The SA U19 rugby side beat France 17-0 in their first of two matches against the visitors in Velddrif on the West Coast.
Poor handling and a lack of composure prevented both sides from registering any points in an otherwise entertaining first-half.
The South African youngsters were much better in the second period scoring two tries through replacements CJ Stander and Sibusiso Sithole. Flyhalf Kurt Coleman added a long range penalty to his two conversions as South Africa sealed the victory.
SA U19 team manager Irven October was pleased with the boys’ improved display in the second-half.
“The boys tackled well and once they got over their over-eagerness, they played with much better control in the second half. The French team came close to scoring on several occasions but we kept them out with good and disciplined defence,” said October.
The two teams meet again on Saturday at 4pm at the Saldanha sports complex.
South Africa – Tries: CJ Stander, Sibusiso Sithole. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (2). Penalties: Coleman.