It is the first time in the history of the tournament that the Baby Boks have not made it to the semi-finals. In all three previous tournaments the Boks have fallen out in the semi-finals, twice to England and once to New Zealand. In all three previous tournaments they finished 3rd overall
The Baby Boks had plenty of chances to score and claim victory against an organised and physical England side, but a mixture of poor finishing by the Boks and good defense by England saw the Boks squander their chances and lose the match 26-20 after the scores were level at half-time with 11 all.
The Baby Boks, just as Australia, only lost one match but Australia goes through to the semi-finals as 4th seeds because of a favourable points difference.
The Baby Boks now have only pride left to play for as they face off in the 5th place play-offs against Ireland, while defending Champions New Zealand look set to claim their fourth consecutive title.
Semi-final fixtures are as follow:
Semi- Finals – 22 June
England vs France @ 18h00
New Zealand vs Australia @ 20h10
5th Place Semi-Finals – 22 June
Wales vs Fiji @ 18h00
South Africa vs Ireland @ 20h10
9th Place Semi-Finals – 22 June
Scotland vs Tonga @ 18h00
Argentina vs Italy @ 20h10