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TRC U20 RD#3: South Africa vs Argentina Team News
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TRC U20 RD#3: South Africa vs Argentina Team News

South Africa and Argentina name their teams for round 2 of TRC U20.

Zachary Porthen resumes the captaincy of a reshuffled Junior Springboks starting line-up for Sunday’s final Under-20 Rugby Championship match against Argentina at the Sunshine Coast Stadium in Bokarina on Australia’s east coast of Queensland.

Porthen did not feature for the previous meeting with Australia due to a hand injury, but he is back in the starting line-up and leads a Junior Bok team that shows a number of changes for their third and final match of the new Sanzaar competition.

Only four players in the starting XI will play in the same positions as against Australia – JF van Heerde (lock), who captained the SA U20s against Australia, Tiaan Jacobs (No. 8), Litelihle Bester (left wing) and Jurenzo Julius (outside center ).

Three players will start again, but in different positions: Bathobele Hlekani (flanker/lock), as well as Josh Boulle and Phillip Albert van Niekerk (utility backs).

Among the attackers is a renewed front row, consisting of props Ruan Swart and Porthen and hooker Juan Smal. Van Heerde forms the tweaked final combination with Thomas Dyer, while Hlanki, Sibabalwe Mahashe (flankers) and Jacobs (no. 8) form the loose trio.

In the reshuffled back line, Bruce Sherwood moves from his regular midfield position to wing-back, Joel Leotlela replaces Boulle on the right wing, while Boulle shifts to the inside of the centre. Van Niekerk moves from inside center to flyhalf and the scrumhalf jersey is handed to Ezekiel Ngobeni, with Asad Moos now playing off the bench.

Liyema Ntshanga, Casper Badenhorst (leader) and JC Mars (utility back) remained on the substitute bench, while Adam de Waal and Michail Damon were ineligible for selection due to injuries.

Junior Bok head coach Bafana Nhleko said the team wants to show an improvement in their performance and play to their potential, which was not the case in the draw against New Zealand and the defeat against Australia.

“We all realize that the quality of play in the previous two matches was not up to our standards and it is the small margins that continue to hurt us,” Nhleko said.

“Growth is about applying the lessons learned and I hope we can demonstrate the capabilities we have within the group.”

According to the SA U20 coach, his team is looking to shake off the frustrating inconsistency and error rate: “So far we have failed to string together key passages of play to get rewards, which has reduced the pressure on the opposition and left us We did not manage the game well, even though we took the lead in both games.

“Despite these shortcomings, we still managed to keep ourselves in contention until the end of both matches, which proves our fighting spirit and some of our ability.

“We have worked hard to correct these points and have prepared well. Now the players have to go out and show what they can do. Argentina demonstrated their capabilities against Australia, especially in the set, and they, like us, would want to bounce back from their disappointment against New Zealand, so we must show the right attitude to take on that challenge,” Nhleko added.

Junior Springbok team vs Argentina:

15 Bruce Sherwood

14 Joel Leotlela

13 Jurenzo Julius (vice-captain)

12 Joshua Boulle

11 Litelihle Bester

10 Philip-Albert van Niekerk

9 Ezekiel Ngobeni

8 Tiaan Jacobs

7 Bathobele Hlekani

6 Sibabalwe Mahashe

5 JF van Herden (vice-captain)

4 Thomas Dyer

3 Zachary Porthen (captain)

2 Juan Smal

1 Ruan Swart

Replacements: 16Ethan Bester, 17 Liyema Ntshanga, 18 Casper Badenhorst, 19 Thabang Mphafi, 20 Divan Voller, 21 Asad Moos, Thurlon Williams 22, 23 JC Mars

The unprecedented Rugby Championship is entering its final round, but it is the beginning of a profitable path for Los Pumitas, which, apart from the results against the youth teams of major powers in the Southern Hemisphere, will have a more than positive balance in terms of the player development and international contact. faces a new edition of the world championship in the category (it will be played from June 29 to July 19 in South Africa). The national team closes the competition on Sunday, May 12 at 00:30 in our country (as soon as this Sunday starts) against South Africa.

In terms of competition, Argentina is in second place with five points with a win over Australia (25-6) and a defeat against New Zealand (20-43). To clinch the title of this first edition of the competition, Los Pumitas will have to beat South Africa and hope that New Zealand does not do the same against the Australian youth team. Dan Waenga (New Zealand) will referee Los Pumitas’ match against the Junior Springboks, while Argentinian Nehuén Jauri Rivero will referee the match between Australia and New Zealand.

Galo Álvarez Quiñones, one of Argentina’s coaches, described the main points of the week’s work to reach the last match of the tournament in the best way. “The team arrives very well, with a very good frame of mind and a lot of confidence. They are very clear about their strengths and solid foundations for the match, and have also worked on the problems to improve after the match against New Zealand. We have the whole team available to play, eager to be competitive and win. Let’s hope everything goes as planned.”

For the match against the Junior Springboks, Álvaro Galindo made ten changes and one position rotation to the starting line-up and seven changes to the substitute bench. Among the starters are the appearance of Diego Correa, Juan Greising Revol, who will make his debut with the team in the competition, Tomás Rapetti, Álvaro García Iandolino, Juan Penoucos, Santos Fernández de Oliveira, Ignacio Torrado, Facundo Rodríguez, Franco Rossetto . away and Faustino Sánchez Valarolo. Similarly, Timoteo Silva will switch from the right. As for the substitutes, the Teqüe Rugby Club player, Jerónimo Llorens, appears to be a novelty, which will be his first appearance under 23. The only ones who keep their places among the starting 15 are Efraín Elías, Tomás Di Biase, Tomás Medina, Timoteo Silva (goes from 14) and Benjamín Elizalde

Los Pumitas squad vs Junior Springbok:

1. CORREA, Diego (Club Atlético Estudiantes),
2. GREISING REVOL, Juan (La Tablada)
3. RAPETTI, Tomás (alumni)
4. ELÍAS, Efraín – Captain (Jockey Club of Córdoba)
5. GARCÍA IANDOLINO, Álvaro (Los Tordos)
6. PENOUCOS, Juan (Belgrano Athletic)
7. FERNÁNDEZ DE OLIVEIRA, Santos (SIC)
8. TORRADO, Ignacio (ALMOST)
9. DI BIASE, Tomás (Deportiva Francaise)
10. RODRÍGUEZ, Facundo (Jockey Club of Córdoba)
11. ROSSETTO, Franco (Club Atlético Estudiantes)
12. MEDINA, Tomás (cardinals)
13. SÁNCHEZ VALAROLO, Faustino (Palermo Bajo)
14. SILVA, Timotheus (SIC)
15. ELIZALDE , Benjamin (Deportiva Francesa / Tigres RC)

Replacements: 16. VIVAS , Juan Manuel (Los Tordos), 17. GARGALLO BAZÁN , Gonzalo (Córdoba Athletic), 18. GALVÁN , Gael (Pucará), 19. ASEVEDO , Luciano (Liceo RC), 20. BERNASCONI , Juan Pedro ( La Plata RC), 21. LLORENS , Jerónimo (Teqüe RC), 22. DI LUCCA , Santino (La Plata RC), 23. BOCCO , Tomás (Córdoba Athletic)