Blitzbokke claim bronze in PE

2012-12-09 19:25
Cheslin Kolbe (Gallo Images)
Port Elizabeth - The Blitzbokke finished their Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens campaign on a high after thrashing Argentina in the third place playoff match on Sunday.

The South Africans ran in five tries to crush the Pumas 35-0 (half-time 21-0) at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Cheslin Kolbe scored a hat-trick, while Philip Snyman and Cornal Hendricks also crossed the chalk, with Kolbe converting all five tries in a dominant display.

Earlier on Sunday, the SA Sevens side reached the Cup semi-finals after beating the United States 17-7, only to narrowly lose 12-5 to New Zealand in the semis.

New Zealand won the tournament when they thrashed France 47-12 in the final.

Results on Sunday from the Port Elizabeth Sevens, the third leg of the IRB world sevens series at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium:



South Africa
17, United States 7
New Zealand 35, Wales 5
France 10, Portugal 7
Argentina 15, Fiji 12


New Zealand 12, South Africa 5
France 10, Argentina 7 (after extra time)

Third place

South Africa 35, Argentina 0


New Zealand 47, France 12



Wales 26, United States 19
Fiji 26, Portugal 12


Wales 26, Fiji 14



Australia 24, Zimbabwe 14
Kenya 19, Scotland 17
Samoa 36, Canada 21
England 14, Spain 7


Australia 24, Kenya 21
Samoa 15, England 12


Australia 26, Samoa 14



Zimbabwe 21, Scotland 14
Spain 29, Canada 12


Spain 33, Zimbabwe 0

Series standings (after 3 of 9 rounds):

1. New Zealand 60 points
2. France 46
3. Fiji 44
4. South Africa 41
5. Samoa 39
6. Kenya 37
7. Argentina 36
8. Wales 31
9. Portugal 21
10. Australia 19


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