Baby Boks flex muscles

The Baby Boks surged to a 65-7 victory over a Peter de Villiers-led UWC in Stellenbosch on Friday afternoon.

It was an impressive first run-out from the defending junior world champions, who dominated the former Springbok coach’s Varsity Shield team in the one-sided contest.

The Baby Boks crossed the chalk on 11 occasions, with flank Jacques du Plessis, inside centre Jan Serfontein and wing JP Lewis grabbing a brace each. Wing Luther Obi, No 8 Ruan Steenkamp, inside centre Dries Swanepoel, wing Tyler Fisher and hooker Eugene Le Maitre also got their names on the score sheet.

The extras were kicked by flyhalves Handre Pollard, Robert du Preez and Tim Swiel.

Baby Boks coach Dawie Theron gave most of his squad of 35 game time in their first trial match of the season, and was impressed with what he saw.

‘I was very happy with what happened on the field,’ Theron told ‘We did very in all departments – attack, defence and our set pieces were great.

‘The only thing I’d want us to better is to get our set-piece execution better from the outset. Other than that, everybody did a great job.’

Good news for the Baby Boks is that Theron has retained his assistants – Nazeem Adams and Brendan Venter – for the team’s 2013 campaign. Venter told this site last year that he wasn’t sure that he’d be available for a second Junior World Championship, which will be hosted in France in June.

‘It’s great to have Nazeem and Brendan on board,’ Theron said. ‘Nazeem won the U19 provincial tournament with WP last season, so he knows all these U20 players. We’re all very excited to prepare for our title defence.’

Baby Boks - Tries: Luther Obi, Jacques du Plessis (2), Jan Serfontein (2), Ruan Steenkamp, Dries Swanepoel, Tyler Fisher, Eugene Le Maitre, JP Lewis (2). Conversions: Handre Pollard (3), Robert du Preez, Tim Swiel.

By Gareth Duncan, in Stellenbosch