Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux was pleased with his team’s start to their UK tour on Friday as they produced a solid performance to defeat Scotland 41-3 at the Murrayfield B field in Edinburgh.
The Junior Boks were in fine form on attack as they scored seven tries, with hooker Dan Jooste and winger Sihle Njezula each scoring two. They backed this up with a rock-hard defensive effort, which denied the hosts from crossing the tryline.
“I think the team played really well,” said Roux. “We have been working on our collisions and on being physical, and we dominated in those aspects of the game.
“For the guys to play so well in the cold and windy conditions only a few days after arriving in Scotland is a pleasing result.
“I thought it went really well in the scrums, and I think we only lost one or two lineouts, so overall it was a great start to the tour.”
Of their defence, Roux said: “I believe that is the foundation of a good side, so we will look to build on that. That said obviously the Welsh will pose different challenges.”
The SAU20’s delivered a solid display in the first half as they scored three tries and limited Scotland to a penalty goal to take an encouraging 17-3 halftime lead.
Hooker Daniel Jooste touched down twice from rolling mauls, with his first try being in the seventh minute, and his second in the 28th minute.
Winger Sihle Njezula scored the other try as he received the ball out wide after the team applied solid pressure on attack.
Scotland tried hard to make their presence felt with their forwards and they worked their way into the Junior Springboks’ half on several occasions, but the solid defence shut them out. This resulted in the team opting for a penalty goal, which proved to be their only points in the match.
The SAU20’s continued to stamp their authority in the second half as Njezula again found space out wide, and winger Tyrone Green followed this up with another try to push the team 29-3 ahead.
With the momentum on their side and the Junior Springbok scrum dominating, prop Asenathi Ntlabakanye, powered his way over the tryline from a pick-and-go.
The Junior Boks continued their dominance in the scrum in the dying minutes and earned a penalty try for their efforts, which sealed the 41-3 victory.
The team will face Wales in Cardiff in their next match on Tuesday, 8 May, and then they meet England in London on Friday, 11 May.
Junior Springboks 41 (17) – Tries: Daniel Jooste (2), Sihle Njezula (2), Tyrone Green, Asenathi Ntlabakanye, Penalty Try. Conversions: Gianni Lombard (2), Penalty Conversion.
Scotland 3 (3) – Penalty Goal: Cullum McLelland.