Bafana Nhleko tweaks Junior Boks for U20 showdown


Junior Springbok coach Bafana Nhleko has handed the halfback duties to Sacha Mngomezulu and Bobby Alexander for the U20 worldwide sequence remaining in opposition to Argentina in Cape City on Saturday.

The match, which is scheduled to kick off at 3pm and has been moved to Newlands, will likely be broadcast stay on SuperSport.

Mngomezulu will take over at flyhalf from Jordan Hendrikse from the facet that outplayed Argentina 33-26 earlier within the sequence, whereas Alexander, who missed that match as a consequence of a leg pressure, takes over from Bradley Davids at scrumhalf.

Hendrikse, who kicked 18 factors in opposition to Los Pumitas, has been launched again to the Emirates Lions for his or her conflict with the British & Irish Lions on Saturday.

Nhleko additionally named Dalvon Blood rather than the injured Canan Moodie on the wing, whereas choosing Jacques Goosen at flank rather than Sasko Ndlovu, who will play off the bench.

Goosen performed at hooker within the first three matches, however Nhleko defined that he was picked for a particular function in thoughts in opposition to Argentina.

“We’ve in opposition to performed them and have seen their matches in opposition to Georgia and Uruguay, so now we have a good suggestion of what they will do and the place their robust factors and weaknesses are,” mentioned Nhleko.

“Each participant is conscious of what’s anticipated of him throughout the match and the way they contribute to our collective objective of creating the staff higher. We’ve picked Jacques to fulfil a really particular function for us.

“The decision might sound a bit unusual, however the Springboks used Schalk Brits at No 8 on the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019, and that served the larger image within the Boks’ effort very properly.

“We hope to make use of Sasko later within the sport, when it opens up and turns into a bit extra free-flowing and that we’ll profit from his robust factors in that regard.”

The choice to maneuver the ultimate spherical of matches (with Georgia and Uruguay additionally in motion at 1pm) to Newlands, as a result of state of the sphere at Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch, was obtained with nice pleasure by the Junior Boks, in line with Nhleko.

“The chance to play at Newlands is a fine addition and when the gamers had been knowledgeable of the venue change, you would really feel the vitality surge,” he mentioned.

“The final time the Junior Springboks performed there, was the Junior World Championship remaining in 2012, which we received, and we’ll now probably be the final South African nationwide staff to play there, so will probably be large for the gamers. We’ve instructed them in regards to the historical past of the sphere, not just for the house staff, however the Springboks as properly.”

Junior Springboks – 15 Quan Horn, 14 Dalvon Blood, 13 Henco van Wyk, 12 Tyler Bocks, 11 Ethan James, 10 Sacha Mngomezulu, 9 Bobby Alexander, 8 George Cronje (c), 7 Siya Ningiza, 6 Jacques Goosen, 5 Simon Miller, 4 Reinhardt Ludwig, 3 Corne Weilbach, 2 Andre-Hugo Venter, 1 Jan-Hendrik Wessels.
Subs: 16 Blaine Golden, 17 Nolan Pienaar, 18 Sibusiso Shongwe (nominated entrance row), 19 Dylan de Leeuw, 20 Raynard Roets, 21 Sasko Ndhlovu, 22 Izan Esterhuizen, 23 Rynard Mouton, 24 Nico Steyn, 25 Bradley Davids, 26 Kian Meadon, 27 Mnqobi Mkhize, 28 Curwin Gertse.

Photograph: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Photos


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