Junior Springboks coach Chean Roux says his team’s loss to England will serve as a tough lesson as they continue their preparations for the U20 Championship.
A late charge by England U20, in which they scored three tries in the dying minutes, saw them claim a 35-8 victory after holding a slender 14-8 lead at the break.
‘It definitely was a tough and physical game,’ Roux said following the match. ‘We were totally outplayed; they were the better side on the day.
‘We will have played five matches such as this before the World Rugby U20 Championship. This was a tough lesson, but that is what the competition is about.’
The Junior Springboks will next face Wales in their last international friendly before the Championship, which will be hosted by Argentina in June.
‘Wales is going to be a tough game as well,’ Roux added. ‘They beat England in the U20 Six Nations, so we will need to be ready for them.’
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