South Africa 108-18 USA

(IRB.COM) Friday 6 June 2008
By Alan Lorimer
From Wrexham
 South Africa 108-18 USA
South Africa centre Stefan Watermeyer charges forward for the opening try - Photo: Huw Evans

South Africa made clear their IRB Junior World Championship ambitions with a big win over USA at the Racecourse Ground to secure the bonus point and a huge haul of points in the bag.

The Baby Boks wasted little time in registering their first points as centre Stefan Watermeyer carved his way through the USA defence for a try converted by fly half Josias Ebersohn.

Then from a driven lineout in the corner, flanker Thiliphaut Marole emerged from a pile of bodies to claim South Africa’s second try, Josias Ebersohn again converting.


A penalty from scrum half Sean Treacy gave USA respite but only for a short period as Josias Ebersohn made the break for a try by hooker Pieter Janse van Vuuren. The fly half converted and then added the extras to his own try before adding the extra points to a second touchdown from Van Vuuren.

Fortunately for the game, the USA replied with a Thretton Palamo try converted by Treacy. The USA scrum half then kicked his second penalty after South Africa lock Sobelo Nhlapo had committed a yellow-card offence.

A superb run by USA wing Zach Test all but brought a score, but from the ensuing lineout, prop Stevie Johnston gained possession to score his side’s second try.
But in first-half injury time, South Africa skipper Gerrit-Jan van Velze slipped in for a try, Josias Ebersohn converting for a 42-18 interval lead.

Van Velze started the second-half try fest from a five-metre scrum, before wing Lionel Mapoe, Watermeyer, with his second score, and then Van Vuuren for his hat-trick, touched down,  Ebersohn maintaining his 100 percent conversion record.

The scored continued with tries by Nhlapo, wing Vainon Willis, two from replacement Francois Brummer, a third from Watermeyer, and a sign-off score from Josias' twin Robert Ebersohn, with Brummer converting four.


South Africa Coach Eric Sauls: “We will build on the confidence gained from this match. What pleased me was that we kept out structure when the game became loose.”

South Africa Captain Gerrit-Jan van Velze: “We certainly started off on a good note but we’re aware that we conceded two tries in the last 20 minutes of the first half. We pride ourselves in defence so we must look at this before the Scotland game.”

USA Coach Salty Thompson: “It was a big baptism of fire for us. We got 18 points and probably played for 18 minutes.”

USA Captain Scott Lavalla: “We gave them too much ball. There were too many turnovers. But we were pleased with out two tries in the first half.”