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Baby Bok coach praises his team’s commitment

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The Junior Boks laid a solid foundation up-front and backed this up with hard running on attack, which saw them pose a threat until the end

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Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux praised his team’s commitment as they produced another solid performance on their UK tour to defeat Wales Under-20 41-5 at Cardiff Arms Park on Tuesday.

The victory marked their second 40-point score on tour after they defeated Scotland 41-3 in Edinburgh last Friday.

The SA Under-20s held a 10-0 lead at the break against Wales, and built on this with intent in the second-half to finish the match with six tries to only one by the hosts. The Junior Boks laid a solid foundation up-front and backed this up with hard running on attack, which saw them pose a threat until the end.

“I am pleased with the performance and I thought our defence, line-outs and scrums went well,” said Roux.

“It was a physical match and we stood our ground and dominated in the contact. I am especially pleased with our defence.

“It is a pity we conceded one try, but they were on our tryline at times and we had to defend several phases, so I thought that was excellent. It showed the players’ commitment.”

He added: “I think we still have some work to do on our attack. But that is why are playing these matches. We would like to learn from them.”

The SA Under-20s will face England in their final tour match tomorrow at the Sixways Stadium in Worcester, and Roux admitted that the players will be tested with the short turnaround time.

“It is going to be tough with a two-and-a-half days to go before the match against England, but we are trying to make it as tough as possible for the players,” said Roux.

“We are expecting a difficult match, as they are fresh and will be ready for us, but that is exactly what we wanted before going to the World Rugby Under-20 Championship.”

African News Agency