Junior Boks brace for biggest test of 2019


Cape Town – Junior
Springbok
coach Chean Roux said his team was ready to measure themselves in
what will mark their toughest assignment thus far this year when they meet the
Argentina U20s in their final Under-20 International Series match at Paul Roos
Gymnasium in Stellenbosch on Wednesday.

Roux made
eight personnel changes to the side that started in their 50-8 victory against
the Namibia XV on Saturday, with Phendulani Buthelezi and Francke Horn – who
led the side in their last two matches – being named as co-captains.

Fullback
Qamani Kota and flyhalf David Coetzer will start their third games in a row,
while winger Marnus Potgieter and centre Jay-Cee Nel were the other backs that
retained their places in the starting team.

Among the
forwards, Buthelezi – who will joins forces with Horn and Sibusiso Sangweni in
the loose trio – lock Janko Swanepoel and prop Nkosikhona Masuku retained their
starting spots.

The notable
inclusion among the replacements was Sharks flyhalf, Boeta Chamberlain,
who attended the Under-19 Junior Springbok assessment camp in November. He will
make his first appearance for the team after being drafted into the squad this
week as the coaches explore more options at flyhalf.

“We are
pleased that we have the opportunity to play three matches in the series, and
with all respect to the other teams, I believe this one will be the toughest,”
said Roux.

“We are
busy building toward finding the best combinations, so we will continue
experimenting in this game, and hopefully after this we will be able to
finalise the group going to the UK.”

Roux said
he is expecting a true test against the World Rugby U20 Championship hosts:
“Argentina are physical, and they are currently trying to play a new style of
rugby that is very fast. They also have a talented backline and they try to
spread the ball across the field, so our defence will have to be up to
standard.”

With the
clash marking the last chance for Roux to test their structures and new player
combinations before their UK tour next week, where they will face England and
Wales, he said: “This is a very important match for all of us. We are working
toward a game plan that can hopefully win us the World Rugby U20 Championship,
and this is another step in that process.”

Roux’s team will face Scotland in their opening
World Rugby U20 Championship match in Rosario on Tuesday, 4 June, before taking
on Georgia (Saturday, 8 June) and New Zealand (Wednesday, 12 June). The
semi-finals will be contested on Monday, 17 June, and the final on Saturday, 22
June.

Junior
Springbok team to face Argentina:

15 Qamani Kota, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Jay Cee Nel, 12 Rikus
Pretorius, 10 David Coetzer, 11 Caleb Dingaan, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Francke
Horn (co-captain), 7 Phendulani Buthelezi (co-captain), 6 Sibusiso Sangweni, 5 Janko Swanepoel, 4 Elrigh
Louw, 3 Asenathi
Ntlabakanye, 2 Dameon
Venter, 1 Nkosikhona Masuku 

Substitutes: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Hanro
Jacobs, 18 Kudzwai Dube, 19 Emile
van Heerden, 20 Dylan Richardson, 21 Jaco Labuschagne, 22 Boeta
Chamberlain, 23 Sanele Nohamba, 24 Celimpilo Gumede, 25 James
Mollentze, 26 Thaakir Abrahams

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Publish date : 2019-04-16 13:48:00

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