Junior Boks kick off their UK tour on winning note

Sihle Njezula runs over for one of his tries Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Chean Roux was pleased with his team's start to their UK tour after the Junior Springboks beat Scotland 41-3 at the Murrayfield B field in Edinburgh on Friday.

The Junior Boks attacked with aplomb throughout, with hooker Dan Jooste and winger Sihle Njezula each scoring two. While the most of the headlines will go to the South Africans' attack, their defensive lines were excellent for the most part, as Scotland were limited to a single first-half penalty.

Jooste touched down twice from rolling mauls, with his first try being in the seventh minute, and his second in the 28th minute, while Njezula scored his first as the Boks went into halftime 17-3 up.

In the second half Scotland tried to keep the ball in the forwards for the most part, but their driving malls were only successful on occasion.

Meanwhile, Njezula found space out wide again before winger Tyrone Green followed with another try to push the team 29-3 ahead.

Prop Asenathi Ntlabakanye powered his way over the tryline from a pick-and-go following a dominant scrum, and the Boks were awarded a late penalty try after more pressure in the set piece in an attacking position.

"I think the team played really well," Roux told the media after the match.

"We have been working on our collisions and on being physical, and we dominated in those aspects of the game.

"For the guys to play so well in the cold and windy conditions only a few days after arriving in Scotland is a pleasing result.

"I thought it went really well in the scrums, and I think we only lost one or two lineouts, so overall it was a great start to the tour."

South Africa will face Wales in Cardiff in their next match on Tuesday and then England in London on Friday.


Junior Springboks 41 (17) - Tries: Daniel Jooste (2), Sihle Njezula (2), Tyrone Green, Asenathi Ntlabakanye, Penalty Try. Conversions: Gianni Lombard (2), Penalty Conversion.

Scotland 3 (3) - Penalty Goal: Cullum McLelland.