South African schoolboy prodigy brought back down to earth in spectacular style by New Zealand young bucks
By Rugby Onslaught

South African schoolboy prodigy brought back down to earth in spectacular style by New Zealand young bucks

There is a lot of hype around Sharks and Paul Roos centre Jurenzo Julius centre at the moment, with many people viewing him as a Springbok in the making.

But the teenager, who has been nicknamed ‘The Boogie Man’, was given a rude awakening recently when his Sharks side faced New Zealand under-19s. However, his Sharks side were not the only ones.

For those that are not aware of Julius, he was recently signed by the Sharks after demolishing every schoolboy he came up against. In fact, he even went viral earlier this year when he picked up and drove his opposite man back about 15 metres in a tackle (0:33 in the video). Take a look at some of his highlights:


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New Zealand reigned supreme in their South Africa series though, where they faced Western Province, the Sharks, the Leopards and the Lions. After beating Western Province 86-0 in their first match of the series, they came up against Julius’ Sharks a few days later at Kings Park. However, despite a promising start, the Sharks were swept aside as well 54-13. Julius did come close to scoring though, but fumbled the ball over the line in the first half.

New Zealand went on to win their next match against the Leopards 42-31 before finishing their series with a 42-10 win against the Lions.

Take a look at the match highlights:

New Zealand Squad

Ajay Faleafaga – Otago
Ale Aho – Auckland
Andrew Smith – Waikato
Bradley Crichton – Wellington
Byron Smith – Auckland
Cody Nordstrom – Waikato
Cooper Flanders – Hawke’s Bay
Dylan Irvine – Tasman
Epeli Waqaicece – Manawatū
Essendon Tuitupou – Auckland
Finn Hurley – Otago
Gabe Robinson – Waikato
Hunter Morrison – Manawatū
Isaac Hutchinson – Canterbury
Jack Taylor – Southland
Jordi Viljoen – Manawatu
Keran van Staden – Counties Manukau
Leo Gordon – Auckland
Mefi Poseti Tupou – Hawke’s Bay
Nic Shearer – Canterbury
Riley Williams – Auckland
Rory Woods – Northland
Sam Hainsworth-Fa’aofo – Auckland
Semisi Tupou Ta’eiloa – Otago
Siale Lauaki – Wellington
Tahlor Cahill – Canterbury
Taine Kolose – Bay of Plenty
Toby Taylor – Bay of Plenty
Torian Barnes – Canterbury
Will Stodart – Otago