It was recovery day for the Junior Springboks on Sunday following their second match at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, a very physical encounter against Samoa on Saturday evening in Parma.
The young South Africans delivered a powerful display to out-muscle Samoa by 40-8 in hot summer conditions in the Stadio San Michele in Parma. The victory enabled the Junior Boks to register their second bonus-point win in as many outings so far at the tournament.
Hanro Liebenberg and his team mates will now turn their attention to their final Pool C match on Wednesday against Australia in Calvisano. The match pool-decider will start at 20h30 and SuperSport will broadcast the encounter live from Italy.
On Sunday the Junior Springbok team doctor, Dr Jerome Mampane, confirmed there were no injuries of note reported after the physical battle with Samoa.
He explains: “As a result of the physical nature of the game it means that there are a lot of sore bodies this morning. A couple of bumps and bruises were reported but thankfully we have no time-loss injuries. During the next day or so we will focus heavily on the recovery process so that we get the players ready for our next match on Wednesday,” said Dr Mampane.
South Africa (Pool B), England (Pool A) and New Zealand (Pool C) are the log leaders in their respective groups after two matches. All collected the maximum 10 points on offer so far.
The pool winners plus the best-placed second team across the three groups qualify for the semi-finals on June 15.
The remaining pool fixtures on Wednesday 10 June are:
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, Viadana
16h30 England vs France (Pool A)
18h30 Wales vs Japan (Pool A
20h30 New Zealand vs Ireland (Pool C)
Peroni Stadium, Calvisano
16h30 Argentina vs Scotland (Pool C)
18h30 Samoa vs Italy (Pool B)
20h30 South Africa vs Australia (Pool B)