The SA U20 Springbok squad took on the USA at La Roche sur Yon, France, for the first round of the Junior World Cup, managing to defeat the Americans 97-0 in a utterly convincing victory.
The defending champions scored a wealth of tries, with winger and Sevens star Seabelo Senatla crossing the line four times to equal to JWC record for most individual tries in a single match.
“It was good to get the first match out of the way. However, I cautioned the guys that this is an extremely tough competition and that we will keep our feet firmly on the ground,” said Dawie Theron, SA Under-20 coach.
“There are still two tough pools matches waiting for us against England and home team France. Our backs did the job for us but they could only do so because our forwards laid the platform with some really good, hard work up front,” added Theron.
South Africa next play England on Sunday at the same venue. England beat hosts France 30-6.
South Africa Under-20: Tries: Andrew Beerwinkel, Cheslin Kolbe, Seabelo Senatla (4), Ruan Steenkamp, Justin Geduld (2), Jacques du Toit, Jesse Kriel (2), Michael Willemse (2), Luther Obi (2). Conversions: Handré Pollard, Robert du Preez (6). Penalty: Pollard
Ireland 19, Australia 15
Wales 42, Samoa 3
Argentina 44, Scotland 13
New Zealand 59, Fiji 6
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