Junior Springboks battle to bonus-point win over Uruguay


The Junior Springboks laboured to a bonus-point victory over a dogged Uruguay U20 crew on the primary day of the Worldwide Sequence on Friday afternoon.

Recreation Circulate: The Junior Springboks appeared set for a cushty afternoon when Moodie grabbed his first attempt after a break from Quan Horn within the opening minute of the match.

Nonetheless, the primary half of the match was all the things however snug, as, to their credit score, Uruguay turned it into an almighty scrap. The South American crew have been unfortunate to not rating a attempt as they’d the ball held up over the tryline.

The Junior Boks dominated possession and territory in the direction of the top of the primary half, however got a tough time on the breakdown and needed to accept a 7-3 lead on the half-time

Junior Bok coach Bafana Nhleko rang the modifications on the break, bringing a brand new entrance row and squad captain George Cronje on in the beginning of the second half.

The modifications paid off as Wessels put Ethan James away out broad, who in flip handed on his inside to see Bobby Alexander race by way of to attain.  Wessels then put Alexander away once more, however the scrumhalf this time turned present as he generously gave Moodie the ball to the wing rating his second attempt.

The Junior Boks prolonged their lead when a strong driving maul noticed Andre-Hugo Venter rating within the nook, earlier than wing Curwin Gertse stepped his means over to make it 29-3.

Regardless of having two gamers yellow-carded, Uruguay saved preventing and obtained a deserved attempt within the final 5 minutes when, after a protracted interval of pick-and-drives, loosehead prop Gabriel Evans scored. to make it 29-10 at fulltime.

Gamers that shone: Fullback Quan Horn appeared harmful every time he ran the ball again from any kicks behind and was usually strong when fielding something on the break.

Canan Moodie chased any kicks down his wing excellently and grabbed a deserved brace of tries.  Outdoors centre Ethan James didn’t see an excessive amount of of the ball, however when he did, he appeared like making one thing occur.

Jan Hendrik Wessels has an superior influence within the second because the Bulls front-rower had a hand in two tries and dominated the collisions and scrums.

In the meantime, earlier within the day, the Argentina Pumitas (U20) confirmed their class by handing the Georgia U20 crew a 82-10 thrashing, scoring 12 tries within the course of.

Junior Springboks – Tries: Canan Moodie (2), Bobby Alexander, Andre-Hugo Venter, Curwin Gertse. Conversions: Brandon Wilkie, Kian Meadon.
Uruguay U20 – Strive: Gabriel Evans. Conversion: Thomas Bameule. Penalty: Santiago Gomez Platero

Junior Springboks – 15 Quan Horn, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Ethan James, 12 Tyler Bocks, 11 Curwin Gertse, 10 Brandon Wilkie, 9 Bobby Alexander, 8 Izan Esterhuizen, 7 Reinhardt Ludwig, 6 Sasko Ndluvo (c), 5 Dylan de Leeuw, 4 Raynard Roets, 3 Blaine Golden, 2 Jacques Goosen, 1 Nolan Pienaar.
Subs (from): 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 18 Corne Weilbach (nominated entrance row), 19 George Cronje, 20 Rynard Mouton, 21 Bradley Davids, 22 Siya Ningiza, 23 Dalvon Blood.


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