Maties beat the South African U20 team in a sweltering Stellenbosch, and showed
that they will be exceptionally tough to beat this year.
The Baby Boks
started the game off very well, and Jan Serfontein made a strong run up the
middle of the field, and found his outside-centre, Sylvian Mahuza, who was
dragged down inches short of the line. A penalty followed, and then flanker
Jacques du Plessis barged his way over the line, with flyhalf Handré Pollard kicking
inside-centre Louis Jordaan relatively early in the match, but his replacement
Hayden de Villiers didn’t let his teammates down. Maties kicked a penalty out
and from the subsequent line-out starting driving the Baby Boks back, setting a
trend for the afternoon. Hooker Neethling Gericke scored from the maul, and JH
Potgieter pushed the conversion just wide.
Maties props, Allistair Vermaak and Brendon Pitzer, completely dominated their
opponents, and from a scrum they forced a knockout. Maties then scrummed again
and after recycling possession well, James Alexander passed to Reniel Hugo, who
in turn fed his second-row partner Wilhelm van der Sluys for a score under the
posts. Potgieter kicked the conversion and Maties led 12-7 at the end of the
chukka was a dour affair, with neither team being able to score. Maties
scrumhalf Alexander took a knock on his nose, and was replaced by Jean Nel.
This sped the game up quite well, as fresh legs tend to do, especially in the
scorching heat that the players were subjected to. The highlight of the third
chukka was a chip by Hugo, which was nearly gathered by winger Clearance
sustained pressure on the Baby Boks tryline, the referee awarded a penalty try
after the Bokkies were adjudged to have pulled down the maul. Dean Grant, on
for Potgieter, kicked the conversion and Maties led 19-7. Khumalo had a few
strong runs, and Ryan Nell also caught the eye with his good running from
Derick Linde, who had come on as a replacement, then made two turnovers and
forced a penalty for Maties. The ball was kicked out, and then Johnny Kotze
scored from the following lineout, with Grant keeping the scoreboard ticking
with his conversion. Maties were leading 26-7 at this stage, and time was
running out for the Baby Boks.
playing fullback for the Baby Boks, made a brilliant individual run, beating
about four or five would be Matie defenders on his way to the tryline. The
conversion was missed by Robert du Preez, and Maties still led comfortable at
The final act
of the game was when JP Lewis showed his explosive pace to score when the ball
was sent wide and he dotted down to add a bit of respect to the scoreboard,
with the final whistle blowing after Du Preez had missed the conversion.
have two good preseason victories under their belt, with last week’s 82-0
victory over UWC also showing the team’s killer instinct. Coach Chris Rossouw
will now have the undesirable task of selecting his final squad, but this is
most likely to be a labor of love for the Maties man.
Gericke. Wilhelm van der Sluys, Penalty try, Johnny Kotze
Potgieter, Dean Grant 2
For SA U20’s:
Jacques du Plessis, Tim Swiel, JP Lewis
By Dorfling Terblanche