U20s ready for Eng­land

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - WYNONA LOUW

JU­NIOR Spring­bok cap­tain Ernst van Rhyn is con­fi­dent his team are in a “good men­tal space” ahead of their semi-fi­nal clash against Eng­land to­mor­row.

The Baby Boks will face the un­de­feated Eng­land in the first semi-fi­nal match of the day (kick­off 4 pm), and New Zealand will take on France in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal of the World Rugby Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships at 6.30 pm.

The SA U20s booked their play-off spot with a 72-14 vic­tory over Ar­gentina last week after open­ing the com­pe­ti­tion with a 23-23 draw against France and a 38-14 win over hosts Ge­or­gia one week later.

Van Rhyn vowed that the team would give their best in the clash against the English, and he also said that the team were ex­pect­ing a tough test against the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

“As a team we are in a good men­tal space and we’ve built up nicely in the first three games,” said Van Rhyn.

“Eng­land are a great team again this year, so we will have to work hard and en­sure that we are at the top of our game to win the semi-fi­nal. All we can do now is to pre­pare as well as pos­si­ble, and come (to­mor­row) to give our best.”

When asked what he hoped to see from this team in the semi-fi­nal, the for­mer SA Schools cap­tain and 2016 SA U20 vice-cap­tain said: “We showed a lot of char­ac­ter in the pool stages of the tour­na­ment, and I would like to see the guys build on that and to re­mem­ber what we stand for as a team.

“I can­not ask more than for each player and the man­age­ment team to give their best.”

Ju­nior Spring­bok coach Chean Roux will an­nounce his team to face Eng­land to­day.

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