyk nes sy pa

  22. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    FFS please take 9 off!

  23. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Hoe de moer is Griesel nog daar, elke keer as ons turnover kry wil hy skop. :Rule 9:

  24. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Reply to biltongbek @ 7:43 pm:

    agree :bangheadt: :bangheadt:

  25. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    numbers at the breakdown by the irish winning them a lot of turnovers!

  26. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    :wave: 9 is off and vd watt is on!! :wave:

  27. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    finally the stampkar rugby works for the babyboks – try for the big lock!

  28. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    SA 10 – 16 Ire 20min to go

  29. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    think about this – the poms moered Ireland physically in the U20 6N so what are they going to do with these bokkies? :roll:

  30. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    clueless bokkies :noshake:

  31. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    new bok 9 kicking just as much!

  32. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    last 10min
    Bokkies 19 – 23 Irish

  33. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    last minute and bokkies have a last go at the prize but my money is on another knock on :roll:

  34. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    again no numbers at the breakdown and bokkies lose it! fooking disgrace!

    Ireland – hat off to you for showing how to play rugby! :applause:
    Irish 10 – another future star!

  35. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    First prerequisite for a 9:
    Someone with a one movement snap pass.

    Apart from the TH towards the end Bokkies
    were fooked in rucks and lineouts.
    Poor showing.
    :Rule 9:

  36. avatar


    June 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Bokkies lost at the breakdown and if the poms have any sense they all do the same to the senior boks.

  37. avatar


    June 5, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Lose one game and you are out in this tourney. So we are out at home. Fucksakes.

    So whats are excuse, orks, quotas, quota coach??? No its our rugby mentality thats broken. Our one dimensional outdated game plan that gices away possesion.
    Dawie has failked where PDV did not. laughawie:

    Dawie: We will play to our strenghts.

    HM: We will play to our strenghts.

  38. avatar


    June 5, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Reply to Kevin_rack @ 12:19 am:

    Nope it’s like any world cup… top 2 go through to play-off’s… BUT… they have to beat the might of England too in this pool… which I doubt they stand a chance…

  39. avatar


    June 5, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 5:55 am:

    Watch the Australians this year… between them Eng/Fra and obvious fav’s NZ…


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