Junior Springboks coach Chean Roux has hailed the physical performance of his charges in the wake of their big win against New Zealand at the World Rugby U20 Championship.
The Junior Boks impressed with a 25-17 victory against New Zealand in their final pool match at the Racecourse Stadium in Rosario on Wednesday. They are the only unbeaten team left in the competition, qualifying in top spot for the semi-finals which will be played in Rosario on Monday.
South Africa will meet France, the defending champions. Hosts Argentina will face Australia in the other semi-final.
Roux commended the players following their impressive display against New Zealand.
‘It was a great effort by the players, ‘ the coach said. ‘They executed the game plan excellently.
‘We worked hard on our scrums, lineouts and mauls, and that was excellent, but the outstanding part of our game was our defence. The players showed a lot of character, and all credit to them for that.’
The SA U20 coach said the French will provide tough opposition in the semi-final.
‘We played against France last year and the year before, so we will have a look at the games and sit down tomorrow and work out a plan,’ said Roux.
‘At this stage, however, the important thing is to get the players ready and to ensure that we use every rest day as effectively as possible.’
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