Five changes for Junior Boks

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iol spt june11 Theron Dawie Gallo Images Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron made five changes to his starting team for their crucial pool B clash against England.

Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron made five changes to his starting team for their crucial pool B clash against England at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday evening.

With Ireland also still in the hunt, the result of this clash could determine the group winner and subsequent semi-finalist of this pool in the IRB Junior World Championship 2012.

Theron recalled fullback Dillyn Leyds and wings, Paul Jordaan and Pat Howard, to his backline.

Shaun Adendorff and Fabian Booysen were selected among the loose trio, while Theron's midfield and tight-five from the convincing victory over Italy have remained intact.

Wiaan Liebenberg will again lead the side from the side of the scrum.

“We have all of our current squad fit and ready to play, so I could pick a team I believe can take us past England and into the final four of the competition,” said Theron.

“We've recovered well from the Italy match, but realise that England will be a different opponent, both physically and mentally.”

With both teams needing a bonus point and a win to edge out Ireland, Theron is expecting an all action affair at the fast surface of the Cape Town Stadium.

“We need to score tries and try and get the bonus point and England will have to do the same,” he said.

“So one expects a match with two positive sides playing attacking rugby.

“This means that we will have to attack well but defend even better, as England have shown that they are a team that can score tries.”

Liebenberg also expected no favours from their opponents.

“They can spoil our party but this will be a very determined and motivated Junior Bok team that will take the field,” the captain said.

“We have everything to lose, so defeat is not an option for us.

“We gained good momentum from the win against Italy and now need to use that to get past England.”

SA TEAM

Dillyn Leyds, Paul Jordaan, William Small-Smith, Jan Serfontein, Pat Howard, Handrè Pollard, Vian van der Watt, Fabian Booysen, Wiaan Liebenberg, Shaun Adendorff, Ruan Botha, Paul Willemse, Oliver Kebble, Jason Thomas, Steven Kitshoff. Reserves:

Mark Pretorius, Allan Dell, Pieter Steph du Toit, Braam Steyn, Abrie Griesel, Tony Jantjies, Tshotsho Mbovane, Maks van Dyk. – Sapa


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