JOHANNESBURG: The 40-30 Win over New Zealand saw the Junior Springboks finishing on a high note and claiming a bronze medal at Stade de la Méditerranée in Béziers.
After his team delivered a strong performance defeating New Zealand on Sunday, Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux was pleased with how his boys ended the World Rugby U20 Championship.
The 40-30 Win over New Zealand saw the Junior Springboks finishing on a high note and claiming a bronze medal at Stade de la Méditerranée in Béziers.
The first half was tense as both teams tried hard to make their presence felt. New Zealand’s three tries and two penalty goals, to two converted tries by the SAU20s, handed them a 25-14 lead at the break.
But Roux’s charges dominated the second half and added four tries, with Tyrone Green earning his double, while they limited the opposition to just one in the final seconds of the match.
“I thought we played well, but just when we thought we started well, we made one or two bad decisions, which cost us two tries,” said Roux.
“But that is the type of experience the players need at this level so they can learn from it.
“It was an awesome comeback in the second half, and I am happy for the players because they worked very hard for this, so all credit to them.
“In saying that, I am still very disappointed that we were not in the final because that was our goal from the outset. It was good though to beat New Zealand to finish third.”
Commenting on his team’s performance, the coach said: “We delivered a balanced performance between the forwards and backs in what was the first match in which we had dry conditions without strong wind, so we could use our backs. And it was evident that there are a few brilliant players among the backs.”