CAPE TOWN – The Junior Springboks left Argentina with more than just a bronze medal, according to coach Chean Roux.
The South Africans secured a 41-16 victory over the hosts in the third-place play-off of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Rosario on Saturday.
The Baby Boks were the only team to go into the semi-finals undefeated, but a poor showing against France ended their hopes of playing in their first final since 2014. While first place was of course the goal, Roux lauded his team’s overall performance, and added that the three weeks they spent in Argentina also showed positive signs in terms of player development.
Scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse, lock JJ van der Mescht and loose forward Dylan Richardson were three of the standouts at the international spectacle, with Hendrikse being nominated for the Breakthrough Player of the Tournament accolade.
“From a player development point of view, however, several players put up their hands and took big strides forward in the last few months, so we will keep an eye on them,” Roux said.