Baby Boks get big win, but plenty to do

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - WYNONA LOUW

JU­NIOR SPRING­BOK coach Chean Roux says there’s still a lot of work to do fol­low­ing his team’s 55-14 vic­tory against Ge­or­gia in Stel­len­bosch yes­ter­day.

The Ju­nior Boks thrashed the team they will meet in their first match of the 2018 World Rugby Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships (on May 30) at the Märkot­ter Fields at Paul Roos Gym­na­sium, giv­ing them a solid boost as they pre­pare for their re­main­ing warm-ups be­fore the in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment kicks off in France.

South Africa ran in three tries in the first quar­ter and added two more be­fore the break, while the vis­i­tors could only man­age to en­ter the Ju­nior Boks’ in-goal area once in the first 40 (36-7 half time).

Roux’s team added three more tries in the se­cond half, and while the Ju­nior Bok men­tor is pleased with his team’s ef­forts, he wants to see more boxes checked be­fore the end of next month.

“The score­board was pleas­ing, but there is still a lot of work to do,” said Roux.

“In say­ing that, it was our first out­ing as a team in a full game, and I am pleased that there were no se­ri­ous in­juries. I think we did well in the li­ne­outs and we started with the tempo we wanted, but we will con­tinue to work hard in the next cou­ple of days.”

Flanker Muller Uys was the first to cross the white­wash, and Sihle Njezula made it two for the hosts shortly af­ter­wards af­ter cap­i­tal­is­ing on a kick pass.

Wan­dis­ile Sime­lane got on the score­sheet to take the score to 24-0, and Ge­or­gia hit back with a try by No 8 Arsena Macha­l­adze.

Cap­tain and lock Sal­maan Mo­erat and cen­tre Rikus Pre­to­rius scored back- to- back tries in the last eight min­utes of the first half.

Ge­or­gia put up a fight early in the se­cond half, and they were re­warded when full­back Beka Ma­mukashvili scored a con­verted try to take their score into dou­ble fig­ures (34-14).

But as the clock ticked on, the Ju­nior Boks took full con­trol of the game, and tries by JC Pre­to­rius, Njezula and Rikus Pre­to­rius took the hosts’ try tally to eight.

The SA side will meet Ge­or­gia again on Fri­day, 20 April, at the Danie Craven Sta­dium in Stel­len­bosch.

They will con­tinue their prepa­ra­tions in the UK where they will face Scot­land, Wales and Eng­land. The World Rugby U20 Cham­pi­onship runs from 30 May to 17 June.

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