Baby Boks crash out of Junior World Champs

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The South African u/20 side also known as the Baby Boks have crashed out of the 2011 IRB Junior World Champs in Italy after  they lost 26-20 to England in their final pool stage match.

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

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