Theron full of praise for young Boks

June 13, 2012
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Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron was full of praise for his team’s effort after their convincing 28-15 win over England in pool B of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The Junior Boks stormed back from a 0-3 deficit at the break to score four tries and get the bonus point needed to top the pool and qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.

They will play Argentina at Cape Town’s DHL Newlands Stadium on Sunday.

“The players never stopped believing that four tries were possible. Even at the break, when we have failed to score any points, there was a very strong belief that we should stick to our guns and keep hammering away at their defense. We scored early and that gave us great momentum.”

Tries by William Small-Smith and Shaun Adendorff in a short space of time saw the South African side race into a 14-3 lead. England closed the gap with three penalties, but bursts by Pieter Steph du Toit and another by Adendorff secured the bonus point and the win. Handrè Pollard kicked all four conversions.

“This team showed tremendous guts out there tonight and thoroughly deserves all the accolades from this win. We tried afterwards to name a man of the match, but there were just so many guys who played out of their skin, it was impossible,” Theron said.

The Junior Boks lost regular captain Wiaan Liebenberg and replacement flyhalf Tony Jantjies shortly before kick-off, but Theron said they had time to change the team, with Du Toit coming in at seven.

“He was going to play a role as a flanker in this match and the injury forced our hand a bit, but it was part of our plan,” Theron said.

Small-Smith said the team never stopped believing.

“It was a matter of time for us, as we believed that we could score four tries. It was all we talked about before the match. Everyone gave everything out there tonight.”

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12 Comments

  1. avatar grantwp says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Dawie Theron should praise these Bokkies. They might’ve just saved his job for another year with that end half performance.

    A talented bunch of players had to dig deap and play their game. Well done to them, was an outstanding effort!

  2. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    in contrast to the lackluster crap performance of the Ireland game this game was the complete opposite! I hope they can keep the momentum going!

  3. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 12:06 pm:

    If ever there was a game of two halves… I think I was up to 5 poached LO’s, 4 lost scrums, 4 pilfers by the time the whistle went…

    Poms will be ruing the fact they didn’t play for territory more in the first 25mins and attack once in the 22 not from their half…

  4. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 12:56 pm:

    1st half the set pieces were massively under pressure but the attitude by the babyBokke was completely different to that in the ireland game but as you say the 2nd half was a proper :Rule 9:
    What was said/smoked at HT I could use now and then :weed:

  5. avatar biltongbek says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I think the English are getting a bit “gatvol” with us, we keep them in the game first half and then slaughter them in the second.

    Its kinda like a tease, no matter whether you’re under 20 or over.

  6. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Reply to biltongbek @ 2:14 pm:

    :twisted: build them up with hope and then :Rule 9:

    :muahaha:

  7. avatar biltongbek says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 2:17 pm: Remember in the Army it worked the other way around in Basic training?

    There it’s first :Rule 9: then :wave:

    Some psychologist must have spoken to Dawie and Heyneke.

  8. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Reply to biltongbek @ 2:21 pm:

    Well, then he should today make them koppestamp
    and suffer for 40 minutes – then take them to
    the movies for the second half and let them see
    the film to the end.

    With popcorn and chocolates and chips on the house.

  9. avatar biltongbek says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 2:32 pm: Nah, that’ll be to easy, Have a kamp staaldraad (the real one) and then send them to the nearest “house of the rising sun” :whatever:

  10. avatar DavidS says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Reply to grantwp @ 9:54 am:

    I think you’re right…

    He’s been kak since he left Griquas.

    I wonder why, given his success at age group, and failure at higher honours, they did not reappoint Loffie Eloff from Boland.

  11. avatar The Year of the Cheetah says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I still think Dawie is a great coach. But our kids

    a) have a huge ego problem, thinking you only show up against these northern sides – exemplified in them high-fiving each other at every turn like a bunch of queers who crave the touch of human flesh on the hand. STOP THIS KAK PLEASE!

    b) we are too structured. The first half we played like we are a Bok side hoping to win by 3. Let the kids play? We have the natural ball playing skills to have a go at it – so why play with fatarse Nr 5 at 10 for all of the first halve?

    Its amazing the rugby SA sides can play once the back is against the wall. Why not run on with that mentality?

  12. avatar grantwp says:
    June 14th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 7:35 pm: Dawie’s record with Griquas has proven he is a decent coach.

    But like you say… Coaching at age group level is completely different. They need guidance more than anything which is why SARU should appoint one of the current successful coaches of either the u19s or u21s.

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