Emerging SA names team for crucial match against Romania
June 19, 2008
Emerging SA coach Chester Williams has named his team for the vital and final IRB Nations Cup match tomorrow evening in Bucharest against tournament hosts Romania. Kick-off is at 19h00 SA time.

Supersport will once again televise the match live on SS7.

Both teams are unbeaten after two matches and the South Africans are currently top of the log thanks to a superior points-difference. Chester William’s team thus need an outright victory to retain the Cup.

In their previous matches the South Africans managed to beat Georgia 11-3 and Italy A 20-19 while Romania overcame Uruguay 10-6 and Russia 13-12.

Emerging SA found Italy A an extremely tough nut to crack and Williams told www.sarugby.co.za that his team can expect another bruising contest from Romania.

“I was fortunate to coach over here for a short while and I know how passionate the local people are about their rugby. Romania is a good unit and they have the advantage of playing on home turf.

“The competitiveness amongst all the teams has impressed me tremendously and we can therefore brace ourselves for a big challenge. We have much to play for as the winner will definitely take the Cup,” said Williams.

The Emerging South Africa team is:

15. Bjorn Basson
14. Howard Noble
13. Justin St Jerry
12. Morgan Newman
11. Rocco Jansen
10. Jody Rose
09. Warren Malgas
08. Ashley Johnson
07. Hendrik Roodt
06. Francois Prinsloo
05. Nico du Plessis
04. Cobus Grobler
03. Philip Lemmer
02. Jody Jenneker
01. Sangoni Mxoli

Reserves

16. Greg van Jaarsveld
17. Janro van Niekerk
18. Berend Botha
19. Zolani Mofu
20. Sarel Pretorius
21. Isma-eel Dollie
22. Richard Lawson

Fact: Italian kicking ace Paolo Buso is the top points scorer with 25, follow by Matias Arocena (Uruguay, 21), Alexander Yanyushkin (Russia, 17) and Isma-eel Dollie (Emerging SA, 16).

Match Day 3 - Friday, 20 June
Russia v Uruguay (16:00 local time)
Italy A v Georgia (18:00)
Emerging South Africa v Romania (20:00)