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Junior Springboks finish top of pool C in JWC2014
June 10, 2014
The Junior Springboks finished top of pool C at the IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand on Tuesday, beating a spirited Samoa 21-8 in Pukekohe. Samoa had a 8-7 lead at the break.

The South Africans scored three tries, two of them in the second half, as they battled poor playing conditions and a very committed Samoan team to finish as the top qualifier at the tournament.

It was a frustrating evening for the Junior Boks, who lacked the sharpness and edge that highlighted their play against New Zealand on Friday. They could not execute on a number of occasions, but finished strongly.

The South Africans were held over the line on three occasions, lost the ball over the line twice and had two penalties to the poles drifted wide.

Junior Springboks captain Handrè Pollard admitted to a rather disjointed display after the match.

“We made a lot of errors, but we wanted to get into the semifinals and we are. That is very pleasing. There was great commitment from Samoa and we were a bit flat,” he said.

“At least we played better second half. We are a team that play 80 minutes and kept on knocking.”

It took almost half an hour for the first score and it was Samoa who got the scoreboard rolling.

Samoan flyhalf Talaitane Mu did miss a penalty after 30 minutes, but the Samoans scored from a charged-down kick shortly afterwards, with inside centre Nathaniel Apa dotting down.

The conversion was missed. The Junior Boks got onto the scoreboard and the lead with a try by Aidon Davis, following a number of strong scrums by his team and a yellow card for repeated infringements to Samoa. Pollard converted to put the Junior Boks ahead. Mu did kick another penalty on the halftime whistle to give the Samoans an unexpected lead.

A missed penalty by Pollard in the 54th minute was quickly redeemed by Andre Esterhuizen, who crashed over next to the poles after receiving an inside pass from his captain.

The conversion was good and with Samoa pressing hard to get past the 14-8 deficit, Sergeal Petersen scooped on a loose pass and scored to confirm the result in the 79th minute.

Points Scorers:

South Africa 21 (7). Tries: Andre Esterhuizen, Aidon Davis, Sergeal Petersen. Conversions: Handrè Pollard (3).
Samoa 8 (8). Try: Nathaniel Apa. Penalty: Talaitane Mu.

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, September 19 2014
15:00 - Golden Lions U19 vs Sharks U19
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
15:00 - Border U19 vs Griquas U19
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup First Division
17:00 - Border Bulldogs vs Leopards
BCM Stadium, East London
Inter Provincial Women A 1
19:00 - Border vs Western Province
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - Xerox Golden Lions vs Steval Pumas
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, September 20 2014
10:45 - WP U19 vs EP Kings U19
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
11:00 - Leopards U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
11:00 - SWD U19 vs Boland U19
Outeniqua Park, George
11:20 - Valke U19 vs Griffons U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Absa Under 21 Competition
12:00 - Griquas U21 vs SWD U21
GWK Park, Kimberley

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