Pollard-001The Junior Springboks opened their IRB Junior World Championship with an impressive 61-5 win over Scotland at the QBE Stadium, North Harbour on Monday.

The South Africans scored nine tries, with good improvement in all phases of play as the match progressed.

Scotland took an early lead with a break-away try after ten minutes, but the Junior Springboks stayed calm and soon reaped rewards for their efforts as first Pierre Schoeman and then Sergeal Petersen crossed the try-line.

Both tries came from a call by captain Handre Pollard, to execute attacking set-plays rather than kicking for poles. The captain, who had a superb match, kicked both conversions to have his side up 14-5 at the break.

“We were not clinical enough in that first half,” the playmaker said afterwards.

“We made to many handling errors, but once the forwards laid the platform for us, the backs could express themselves in the second half,” the captain said.

Express they did in the second half as seven more tries followed.

Pollard started the spark with a great chip and chase that resulted in Lloyd Greeff scoring. More probing play by the flyhalf saw Jesse Kriel crossing the line to score the bonus-point try.

Not to be outdone by the backs, who suffered the loss of centre Andre Esterhuizen due to injury, the forwards rumbled well and kept to their plays and structure. Malcolm Marx scored after good interplay amongst the front row and Aidon Davis also got on the score sheet, but not before Warrick Gelant showed great pace down the blindside for his first JWC try.

A bunch of replacements did not stop the Junior Boks’ momentum and both Kriel and Greeff scored their second five pointers of the evening to cap off a great performance.


South Africa 61 (14). Tries: Pierre Schoeman, Jessie Kriel (2), Lloyd Greeff (2), Malcolm Marx, Sergeal Petersen, Warrick Gelant, Aidon Davis. Conversions: Handre Pollard (7), Jean-Luc du Plessis.
Scotland 5 (5). Try: Jamie Farndale.

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  1. Poor Scotland side made the Baby Boks work hard in the first half.

    Kiwis will win it. There was not much negative play in beginning of the tournament till the Kiwi Samoa game.

    The Kiwis must have their own rules…holding players, taking up the space, back line blocking…like watching the Crusaders play. They must learn negative play the day they are born as it comes so natural like Samoans and dangerous tackles…which like all world cups will save the worst shots for the Boks.

  2. @Jacques(Bunny): the difference between the sides technical skills is huge.
    The Kiwis ran blockers and used negative tactics in their game while we did not even come close to taking up space or holding back players.
    You cannot compete against such advantages…no matter how good the team is.

  3. @Jacques(Bunny):

    He kicking was shocking in the first 25 mins… some of his other option taking too… but saying that the 9 in the first half was the worst on field with sloppy passes, miss-tackles and handling errors around the rucks…

  4. @Jacques(Bunny):

    That 1st SA try looked suspiciously like this:

    ‘Cavalry Charge’. The type of attack known as as a ‘Cavalry Charge’ usually happens near
    the goal line, when the attacking team is awarded a penalty kick or free kick. Either a single
    player stands some distance behind the kicker, or attacking players form a line across the
    field some distance behind the kicker.
    These attacking players are usually a metre or two apart. At a signal from the kicker, they
    charge forward. When they get near, the kicker tap-kicks the ball and passes to a player
    who had started some distance behind the kicker.
    Sanction: Penalty kick at the place of infringement

  5. @Timeo:

    Either way it lacked any form of thinking without even an iota of surprise either… a staple lower level schoolboy move that…