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Blitzbokke claim third spot

2012-10-14 11:01

Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team bounced back from their Cup semi-final loss against Fiji to outplay Kenya 41-7 and claim third place at the Gold Coast Sevens on Sunday.

The Fijians successfully defended their tournament title by beating New Zealand 32-14 in the final at Skilled Park.

The Blitzbokke can however take plenty of positives from their encouraging performances during the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Brisbane.

Kyle Brown’s team qualified for the Cup semi-finals thanks to a solid 26-14 victory over France before losing their only match of the two-day event against the outstanding young Fijians.

All the teams now head to Dubai where the second round of the World Series will take place on 30 November - 1 December.

The victory means Fiji collect 22 series points to sit top of the standings, ahead of New Zealand (19), South Africa (17) and Kenya (15).

Earlier, Argentina beat France 14-7 to win the Plate, new core team Spain edged England to lift the Bowl and hat-tricks from Michael Fedo and James Fleming helped Scotland to the Shield.

Despite the disappointing loss against the tournament winners, the Blitzbokke can be proud of their attacking display over the two days which saw them scoring no less than 28 tries, the most by any team.

Powerhouse winger Cornal Hendricks, who made an impressive debut in the previous World Series season, continued his good form for the Blitzbokke by scoring eight tries at the Gold Coast, which made him a joint top-try scorer. The Bolander made an impact with his pace and power and managed to score three times each against Canada in the pool stages and Kenya in the playoff for third place.

Blitzbokke coach, Paul Treu, said afterwards he was pleased with the team’s overall performance, especially their ability to execute their new attacking approach.

“We only lost one game and that was against the eventual winners, but apart from that we really played well. Ruwellyn Isbell and Reuben Johannes made their national debuts while Tshotsho Mbovane also made a welcome comeback after a long absence.

“Going into the tournament, I was a bit worried about our fitness levels because we had so many players coming back from injury. However, there was a real desire to play good attacking rugby and now we must keep this form in Dubai, where we will have a tough pool to navigate.”

The Blitzbokke were drawn in Pool C of the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens, sharing a pool with Dubai crowd favourites England, Samoa and Portugal.

Results from the second day of the Gold Coast Sevens, the opening leg of the IRB's Sevens World Series, on Sunday:

Cup

Final

Fiji 32 New Zealand 14

Third place playoff

South Africa 41 Kenya 7

Plate final


Argentina 14 France 7

Bowl final

Spain 19 England 14

Shield final


Scotland 40 USA 5

Cup semi-finals

New Zealand 15 Kenya 5
Fiji 21 South Africa 10

Plate semi-finals

Argentina 17 Australia 14
France 21 Samoa 7

Bowl semi-finals

Spain 26 Wales 17
England 24 Canada 19

Shield semi-finals

Scotland 33 Portugal 0
USA 33 Tonga 26

Cup quarter-finals

South Africa 26 France 14
Fiji 19 Samoa 7
New Zealand 12 Argentina 7
Kenya 21 Australia 14

Bowl quarter-finals

Canada 31 Portugal 0
England 35 Scotland 7
Wales 27 USA 19
Spain 24 Tonga 7

Sevens World Series log (top 5 teams) after round one:


1.       Fiji - 22 points
2.       New Zealand - 19 points
3.       South Africa - 17 points
4.       Kenya - 15 points
5.       Argentina - 13 points

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Comments
  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-10-14 11:14

    wp het die chokery begin nou doen die 7's dit ook.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-14 12:05

      SOunds about the same as the WP, always there or there abouts but never really winning a trophy

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-10-14 11:21

    They were denied cup final spot by a very strong Fiji side. They tried their best.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-14 11:27

      Wonder if the Fijians were bigger than us . . . . and as fast and allusive . . . . . just wondering In which case they question arises . . . . . did our selectors do their best ?

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-14 11:31

      Fiji are leading the All Blacks 27-7 in the 2nd half with 2 miss conversions so it could've been a lot more than that had they kick all it over.

  • fatu.esialai - 2012-10-14 14:32

    A well placed third. Also, third in the Rugby Championships. Perhaps a hattrick in Dubai?

  • t1mothybeaton - 2012-10-14 17:06

    The reality is that after so many years with True in charge our boys still play like dumb idiots. They have the class to win consistently but I fear they lack the coaching to do so. This unfortunately is Paul True fault. I like him but in the game against Fiji they just played dumb sevens rugby. with about a minute to go in the first half scores at 7 all they have a penalty right in front of the poles. easy drop for the three points they dont take it spill the ball and fiji scores the lenght of the park. Then in the second half fiji get a player sent off they have the ball after a turnover they take a drop goal!!??? 7 vs 6???. Then they have a penalty just outside their 22 still 7 vs 6 they decide to kick for a lineout with the Fiji player waiting to come onto the field at the next break in play, suddenly they have to play against 7 players again. In the time we had the extra man in a sevens game we only scored a drop goal. Im sorry but you wont see NZ or Fiji make stupid mistakes like that. There is so little time in sevens that the decision making must be top drawer. The NZ/Fiji team play with skill and brains and after so many years I was certainly dissapointed in this mornings game of our team. I may sound harsh but these things happened in the game and I want us to play our best maybe fiji would still have won if we changed those decisions but somehow I dont think so.

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