South Africa Under 20s v Samoa Under 20s Live

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Saturday 6th June 16:30 GMT


South Africa U20s, who left New Zealand devastated last year, when after beating the hosts in both the Pool stage and semi-final, they went down to the reigning Champions England in a thrilling final by 20-21. However, they have begun their attempt to reclaim the title that they last won in 2012, when it was held in their own country, with an efficient, rather than spectacular win over the host nation Italy, by 33-5. Scoring five tries to ensure that they claimed what might prove to be a vital bonus point come the final rankings.

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Saturday's opponents at the Stadio XXV Aprile in Parma, Samoa Under 20s, gave a good account of themselves against Australia in their opening Pool B fixture, without ever threatening to cause an upset. The 22-34 result, was however, an improvement on the scoreline at the recent Oceania U20 tournament, when the Australians were victorious by 33-10. The two sides met at the same stage in 2014 in New Zealand, when a match played in atrocious weather conditions was eventually won by the Junior Boks by 21-8, in what was a typical physical encounter when the Samoans are involved.

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While the Samoans will play with their usual passionate approach on Saturday, the South Africa Under 20s will not also have to contend with the passion of a fired up home crowd as the did in their opener, and if they can subdue the Islanders at the breakdown, they should win comfortably enough.

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Posted: 6th June 2015

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