Baby Boks suffer big setback

SA U20 star Sias Ebersohn has been suspended for three weeks after making a dangerous tackle at the Junior World Champs.

Ebersohn was cited after the Baby Boks beat France 43-27 on Saturday for a hit on the French inside centre, Geoffrey Doumayrou, in the 33rd minute of the second half.

‘Sias was found guilty of a dangerous tackle and he has been suspended for three weeks, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament,’ said Willem Oliphant, the South African team manager.

‘The incident probably looked worse than it really was. It was a niggly game and we are very disappointed that Sias got suspended. It’s a huge loss for us. We do have the option to appeal and must make that decision within 24 hours, but we have not decided yet if we are going to do that.

‘Under the IRB’s regulations we are not allowed to replace Sias, but we do have enough cover in the squad.”

Francois Brummer, who played at inside centre against the French, could be used at fullback when the Baby Boks faces England in their semi-final on Wednesday in Tokyo. Such a move could see Nicolaas Hanekom come into the side at outside centre, with squad captain Robert Ebersohn moving into the No 12 jersey.

According to Oliphant, Robert Ebersohn was cited for the same incident, but was acquitted.