Baby Boks down Ireland

The SA U20s picked up a 42-26 win over Ireland in their second group game at the Junior World Championship.

The Baby Boks outscored their Irish counterparts five tries to two as inside centre Francois Venter grabbed his second brace of the tournament while lock Eben Etzebeth, wing Wandile Mjekevu and Skipper Arno Botha also dived over.

Flyhalf Johan Goosen also delivered an impressive goal kicking performance as he booted 17 points via four conversions, two penalties and a 50m drop goal. Flanker Nizaam Carr, who created two tries through offloads, was also a star performer in the team’s second consecutive victory at the competition.

The SA U20s’ ill discipline, especially around the breakdown, allowed the Irish to keep within reach in the first half as flyhalf James McKinney slotted four penalties. Wing Andrew Conway’s individual brilliance saw the latter trail 27-19 at the break. The Baby Boks then sealed the match with a strong second-half showing as Ireland could only score one converted try through Conway at the death.

South Africa will now face England in their final group fixture on Saturday, which will be the Group C decider.