Theron makes 11 changes to Baby Boks


Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron made eleven changes to his side to play Italy at the UWC Stadium in their second match of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012.

Only Jan Serfontein (centre), Paul Willemse (lock), Steven Kitshoff (prop) and captain and flanker Wiaan Liebenberg remained from the side that lost their opening match against Ireland.

Four players, Marais Schmidt (fullback), Travis Ismaiel (wing), William Small-Smith (centre) and Khaya Majola will make their first appearance at the tournament, while Handrè Pollard (flyhalf) and Braam Steyn (eightman) was unused substitutes against Ireland.

Theron explained the big turnover of players for this match.

“This was always part of our planning, as we only have a three day turnaround between the two matches. We are keen to redeem ourselves against Italy as we disappointed ourselves and our supporters against the Irish and I am convinced that the new players in the team will provide us with a lot of positive energy.”

Liebenberg said the changes will not affect their play.

“We have been training together as a group for a while now and the new guys slotted in with ease. We are lucky to have such a short turnaround in that we can now rectify the mistakes we made in our opening game. We are still in the hunt to win the tournament.”

Team vs Italy (Friday 8 June 2012, kick-off 18h45):

15. Marais Schmidt (MTN Golden Lions)

14. Tshotsho Mbovane (DHL Western Province)

13. William Small-Smith (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

12. Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

11. Travis Ismaiel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

10. Handrè Pollard (DHL Western Province)

9.  Vian van der Watt (MTN Golden Lions)

8. Braam Steyn (KZN)

7. Wiaan Liebenberg (Vodacom Blue Bulls, captain)

6. Khaya Majola (KZN)

5. Ruan Botha (MTN Golden Lions)

4. Paul Willemse (MTN Golden Lions)

3. Oliver Kebble (DHL Western Province)

2. Jason Thomas (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

1. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province)


16. Mark Pretorius (MTN Golden Lions)

17. Allan Dell (KZN)

18. Pieter Steph du Toit (KZN)

19. Fabian Booysen (MTN Golden Lions)

20. Abrie Griesel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

21. Tony Jantjies (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

22. Pat Howard (DHL Western Province)

23. Maks van Dyk (KZN)

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  1. Look at all those Lions coming through … The union is far healthier than it seems looking at S15 results only.

  2. Pissing in the Cape – Coetzenburg
    already fooked in first game.
    Talk of moving the other games to

  3. Reply to Boertjie @ 1:54 pm: Ek het Dinsdag al gesê dat ek nie kan verstaan hoekom Maties nie hul rugbyveld kan regkry nie? Dit lyk of daar geen dreinering is nie en of hulle drie verskillende soorte gras op verskillende plekke op die veld gebruik het.

  4. Reply to KingPaul @ 3:49 pm:

    Hulle kla nou daar is te veel wintergras,
    wat natuurlik nie wortels het nie.
    Hulle sê kunsmis sal nie help nie.

    In albei gevalle is hulle korrek.

    Anyway, wie wil na hierdie :poop: kyk?

  5. what irritated me was the commentators on Sky and the match commentators going on and on about how SA are physical and bigger, stronger than Ireland but looking at the scrum weights the Irish outweighed the Bokkies and then the backs the Irish were bigger/heavier than the bokkies!?

    So where the f%$§ do they get the idea that the SA sides are so big? This is not 1980 anymore!!! :Boertjie GOM:

    BTW: I bet England outweigh the bokke on Saturday and yet the Bokke will be hailed as bigger! :bangheadt:

  6. So now the Welsh have beaten the mighty AB’s at u20 level, Ireland beat SA, Argentina beat Australia…

    a new world order is building if we don’t pull finger!! :censored:

  7. Ireland all over the poms now an deluding 7-3!
    I want the Irish to win but that will mean SA are out of it if they lose to the poms and IMO the will lose to them :?

    ah fook it – they want win it anyway so go Ireland!

  8. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 11:00 am: I know like really WTF.
    Listen dumb Ian Jones in the Higlanders Bulls game going on how big the Bulls players are, when the pack weights were on the screen and the highlanders were heavier.

    You keep saing something for so long you keep believing it. Like saffas are dirty, Australia plays running rugby or the Bulls dont score tries.
    This then applies to the boks and this deluded idea of playing to our strenghts of physicality. We are not bigger any more but we think we are and have not develoed any further.

    Well done Wales and Pumas

  9. Reply to Kevin_rack @ 1:33 am:

    Yep… like Bok’s strengths are their scrums when they have not dominated a top 5 side ever since turning pro… even Aus who have been smashed by the Poms on two occasions are never troubled by the Boks…

    Even their set-pieces bar line-outs are not unified nor do they hunt as a pack… no counter-rucking in the 1/4’s allowed Pocock and co free reign… (all of the above our traditional ‘strengths’…

    Phew on England had them at 1-12pts…

    JT Baby Boks still have to beat England to make it through, whether the Irish had beaten the Poms or not…

    I cannot see them doing it…