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THE BABY Boks would have spent little time celebrating their win over Italy on Friday night, taking into consideration tomorrow night’s crucial encounter.
They may have thumped the Pool B bottom feeders 52-3 at the University of the Western Cape on Friday, but their next clash, against table-topping England tomorrow night, promises to be a far tougher proposition.
In addition to this, a win is compulsory for the Baby Boks if they wish to keep alive their prospects of guaranteeing their play-off berth.
So, on those grounds, this clash will certainly not be the run-over witnessed at a cold and wet UWC over the weekend.
Second to the Baby Blacks (New Zealand), England have produced the best record since the Cup’s inception, with three runner-up positions and a semi-final slot in the last four years.
Judging by their recent performances, England have not steered away from their reputation as JWC specialists following a convincing 64-5 win over Italy in round one, trailered by an impressive hard-fought 20-15 win over Ireland – the same team who outmuscled and outsmarted the Baby Boks in their opening match of the tournament.
Prior to that unexpected loss against the Irish, reliable sources close the SA camp confirmed tomorrow night’s clash to be the crucial test for coach Dawie Theron’s troops, suggesting that the Baby Boks started preparation well in advance for this colossal encounter.
l Owing to adverse pitch conditions, all matches scheduled for the Danie Craven Stadium now shift to Cape Town Stadium.