Baby Boks victorious


South Africa ended the dominance of New Zealand in the IRB Junior World Championship with a thrilling 22-16 final triumph at Newlands Friday.


A capacity 33,210 crowd saw the Baby Boks overcome a 10-9 half-time deficit against the Baby Blacks with scrum-half Vian van der Watt and inside centre Jan Serfontein crossing for second-half tries.

The rest of the South African points came from fly-half Handre Pollard, who succeeded with three of six penalty attempts and slotted a drop goal on the hour mark to give his team a 17-13 advantage.

Left wing Milford Keresoma went over on 34 minutes for the lone New Zealand try with fly-half Ihaia West contributing the other points via a conversion and three penalties.

New Zealand won the previous four editions of the Junior World Championship since it was introduced in 2008 while South Africa finished third three times and sixth last year.

A titanic end-to-end struggle between the under-20 sides captivated the crowd and created a wonderful atmosphere and advertisement for rugby union, apart from an ugly incident on 58 minutes.

South Africa lock Paul Willemse pulled the flowing dreadlocks of New Zealand Ofa Tu’ungafasi, who retaliated by punching the aggressor and both received red cards from English referee Greg Garner.

The Baby Blacks squandered a late chance to close the gap when they overthrew at a line-out close to the South African try-line, surrendered possession and it was the home team who finished camped in opposition territory.

Wales, who upset New Zealand in the pool phase before suffering a semi-finals hiding from the same side, finished third with a 25-17 victory over Argentina after withstanding a late Baby Pumas rally.


Tries: Vian van der Watt, Jan Serfontein
Penalties: Handre Pollard (3)
Drop goals: Pollard

Tries: Milford Keresoma
Conversions: Ihaia West
Penalties: West (3)

Other Results:

Argentina -Wales – 3rd Place
Ireland 18-7 France – 5th Place
England 17-13 Australia – 7th Place
Scotland 62-28 Samoa – 9th Place
Italy 17-19 Fiji – 11th Place

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  1. Yes is one of those yes and fuck moments.

    YES WE WON!!!!!!!

    Fuck it was on lastnight and missed the game :censored:

    Reply to Boertjie @ 9:17 pm: the name Jan Serfontein just had legendary wriiten on it. I think we shall enter a golden era of South African rugby.

  2. Yibba yibba… cannot wait to watch this…

    Was I the only one giving them a chance on RW recently???

    I said it… finally the Baby Bok’s had a sizeable pack and backline to compete with the big boys!

  3. Hmmm

    How long before the Cape Cabal realizes Jan Serfontein is from Pretoria and squeal that he’s not as good as [insert Capetonian name here] because “the Bulls backline players are kak because they play ten man stampkar rugby only”

  4. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 2:01 am:

    finally the Baby Bok’s had a sizeable pack and backline
    Getting a sizeable pack was Theron’s first
    prerogative when he was appointed.
    He may even have put some talented ones on
    a special diet.
    Interesting that Theron made only one sub
    AFAIK – the prop.

  5. How did Fabian do seeing as the ref handed out a red to another Lions.

    Definitely changing of the guard at IRB refs… in the past there is no way a ref would have red carded any All Black… ever…

  6. I think the ref was quite excellent.
    Pity the ABs got a try from forward pass –
    That 5 m scrum on the Bokkies tryline
    one of the highlights from the game.

  7. Reply to DavidS @ 1:35 pm:

    Ref just followed the assref’s
    judgment on the incident.
    I felt sorry for the Bok lock – must
    be difficult to hold or tackle that
    Kiwi without coming close to his hair.

  8. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 8:04 am:

    “It’s a good side Booysen and injuries aside… and they should give the Kiwi’s a game in spite of that… finally some size all round the paddock…”

    Was great to see the many ‘young’ Cape Spanish Baby Black’s fans lose their smiles!