(Do yourself a favour and click play on the video below, then read this report.)
After a less-than-convincing first-half that caused very few punters on social media (including this correspondent) to give the Springbok Under20 any chance of advancing, the Baby Boks have qualified for the semi-finals of IRB Junior World Championships (JWC).
The young Springboks accomplished the well-nigh impossible after scoring four second half tries to beat England at Cape Town Stadium here on Tuesday night winning 28-15, after trailing 3-0 at half-time.
Going into the match, the media had made it abundantly clear to all that the South Africans had to win with a four-try bonus point if they were to have any chance of advancing, let alone winning their home tournament. However, when the BabyBoks went into the shed scoreless the odds were stacked heavily against them pulling it off.
However, in an inspired second-half display that makes one wonder what exactly Dawie Theron said to the youngsters, the Baby Boks scored four second half tries courtesy of centre and stand-in skipper William Small-Smith and flankers Shaun Adendorff (2) and Pieter Steph du Toit to secure a famous win in Cape Town.
The deed was done.
South Africa will now play Argentina in the semi-finals, while New Zealand will play Wales in the other semi-final.
Listening to Small-Smith at the post-match interview, one couldn’t but spot much of the Springbok Sevens ethos in the young man’s comments “You cannot just say it… you have to believe it.”
I must admit that I have never thought of Small-Smith in a leadership role but after tonight, after that famous win… it took a real leader to inspire such a performance and I am a happy convert.
Well done Baby Boks.
Go for gold.
Darren Scott played this tune on Ballz Visual Radio tonight, seems only fair to dedicate it to our Baby Boks… Smells like teen spirit, indeed.
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