Ju­nior Boks groan to vic­tory

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - WYNONA LOUW

IF THE Ju­nior Boks man­age to repli­cate some of the moments they pro­duced in their win over Ge­or­gia in their sec­ond match of the World Rugby Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onship, their chances of making it all the way to the fi­nal cer­tainly can’t be too bad.

There were some out­stand­ing moments that re­sulted in bril­liant tries by the Ju­nior Boks, but it was by no means a per­fect per­for­mance.

The Ju­nior Boks got the first try of the match af­ter their for­wards took the ball through a num­ber of phases, and No 8 Juarno Au­gus­tus even­tu­ally found a gap in the Ge­or­gians sturdy de­fence and pow­ered through for the try.

Full­back Jean-Luc Cil­liers added the con­ver­sion.

The Ge­or­gians crossed the try line shortly af­ter­wards when Koba Jimsheleishvili went over, but the roar­ing home crowd’s cheers quickly turned to boo­ing when the TV match official con­firmed that the skip­per lost con­trol of the ball af­ter some good pres­sure by fly­half Manie Lib­bok in the tackle.

There was some­thing to shout about when left­wing Davit Meskhi pro­duced some in­di­vid­ual bril­liance as he broke through tack­les and side-stepped his way past de­fend­ers, be­fore pro­duc­ing a beau­ti­ful off­load and show­ing top sup­port play to spark great in­ter­play that even­tu­ally sent lock Lasha Tabidze over for the try.

Scrumhalf Gela Aprasidze con­verted the try to take the score to seven-all.

But Chean Roux’s team upped their game when out­side cen­tre Wan­dis­ile Sime­lane sidestepped his way past three de­fend­ers to go over for the try and Cil­liers added the ex­tras.

And the Baby Boks didn’t stop there. Af­ter Sime­lane’s try, Cil­liers sparked a great counter-at­tack with a neat chip kick in his own 22, and af­ter a se­ries of kick-aheads, pivot Lib­bok scooped the ball up and ef­fort­lessly ran in to score and take the half-time score to 19-7.

Af­ter a solid start to the sec­ond half, Ge­or­gia were made to pay for con­ced­ing a num­ber of soft penal­ties when re­place­ment prop Gu­ram Gogichashvili was sent to the sin bin.

Af­ter win­ning a scrum con­test, the South Africans got their fourth try when scrumhalf Em­brose Pa­pier put winger Yaw Penxe to score.

The Ju­nior Boks im­pressed again when Sime­lane got his sec­ond, round­ing off stun­ning team play that saw the ball travel through nu­mer­ous pairs of hands and run­ning lines that pen­e­trated Ge­or­gia’s de­fence to score their fifth try. Re­place­ment back Cur­win Bosch added the con­ver­sion.

Ge­or­gia got a chance to score in the third quar­ter when Tedo Abzhan­dadze put in a beau­ti­ful grub­ber for Giorgi Go­go­ladze to run onto and dot down for the try. Aprasidze made no mis­take with the con­ver­sion.

The Baby Boks got an­other try when in­side cen­tre Damian Willemse cre­ated magic with his feet as he stepped past de­fend­ers to send­ing a per­fectly-timed off­load to Lib­bok to score. Bosch added the con­ver­sion to the leave the fi­nal score 38-14.

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