Baby Boks Out Play Baby Blacks 33 - 24

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:48
  • Sergeal Petersen

The Baby Boks began an outstanding performance against the Baby Blacks with 2 penalty kicks from Handre Pollard to put the score at 6-0 within 11 minutes of play.

The New Zealand Baby Blacks had an opportunity to answer when the Baby Boks turned over possession inside their 22m, and they did as Tevita Li went over for his first try of the match. Simon Hickey converted, 7-6 to New Zealand.

New Zealand kept tight pressure on the SA backline to force errors during phase play and the match slowed for constant set pieces.

In the 25th minute Tevita Li demonstrated his incredible pace for a 50 metre run breaking 3 tackles and outrunning 2 to score his second try of the match. Again the Baby Blacks captain Simon Hickey converted to bring the score to 14-6.

Soon after the kick off Jean-Luc Du Preez took a knee to the head going in for a low tackle on New Zealand's massive 8th man Matt Peni and had to be stretchered off. He did regain consciousness and was speaking with medics on the way to the hospital.

The Junior Springboks wasted no time getting back into the game and after the kick off forced a turnover in the Baby Blacks 22m. Aidon Davis, Sergeal Petersen and Jesse Kriel pushed down the left side for a scrum just off the NZ try line, but the New Zealand defence forced a penalty and immediately kicked it out of danger.

SA again with phased play down the left wing into the Junior All Black 22m. From one side to the other and back again, SA's possession remained within the New Zealand red zone until they conceded a penalty giving Pollard the opportunity to slot his 3rd penalty kick. 14-9 to the Baby Blacks.

Jesse KrielIn the 31st minute 8th man Aidon Davis swiped an overthrown Baby Black lineout at speed, passed to Pollard who swung to Daniel Kriel to run it down the left side. A late pass to Sergeal Petersen on the line made space for Jesse Kriel to receive Petersen’s inside ball and proceed to hand off McKenzie for the try.

Scores even at 14-14 after a failed conversion.

An offside for SA gave the New Zealand captain and Blues super rugby player Simon Hickey another opportunity for points. He converted for 17 – 14 in the 36th minute.

The closing minutes of the first half saw the ball often in the air with Baby Black fullback Damian McKenzie showing no fear of the ruck and excellent collection of the high ball.

All Baby Boks in the 2nd Half

In the 42nd minute Sergeal Petersen brought SA back to the New Zealand 22m where they conceded a penalty. The resulting SA lineout went sour for another penalty, and the Baby Black scrum allowed them to quickly kick for touch.

Once again in Baby Black 22m, another knock on by SA and the Baby Blacks opted for a scrum. This time SA shows strength to win it. Pollard passed to Jesse Kriel who offloaded brilliantly back to Pollard for the try. Pollard converted to make it 21-17 to SA.

Knowing they couldn't afford to remain in their own half, the Baby Blacks kept the ball in the air, but a turnover in the 49th minute put the ball back in SA hands. The push came down the right side but Mackenzie intercepted an offload by Gelant and they immediately kicked out of danger.

With the Baby Blacks looking desperate, the Junior Springboks again applied pressure right up to the New Zealand try line. After an SA lineout the ball became buried in constant ruck at the corner. Another penalty for a Baby Bok scrum and the pressure remained.

The Baby Boks’ effort was finally rewarded as Lloyd Greeff received wide, just breaking a low tackle for a try. Pollard hit the post to leave the score 26-17 to SA.

At 58 minutes Damian Mackenzie, appearing to give up on the air game, ran the ball up himself into SA territory. After a faulty scrum Pollard put a lineout 10m off the New Zealand try line, and yet again the Baby Blacks narrowly out maneuvered the oppressive SA forwards for a turn over. Hickey kicked long for Petersen to collect.

For a moment the Baby Blacks looked to be reviving with Tevita Li bringing his side into SA territory. Penalties marred play but the Baby Blacks managed to camp in the SA half for a time.

Pierre Schoeman, Wilco Louw, and Jean-Luc Du Plessis stepped onto the field in the 63rd minute to give SA some renewed strength, a strength immediately displayed as the Baby Blacks attempted a run down the right side but ended up losing 33 meters instead.

By this point the Junior Springboks were demonstrating absolute authority with over 10 minutes in the opposition 22 (double New Zealand’s time), and 63% play in Baby Black territory.

Junior Black James Tucker went out with a yellow card in the 70th minute, and SA turned to ruck and maul relying on Nico Janse van Rensburg at the chalk. The push eventually shot wide for Warrick Gelant to just place it in the corner for SA’s 4th try. Pollard converted making it 33-17 after 72 minutes.

SA continued pressure as the rain started coming down. In spite of deteriorating conditions the Baby Boks continued to camp in New Zealand territory.

New Zealand began to run it out of their territory but a hospital pass allowed Pierre Schoeman to flatten his opponent. The Baby Blacks continued their push as Tauasosi Tuimavave made a run down the right side, and a crisp pass to space allowed Blue Super Rugby player Tevita Li to once again put on the afterburners and run it right through SA’s half for his hat trick try.

9 points down, the Baby Blacks made one last attempt with an almost-breakthrough which was immediately thwarted by JD Schickerling.

Final score 33 – 24 to South Africa.

A well-deserved win for the Baby Boks as they demonstrated amazing scrum, perfect set pieces, and a second half pinning of New Zealand against their own try line.

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