All or nothing for Baby Boks

The Baby Boks must beat England and claim a bonus point for scoring four tries if they are to stand a chance of progressing through to the semi-finals of the U19 World Championship.

Both teams are in a do-or-die situation after losing their first matches. The Baby Boks suffered a 42-3 defeat against France in their opener, while England went down 17-16 against Ireland.

The Baby Boks redeemed themselves a few days later by crushing Samoa 44-0, but still need a big win against the Poms.

Coach Eugene Eloff said his team would be aiming for the full five league points.

“We will leave nothing for chance,” he said. “Our aim is to advance to the last four and to do that we must secure five points.

“England will pose an even bigger physical challenge than France, but I am confident my team will rise to the occasion. Most of the age-group teams play a similar style of rugby than those of their senior teams. We know England relish the idea of a forward challenge, so we had to prepare accordingly.”

The match starts at 18.00 SA time and will be screened on SS1 and CSN on SuperSport.

SA U19 team to play England:

15 Frans Steyn, 14 Hercules Venter, 13 PJ Vermeulen, 12 Hayden Groepies, 11 Christopher Juries, 10 Andre Smith, 9 Conraad Hoffmann, 8 Dewald Potgieter, 7 Coenraad Brits, 6 Johan van Deventer, 5 Lehan Koekemoer, 4 Giant Nkosi, 3 Sewes Oosthuizen, 2 Divan Kapp, 1 Drew van Coller.