PREVIEW: NZ Under-20s v South Africa U-20s

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Match Details: New Zealand U-20s v South Africa U-20s, Racecourse Stadium, Rosario, 6.30am (NZT) Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Live on Spark Sport.

QUICK TAP: NZ U20S READY FOR KEY CHALLENGE
Played: 6
Won: New Zealand U-20s 1, South Africa U-20s 5
Last time: New Zealand U-20s 30-40 South Africa U-20s (3rd and 4th), Stade de la Mediteranee, Beziers

FORM

New Zealand opened its campaign with a 45-13 win over Georgia and followed that with a 52-33 win over Scotland. South Africa beat Scotland 43-19 and Georgia 48-20 which has given South Africa a slight points differential advantage.

INCENTIVE HIGH

New Zealand's Under-20s are well aware of the lack of success in recent years against their South African rivals and they had every incentive to prepare well. Several changes have been made to the team which beat Scotland . Coach Craig Philpott said: "We have made a number of changes ahead of this match and there is a real send of excitement in the group about going out and putting in a strong performance." Part of the interest in the tournament has been the tactical options provide by use of the extended bench. "We are able to react to how the game is developing to make sure the players we bring on are in a position to make a real impact."

SA DEFENCE CRUCIAL

Three changes have been made to the South African side with lock Elrigh Louw, flanker Sibusiso Sangweni and wing Thaakir Abrahams to play their first games of the tournament. Coach Chean Roux said: "We had a look at the opposition and made a few changes. It is important to give players a rest, but also to keep the players on form in the team so that we have consistency. It is going to be a tough game. They like to keep the ball in hand and they have exciting runners, so it will be the same as facing any typical New Zealand team. We need to be up for it and be ready for them. Hopefully, our defence will be up to the task to put them under pressure."

THE SCOOP

New Zealand's Under-20s have only beaten South Africa U-20s once at the tournament, that was a 36-7 win in a semifinal in 2010.

FAST FACT

South Africa's Under-20s beat New Zealand in the final of the 2012 tournament 22-16 at Newlands beat them in semifinals in 2013 (34-41) and in Albany in 2014 (24-33) after having beaten them in pool play eralier 33-24. In 2018 the sides played off for third and fourth in Beziers with South Africa winning 40-30.

TEAMS:

New Zealand Under-20s: 1.Ollie Norries, 2.Kianu Kereru-Symes (captain), 3.Fletcher Newell, 4.Cullen Grace, 5.Tupou Vaa'I, 6.Samipeni Finau, 7.Kohan Herbert, 8.Devan Flanders, 9.Leroy Carter, 10.Fergus Burke, 11.Leicester Faingaanuku, 12.Dallas McLeod, 13.Billy Proctor, 14.Etene Nanai-Seturo, 15.Cole Forbes.

Substitutes: 16.Shilo Klein, 17.George Dyer, 18.Tamaiti Williams, 19.Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, 20.Taine Plumtree, 21.Kaylum Boshier, 22.Jeriah Mua, 23.Simon Parker, 24.Taufa Funaki, 25.Rivez Reihana, 26.Lalomilo Lalomilo, 27.Quinn Tupaea, 28.Scott Gregory.

South Africa Under-20s: 1.Dian Bleuler, 2.Fezokuhle Mbatha, 3.Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 4.JJ van der Mescht, 5.Elrigh Louw, 6.Dylan Richardson, 7.Sibusiso Sangweni, 8.Phendulani Buthelezi (captain), 9.Jaden Hendrikse, 10.James Millentze, 11.Thaakir Abrahams, 12.Rikus Pretorius, 13.Marnus Potgieter, 14.Angelo Davids, 15.Vaughan Isaacs.

Substutites: 16.Dameon Venter, 17.Kudzwai Bube, 18.Keegan Glade, 19.Thabison Mdletshe, 20.Jaco Labuschagne, 21.Celimpilo Gumede, 22.Zwelendaba Mnombo, 23.Sanele Nohamba, 24.Janko Swanepoel, 25.Emile van Heerden, 26.Caleb Dingaan, 27.David Coetzer, 28.David Kriel.

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