Hobbs set for “big test” against Baby Boks

Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi scored against Ireland © Getty Images

Academy News Hobbs set for “big test” against Baby Boks

Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi says that England will face a “big test” in this Friday’s Junior World Championships final against South Africa.

The Northampton-born Saints Senior Academy prop is in line for his second Junior World Championships (JWC) final after having scored in Sunday’s semi-final win over Ireland.

It was a spectacular success for England, who raced out to a 34-3 half-time lead. It was also a good 40 minutes for the Saints pair who started the game. Howard Packman scored an eye-catching try that showcased his pace, awareness and footwork on the left wing, while Hobbs-Awoyemi came onto a ball at pace to crash over from close range.

The prop also set up the position for England’s fourth try with a delicate grubber kick that put Ireland on the defensive, so it was no surprise that he was all smiles after the game.

“We were pleased with how the game went – particularly in the first half,” he said. “We obviously played Ireland in the Six Nations at Franklin's Gardens so we knew that they would be physical and front up, but we started quickly and didn’t really look back.

“I was pleased to get over for my try – it came after a nice break from Paul Hill and I was in the right place. It was also good to see Howard go over for his first try of the JWC.”

After having played their pool matches and semi-final in Auckland’s outskirts, England will head to Eden Park – venue of the 2011 Rugby World Cup final – for their own showpiece occasion against South Africa.

It will be a big match against some big opponents, who physically dominated hosts New Zealand both in their pool match and in the second semi-final on Sunday. But with England going into the game as the reigning JWC champions Hobbs-Awoyemi believes that the Baby Boks can be overcome, adding: “The aim now is to rest up and switch our focus to South Africa on Friday.

“It’ll be a big test, but one we’re ready for.”

Friday’s JWC final will be shown live on Sky Sports, with coverage from 8am.

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