U20 Rugby World Cup

South Africa 59 v 19 Japan (Pool C Match)

The U20 Rugby World Cup arrived in Manchester this week with matches being played at Manchester City Academy Stadium and the AJ Stadium in Trafford.  The opening game at the Academy Stadium was South Africa against Japan in Pool C.


The match was a classic game of two halves, it was South Africa that took the lead on just five minutes, when Zain Davids scored the first try of the game on nine minutes and Curwin Bosch added the conversion to make it 7-0 to South Africa.

Japan hit straight back on nineteen minutes as Ataata Moeakiola went over for a try and Taisetsu Kanai scored the conversion to make the score 7-7.  Just four minutes later Japan took the lead, when Moeakiola scored a second try and Kanai scored a second conversion to make the score 7-14, after South Africa’s S’Busiso Nkosi was yellow carded.


Japan then shocked the whole stadium five minutes later when they extended their lead even further as Ataata Moeakiola added a third try, however Taisetsu Kanai missed the conversation to leave the score at 7-19.

South Africa finished the half on top when they scored a try just four minutes before half time as JT Jackson went over the line, Curwin Bosch added Africa’s second conversion to make the half-time score 14-19.

During the break the South Africian coach Theron David Francois must have given the team some home truths, because in the second half it was like watching a different side. After just one minute the Africian’s scored another try from Jeremy Ward and Curwin Bosch added the conversation to make the score 21-19.


On forty four minutes, Zain Davids scored his second try before Curwin Bosch added the conversion to make the score 28-19. South Africa were now well on top and they added another try four minutes later, when Jeremy Ward scored his second and Bosch easily convered to make the score 35-19.

Curwin Bosch then scored a penatly on fifty five minutes to increase the lead to 38-19, before Manie Libbok added another try on sixty six minutes and Bosch scored another conversions to make the score 45-19.


South Africa turned up the heat with ten minutes to go, with some excellent tackling and some fantasic attacking play.  Mosolwa Mafuma added a another try on seventy minutes and Bosch added yet another conversions to make the score 52-19.

The final South Africa try came on eighty minutes from Carlu Sadie and once again Curwin Bosch added his final conversion to make the full time score 59-19.

Match Details

South Africa – Blose, Balekile, Holtzhausen, Wiese, Snyman, Davids, Van Rhyn, Hall, Sipato Pokomela, Libbok, Mafuma, Jackson, Ward, Nkosi, Bosch (Subs) Campher, Sadie, Van Den Berg, De Villiers, Hill, Papier, Naude, Vers.

Tries – Jackson, Davids (2), Libbok, Mafuma, Sadie, Ward (2) Conversions – Bosch (8) Penalties – Bosch

Japan – Iwaihara, Takeuchi, Tashiro, Fujita, Akiyama, Makisi, Furukawa, Tatafu, Nakajima, Kanai, Yamamura, Maeda, Nagatomi, Moeakiola, Yasuda (Subs) K.Saito, Toma, Mano, Inoue, Kaneko, N.Saito, Watanabe, Takano.

Tries – Moeakiola (3)  Conversions – Kanal (2) Penalties – N/A

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