Baby Boks Crowned Champions

 Jun 22,2012
Written by: Robert Lemmer

Hosts South Africa ended New Zealand’s dominance of the IRB Junior World Championship after second half tries from scrumhalf Vian van der Watt and centre Jan Serfontein secured a 22-16 win to the delight of a sold-out Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Friday.

The two sides, who had each had a rocky route to the final with defeats in the pool stages, were separated by just a point after an intense first half, three Handré Pollard penalties for South Africa against a Milford Keresoma try and penalty and conversion from Ihaia West.

Both sides created scoring opportunities before Van der Watt beat his opposite number Bryn Hall to the touch down, but West kept his side in touch with another penalty. A player from each side then saw red before Pollard slotted a drop goal and Serfontein - who was named Player of the Tournament after the match - went over for a try.

New Zealand kept fighting to the finish to prevent the title slipping from their grasp but could only manage a solitary penalty from West, sparking wild celebrations from the South Africans as they became the first to win a world rugby title on home soil since the Springboks at Rugby World Cup 1995.


South Africa - Tries: Vian van der Watt, Jan Serfontein. Penalties: Handre Pollard (3). Drop Goals: Pollard.

New Zealand - Tries: Milford Keresoma. Conversions: Ihaia West. Penalties: West (3).

Other Results:

Argentina -Wales 17-25 3rd Place
Ireland 18-7 France - 5th Place
England 17-13 Australia - 7th Place
Scotland 62-28 Samoa - 9th Place
Italy 17-19 Fiji - 11th Place








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