Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux was bitterly disappointed on Monday as his team went down 20-7 against France in the World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final at the Racecourse Stadium in Rosario, which dashed their hopes of advancing to the final for the first time since 2014.
The Junior Springboks will meet Argentina in the third and fourth place-playoff on Saturday, after Australia defeated the hosts 34-13 in the other semi-final.
The first half proved to be a hard grind as both teams kept things close following heavy rains in Rosario since early in the morning. France took a 14-7 halftime lead thanks to three penalty goals by flyhalf Louis Carbonel and a try, to a converted try by the SAU20’s, with Carbonel adding two more in the second half, which steered the French to a 20-7 victory.
“We were beaten by the better side” said Roux. “I don’t think we pitched up mentally for this game and we made some silly mistakes. You need a little bit of luck as well.
“So there are no excuses, we were simply beaten by the better side today.”
With the bronze playoff left in the competition, Roux said: “We’ve been there in the past, but that is not what we came for.
“We have a couple of injuries, so we will see who is fit to play the next game and we will take it from there.”