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Mngomezulu: “It’s an amazing feeling to stand here unbeaten after four games.”

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Junior Springboks captain, Sacha Mngomezulu said playing in the U20 Summer Series was a dream come true for him and his team.

This comes after the junior Springboks clinched the U20 Summer Series campaign on Tuesday night after thumping Wales 47-27 in the final in Treviso, Italy.

“We had a goal, three months before we came here, we worked really hard and to just see it materialize into a campaign win is just a dream come true for the boys and I think the coaches deserve it”, said Mngomezulu in his post-match interview (via SA Rugby).

The Baby Boks went into the clash in high spirits after finishing top of Pool A with convincing victories over England, Ireland, and France, respectively.

“It’s an amazing feeling to stand here unbeaten after four games. Not too long ago, we didn’t even play rugby, so credit to World Rugby and the Six Nations for staging this excellent tournament. They allowed the boys to create life-long memories,” added Mngomezulu.

Building up to the final against Wales, Junior Boks Coach Bafana Nhleko said his team would have to be “mentally recharged” and ready for the challenge, as it was one game that sought to test the Junior Boks in all aspects of play.

The Welsh side started the match like a house on fire, forcing the Junior Boks to defend in the game’s opening stages. It was, however, the South Africans who scored the first trie through Louw Nel, which was followed up by a conversion from the boot of Sacha Mngomezulu.

The Junior Boks grew in confidence and a further three tries saw them extend their lead to go into half-time with the score sitting at 26-3.

Wales began the second half brightly as they scored their first trie of the game with South Africa playing with 14 men due to a yellow card shown to Nel for dangerous play.

A late surge from the Welsh saw them score two unanswered tries, but that didn’t affect Nhleko’s troops as they added 21 points to their half-time score to seal the series in an emphatic fashion.

“The boys worked extremely hard, and they deserve this. Credit must also go to the coaches, who made us work hard and put in such a good effort for us to be ready”, added the skipper.

Mngomezulu was substituted in the 33rd minute with what looked to be an arm injury.
“These things happen, it’s part of the game. I think the wrist is a bit out, but I’m happy the team won. That puts a smile on my face”, he concluded.

Scorers:

Junior Boks: Tries- Louw Nel, Tiaan Lange (3), Suleiman Hartzenberg (2), Ethan James. Conversions: Sacha Mngomezulu (3), Donovan Don (3).

Wales: Tries- Mason Grady, Joe Westwood, Ethan Fackrell, Cameron Jones. Conversions: Joe Hawkins (2). Penalty goal: Hawkins.

Avuyile Sawula
Avuyile Sawula
Avuyile Sawula is a young passion-driven Sports Writer and Blogger. I am also an aspiring sports commentator and broadcaster looking to use my knowledge, skills and insights both digitally and on mainstream media. I have worked as a news writer for various news organizations covering both hard and soft news. My reporting beats include Rugby (Internationally and locally), Formula 1 and Cricket (both men and women's cricket.) However, I don't restrict myself to those only as I always try to cover other interesting beats within the sports fraternity.

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