5 changes to Baby Bok side for England


Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron made five changes to his starting team for their crucial pool B clash against England in the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.

With Ireland also still in the hunt, the result of this clash could determine the group winner and subsequent semi-finalist of this pool in the IRB Junior World Championship 2012.

Theron recalled fullback Dillyn Leyds and wings Paul Jordaan and Pat Howard to his backline and Shaun Adendorff and Fabian Booysen to his loose trio, with his midfield, halfbacks and tight five from the convincing victory over Italy remaining intact.

Wiaan Liebenberg will again lead the side from the side of the scrum.

Theron expressed his excitement for this crucial clash.

“We have all of our current squad fit and ready to play, so I could pick a team I believe can take us past England and into the final four of the competition. We’ve recovered well from the Italy match, but realise that England will be a different opponent, both physically and mentally.”

With both teams needing a bonus point and a win to edge out Ireland, Theron is expecting an all action affair at the fast surface of the Cape Town Stadium.

“We need to score tries and try and get the bonus point and England will have to do the same, so one expects a match with two positives sides playing attacking rugby. This mean that we will have to attack well, but even defend better, as England have shown that they are a team that can score tries.”

Liebenberg also expected no favours from their opponents.

“They can spoil our party, but this will be a very determined and motivated Junior Bok team that will take the field. We have everything to lose, so defeat is not an option for us. We gained good momentum from the win against Italy and now need to use that to get past England.”

Team vs England (Tuesday 12 June 2012, kick-off 18h45):

15. Dillyn Leyds (Western Province)

14. Paul Jordaan (KZN)

13. William Small-Smith (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

12. Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

11. Pat Howard (DHL Western Province)

10. Handrè Pollard (DHL Western Province)

9.  Vian van der Watt (MTN Golden Lions)

8. Fabian Booysen (MTN Golden Lions)

7. Wiaan Liebenberg (Vodacom Blue Bulls, captain)

6. Shaun Adendorff (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

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. Braam Steyn (KZN)

20. Abrie Griesel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

21. Tony Jantjies (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

22. Tshotsho Mbovane (DHL Western Province)

23. Maks van Dyk (KZN)

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  1. They haven’t beaten England in years… iterally since the days when PDV and Boland dude coached them…

    England has had the baby Boks’ number since like 2006…

    I am hoping we upset them but have little hope…

  2. Aussies throwing away their campaign…

    Mistake after mistake gifting the French possession…

    Baby Boks are going to have to take some inspiration from their seniors for this… they’re against it big time…

  3. Much better from the Bokkies after 15min but a few glaring weaknesses in their game:
    #9 is way to slow with a double movement before the pass.
    rucks not controlled at all
    Kebbel getting moered at the scrum

    Poms – very loose with their passing keeping the bokkies in the game.

  4. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 7:05 pm:

    And like their seniors they do not counter-ruck, lose too much of their ball… and they’re making too many mistakes…

    Bok’s are refusing their PK’s and going for BP tries only… if England were smarter they should have been playing their game in the Bok half and pressurising for PK win…

    I’d rather see the Bok’s win this on points than lose it trying to get a BP…

    Extend the lead on the board and England good have gotten desperate and made mistakes…

    SH U20 sides are crap this year despite S15 experience…

    As for this commentator… someone please shut-him-up!

  5. Jordaan doing all the tackling on both wings, all the contesting in the rucks and the only penetrative attacking…

  6. Number 8 for the Boks hasn’t a clue what’s potting in the LO
    ‘s… so why do they continue throwing to him?

  7. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 7:05 pm:

    Seriously: I’ve been watching, is there
    ANY 9 that does NOT do the double
    movement when he passes?
    Not sure about Genia, did not see the ABs.
    I played first team 9 in st.8 and can’t remember doing
    a double pass.

  8. Stoked to be playing the Argies in the semi’s… even though they are unbeaten… I’d rather play them than the Kiwi’s or Wales (to a lesser degree)…

  9. Reply to Boertjie @ 11:13 pm: Lived in Muizenberg with a small ship running aground in Madagascar for 6 months, 6 months in Egypt then UK for a loooong time, all around the world with a few 6 month trans african trips and then landed in Sydney by luck.

    If my plan works, in 3 years it will be 3 months South Africa, 3 months travel anywhere and 6 months Sydney for werk.

    The only place I have not been to in SA is Bloem. Watched rugby every other major venue in South Africa, Paris, London, Cardiff(new and old), Murrayfield, Sydney(both), Queensland etc…

    Is that enough?
    Rugby is my porn, behind the screen in the middle of the night while every body sleeps. Having wet dreams about McCwaw getting totalled by any one.

    I could tell you about my 2 bike crashs, 5 car right off’s, been bottled in the eye, nearly getting eaten by hippos, malari, train surfing, having more scars than most people have tatoos. But thats personal.

    Now for the Baby Bok replay on http://www.youtube.com/user/QueenslandRedsHQ

  10. Reply to Kevin_rack @ 5:21 am:

    Those guys at QLDRedsHQ don’t miss a beat when up-loading youtube vids… must rarely sleep!

    As per your question the other day… Jordaan, Serftontein and the impressive captain Small-Smith are the next breed of centres coming through as can be seen above…