South Africa stepped up on Wednesday and outplayed and outscored New Zealand to advance to the semifinals.
They beat the Baby Blacks 25-17 denying them the bonus point they needed to advance to the playoffs. This is only the second time New Zealand was unable to make it through to the playoffs of the U20 tournament.
The Junior Springboks did not do it the easy way conceding three yellow cards in the game. One must applaud the effort that they put into their defence.
For most of the match their defence stopped any attack the Baby Blacks attempted and they stepped every time up when they lost a player to the bin.
The Junior Boks dominated their set pieces and put the New Zealanders under huge pressure at scrum time getting crucial penalties in the second half to put scoreboard pressure on them.
They had a dream start when Pretorius set up Isaac for the first try of the match. A penalty minutes later and an intercept try from van der Mescht gave the Junior Boks a great lead which left the Baby Blacks playing catchup rugby from the start.
New Zealand got their first points through a penalty just before half time.
Hendrikse got two more penalties over in the last five minutes of the first half to take the Boks into the break with a 19-3 lead.
The second half did not start well for the Junior Springboks, conceding a penalty try and another man in the bin for what the referee and TMO judged as a early tackle
The Junior Springboks got into a 13 point lead with 10 minutes to go. The game was on a knife edge when Lalomilo got over for another try to bring the lead down again.
At this stage the Baby Blacks where still in the playoffs but their hope faded away after Nohamba kicked over a penalty after a massive scrum from the Boks to take the lead to 25-17 with 2 minutes to go.
The New Zealanders try all they can but could not get pass the defence from the Springboks and had to bow out of the tournament after the first and only lost.
The Junior Boks will now face France in their semi final and England will face Argentina in the other semi final.
Springboks U20: Tries: Vaughen Isaacs, JJ van der Mescht. Conversions: Penalties: Jaden Hendrikse (3), Sanele Nohamba (2).
New Zealand U20: Tries: Penalty try, Lalomilo Lalomilo. Conversion: Fergus Burke. Penalty: Burke.
|June 12, 2019||10:36||80'|
|Team||Losing Bonus Point||Penalty||Tries||Conversions||4 TRY BP||Points||Outcome|
|South Africa U20||0||4||2||0||0||25||Win|
|New Zealand U20||0||1||2||2||0||17||Loss|