Sevens

Blitzbokke bounce back

2013-03-30 11:43
Cecil Afrika (Gallo Images)
Tokyo - South Africa shrugged off a 29-12 loss against Hong Kong champions Fiji to register pool victories over Spain and Portugal at the Tokyo Sevens rugby tournament on Saturday morning.

The two wins enabled the Springbok Sevens to secure a Cup quarterfinal clash with Samoa early on Sunday (live on SuperSport) after they clinched second spot in Pool A.

The Japanese tournament is round seven of the HSBC Sevens World Series, which consists of nine events worldwide.

Although South Africa managed to advance, coach Paul Treu was not entirely happy with their performances on the first day.

“In our first game we had lots of opportunities against Fiji and we didn’t take them. You won’t win games if you do not take your chances and it was the same against Portugal, despite the win. We did a bit better against Spain, but we must be more consistent,” said Treu.

Cecil Afrika and Steven Hunt were the try scorers against Fiji, who overturned a 0-5 deficit in the first to defeat South Africa 29-12. Hunt scored the opening try of the match and Afrika, sent on in the second half as a replacement, showed glimpses of his attacking qualities to score in his first match back from his injury lay-off.

Captain Frankie Horne and Cornal Hendricks were the try scorers for South Africa against the industrious Portugal who made the Springbok Sevens worked hard for their victory.

South Africa then needed to win their final pool match against Spain to confirm their progress to the Cup quarterfinals.

Blitzbokke wing Cornal Hendricks scored his 29th try of the season while Branco du Preez contributed 18 points in a comprehensive 42-5 win for Treu’s team. The Springbok Sevens scored six tries overall, with Hendricks, Du Preez (2), Hunt (2) and Seabelo Senatla all crossing over.

South Africa are currently fourth on the World Series standings behind New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa.

The South Africa squad in Tokyo:

1. Chris Dry
2. Philip Snyman
3. Frankie Horne (captain)
4. Jamba Ulengo
5. Cornal Hendricks
6. Tshotsho Mbovane
7. Branco du Preez
8. Stephan Dippenaar
9. Cecil Afrika
10. Justin Geduld
11. Seabelo Senatla
12. Steven Hunt

The HSBC Sevens World Series standings after six rounds:

1.    New Zealand 113
2.    Fiji 88
3.    Samoa 84
4.    South Africa 78
5.    Kenya 72

Results from the Tokyo Sevens rugby tournament on Saturday, the seventh leg of the nine-round World Sevens Series:


Pool A

Fiji 29 South Africa 12
Spain 17 Portugal 14
Fiji 17 Spain 5
South Africa 12 Portugal 0
South Africa 42 Spain 7
Fiji 34 Portugal 7

Pool B

USA 24 Wales 22
Scotland 12 Kenya 0
Scotland 12 Wales 10
Kenya 21 USA 10
USA 12 Scotland 12
Wales 33 Kenya 15

Pool C

New Zealand 26 France 7
Japan 14 Canada 10
New Zealand 41 Japan 5
Canada 22 France 19
France 24 Japan 7
New Zealand 22 Canada 12

Pool D

Australia 26 England 19
Samoa 17 Argentina 14
Australia 31 Argentina 0
Samoa 31 England 21
England 31 Argentina 7
Samoa 26 Australia 14

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