South Africa Under 20s continued their preparations for IRB Junior World Championship 2013 with an emphatic 92-27 win over the Namibian national team at Paul Roos Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch.
The Baby Boks, who will defend the prestigious age grade title in France from 5-23 June, scored 14 tries against the Namibians, who were missing their overseas and South Africa-based players for the encounter.
Four players – centres Justin Geduld and Rohan Janse van Rensburg and wings Seabelo Senatla and Luther Obi – all scored two tries in the win with fly half Robert du Preez missing within just three of the 14 conversions, one of which hit the upright.
The other try scorers were Stefan Ungerer, captain Ruan Steenkamp, Jacques du Plessis, Aidon Davis, Cheslin Kolbe and Sylvian Mahuza. The try scorers for Namibia were PJ van Lill, Justin Nel and Rohan Kitshoff.
Namibia actually took the lead in the third minute when fly half Theuns Kotze slotted his first of two penalties. However, after that the home team kicked into gear and the Baby Boks scored six tries to register a comfortable half-time lead of 40-6.
The South Africans played with purpose and stuck to their game plan, which yielded eight more tries in the second half. As expected, the dangerous Baby Boks’ backline kept the Namibians busy during the entire match, with full back Cheslin Kolbe a constant threat whenever he had the ball.
Flanker Steenkamp led his side superbly and managed to keep the team composed and focused on their game plan. The forwards withstood some crunching tackles early on, but they managed to stamp their authority on the match, one aspect which pleased coach Dawie Theron afterwards.
“We kept to our structure and I am happy with the overall discipline. A match such as this one can easily become very loose, especially once you’ve managed to post a huge score with still plenty of time to go,” said Theron.
“The boys played with purpose and desire and everyone worked their socks off to keep the intensity going right to the end.”
South Africa will face hosts France, England and IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 winners USA in the pool stages of IRB Junior World Championship 2013 with only the winner guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.