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5 Jun 2014
2:47 pm

Kriel twins in junior Boks starting line-up against NZ

Powerfully built twins Jesse and Dan Kriel will play alongside each other and patrol the midfield for the Junior Springboks against New Zealand under-20 on Friday at the IRB Junior World Championship match in Auckland.

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Kick-off time is 9.35am SA time.

The brothers were confirmed as the centre combination when Junior Boks coach, Dawie Theron, named his starting line-up team to face the young New Zealanders in this vital Pool C match at Junior World Championship.

Injury to four players had forced Theron to reshuffle his match-23 after the Junior Boks scored a convincing 61-3 win over Scotland on Monday.

Midfielders Rohan Janse van Rensburg (ankle), Andre Esterhuizen (head blow) and flank Jacques Vermeulen (ankle) were all ruled out of selection because of injuries sustained against the Scots.

On Thursday, Golden Lions hooker Malcolm Marx was also ruled out of action for several weeks after he had suffered a knee injury during Wednesday’s evening training session.

Dan Kriel would now wear the number 12 jersey as stand-in for the powerfully built Esterhuizen. In the only other change among the backs, Blue Bulls scrumhalf JP Smith would come in off the bench for Zee Mkhabela who was now one of the replacements.

Replacement wing Duhan van der Merwe, who joined the squad on Wednesday from South Africa, was among the reserves.

Theron opted for a completely revised front which would now consist of Thomas du Toit, Corniel Els, Dayan van der Westhuizen (props) and Corniel Els (hooker). Towering lock JD Schickerling got given the nod over Abongile Nonkontwana while Jean-Luc du Preez would come in at number-6 flank for Vermeulen.

Flyhalf Handré Pollard, who had a sublime match against Scotland, would again lead the Junior Springboks in what was undoubtedly the pick of match day two.

According to Theron, his team was aware of the significance of this vital pool match against New Zealand.

“It is a real pity to have lost four players because of injuries. We had two very good training sessions on Wednesday and the boys know we are in for an extremely tough encounter against New Zealand,” said Theron.

Commenting on the possible impact of the changes, Theron said: “The players have been training together for a while now and know our system. This is a very talented group of players who have worked extremely hard to be here.”

The South Africans would complete their Pool C fixtures on June 10 against Samoa.

The Junior Springbok team: Warrick Gelant, Lloyd Greeff, Jesse Kriel, Dan Kriel, Sergeal Petersen, Handré Pollard (captain), JP Smith, Aidon Davis, Cyle Brink, Jean-Luc du Preez, Nico Janse van Rensburg, JD Schickerling, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Corniel Els, Thomas du Toit.

Replacements: Joseph Dweba, Pierre Schoeman, Wilco Louw, Abongile Nonkontwana, Victor Sekekete, Zee Mkhabela, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Duhan van der Merwe.