The SA Under-18s secured their second win in the 2010 SARU Under-18 High Performance programme following their 27-16 victory over a Namibian XV at Outeniqua Park in George on Saturday.
The hosts fielded a new-look starting lineup after fifteen changes were made to the side that defeated the French U18s 25-5 in East London last Friday.
As a result the South Africans, who lead 14-6 at half time, struggled to build momentum during the first half. The SA Under-18s managed to score two tries thanks to the efforts of centre Patrick Howard and prop Tshepo Motale. Both tries were converted by flyhalf Marais Schmidt.
The South Africans were heavily penalised in the first half by referee Lusanda Jam for various infringements at the break-down. Namibia flyhalf Macho Prinsloo missed two penalty kicks in the first half, but managed to add two before the break to bridge the gap to 14-6.
The hosts also struggled at scrum time and were guilty of losing numerous lineout off their own throw-inns.
After the break, it was the Namibians who added the first points of the half when the hosts were penalised for offside play. Prinsloo added the penalty to steer the tourists to a 14-9 score line.
Schmidt though furthered the SA U18s’ lead to 17-9 thanks to a penalty kick after the Namibians were penalised for an infringement at the breakdown.
Free State Cheetahs U18 flyhalf Johan Goosen then stretched the hosts’ lead to 20-9 after he added his first penalty kick after the afternoon after replacing Schmidt at No10.
Goosen then added his name to the try-scorers sheet after brilliant interplay by centres Paul Jordaan and captain William Small-Smith (27-9).
The Namibians though were last to score. Seven minutes from time lock Barend van Rensburg crashed his way over the try line to score his side’s first five-pointer of the match. His try was converted by Prinsloo (27-16).
The SA Under-18s are now off to Port Elizabeth in preparation of their third and final game of their High Performance tour which is against the England U18s on Friday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium at 15h00.
SA Under-18s – Tries: Patrick Howard, Tsepo Motale, Johan Goosen; Conversions: Marais Schmidt (2), Goosen. Penalties: Schmidt, Goosen.
Namibia XV – Try: Barend van Rensburg; Conversion: Macho Prinsloo; Penalties: Prinsloo (3).