Ikey Tigers Eben Etzebeth and Nizaam Carr (pictured) starred for the SA U20 team who beat Ireland 42:26 at the Junior World Champs in Italy. (photo: gallo)
SA had disposed of Scotland in the opening match, winning 33:0 and here the man of the match was also an Ikey in flank Siya Kolisi. This time Nizaam Carr got a run at the side of the scrum and duly impressed with a great performance including a try saving tackle.
Imposing lock Eben Etzebeth was again a standout in the Babyboks pack and added a valuable five pointer to his side’s tally.
“We made quite a number of changes to our starting line-up for this match, but with the structure and format of the tournament, it’s going to be vital that teams have 22 players fresh and ready for a further four matches which are played every fourth day,” explained SA Under-20 coach Theron following his decision to change nine players following the Scotland match.
England vs Scotland, 39-18
South Africa vs Ireland, 42-26
For South Africa:
Tries: Venter 2, Etzebeth, Mjekevu, Botha
Cons: Goosen 4
Pens: Goosen 2
Tries: Conway 2
Cons: McKinney, Jackson
Pens: McKinney 4
South Africa: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Bradley Moolman, 12 François Venter, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Lohan Jacobs, 8 Arno Botha (captain), 7 Cornell du Preez, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Eben Etzebeth, 4 Ruan Venter, 3 John Roy Jenkinson, 2 Michael van Vuuren, 1 Stephan Kotze.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Nic Schonert, 18 Jean Cook, 19 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 20 Pieter Rademan, 21 John Welthagen, 22 Paul Jordaan.
Ireland: 15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 JJ Hanrahan, 11Craig Gilroy , 10 James McKinney, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Eoin McKeon, 7 Aaron Conneely, 6 Jordi Murphy, 5 Daniel Qualter, 4 Michael Kearney, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Niall Annet (captain), 1 James Tracy
Replacements: 16 David Doyle, 17 Conor Carey, 18 Iain Henderson, 19 Dominic Gallagher, 20 Peter du Toit, 21 Paddy Jackson, 22 Luke Marshall