In the opening game of the three match series South Africa Under 20’s cruised to a 51-19 victory. A dominant attacking display was too much for the Argentine Under 20’s who conceded seven tries in a demoralising defeat.
Nineteen minutes into the game heavy South African pressure finally made inroads as the Argentine defence switched off and let Baby Boks centre Pat Howard over the try line in the corner, Jantjies converted from the touchline. A spirited 8 minutes from the Pumitas earned them two tries and a conversion, between these tries, Jantjies snatched a penalty leaving the score at 12-10 to the pumitas. Just before the break South African No.8 Booysen bulldozed his way over the line for an unconverted score.
At half time you could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be a tight game after South Africa went in just 15-12 up at the break. This ferocious encounter had plenty of bite left in it though.
Just 3 minutes into the second half the Pumita’s received their first yellow card a minute later Jantjies slotted another penalty to increase the lead to 6 points.
In the 53rd and 57th minute Schmidt and Serfontein crossed over for tries, with only the latter being converted the score stood at 30-12 with less than an hour on the clock.
On the hour mark the Argentines were dealt another blow with Cruz receiving a red card. South Africa immediately went on the offensive again and after a 25 meter rolling maul Marzauk Maarman touched down over the try line. Despite this there was still a little bit of fight left in the Pumita’s as centre Brex Ignacio crossed over in the 67th minute leaving the score at 37-19.
Griesel personally put the final nails in the coffin by bagging himself two tries in the last three minutes, Jantjies duly added the extras from out wide taking his tally to 16 points for the day.
A feisty encounter which ended in a crushing defeat for Argentina. A pretty big statement put out by the Baby Bok’s maybe even a sign of what is to come in the next few years from South Africa.