Junior Boks zoom in on set-pieces

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:52
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Junior Springboks resumed their preparations for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship after a well-deserved break, with the training squad gathering in Stellenbosch for their third training camp on Tuesday.

Junior Springboks coach Chean Roux said this camp would be vital in terms of fine-tuning their structures and getting the players ready mentally and physically for the international spectacle.

The camp will run until May 18.

The Junior Springboks switched back into training mode on Tuesday with a gym session and will return to full training on Wednesday with an eye on preparing for their warm-up match against the Varsity Cup Dream Team at the Danie Craven Stadium at 19.00 (17.00 GMT) on Monday, April 25.

"The time off was good for the players because it allowed them to switch off and return to camp fresh and ready to work hard," said Roux.

"One could see the energy among the players as they arrived in Stellenbosch this morning, so we are excited to get back onto the field and resume our preparations.

"We made good progress as a group at the first two camps, both at training and in our warm-up games, and I believe everyone now knows what is expected of them with six weeks left before our opening match at the U20 Championship against France,"

Roux said while they would zone in on all the areas of their game in the next few weeks, the set pieces would receive significant attention after having had limited time to work on that aspect of their game up to now.

"I thought we did well in the set pieces in the matches against the Griffons, Griquas and Cheetahs at our second camp even though we did not have much time to focus on our set pieces," said Roux.

"We will, however, have the chance to do so at this camp.

"That said, we need to be as well prepared as possible in all areas of our game to compete against the best teams in the world in Georgia, and we plan to leave no stone unturned to achieve that,"

Roux will name the final 28-man squad to travel to Georgia in the first week of May.

The Stellenbosch camp will be followed by the U20 Championship holding camp in Stellenbosch from May 21, with the team set to depart for Georgia on May 25.

The SA U20 will face France, Georgia and Argentina in the pool stages of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 31, June 4 and June 8,  respectively.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 0 0 0 0 0
Australia U20 0 0 0 0 0
Wales U20 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa U20 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand U20 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland U20 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland U20 0 0 0 0 0
Italy U20 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa U20 0 0 0 0 0
France U20 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina U20 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia U20 0 0 0 0 0