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Blitzbokke drop in rankings

2012-02-04 13:38

Johannesburg - South Africa dropped one place in the overall standings after lifting the Plate in the fourth leg of the Sevens World Series in Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday.

Having gone unbeaten on the opening day, the Blitzbokke were relegated to the second-tier competition with a 21-5 loss to Fiji in the Cup quarter-finals.

They were given a scare in the Plate semi-finals, narrowly edging past Canada 21-19, but bounced back to thump Tonga in the final.

Canada struck early, dotting down their first try in the second minute, but South Africa hit back to lead 14-7 at half-time.

The Canadians fought hard, scoring twice in the second period, but the Blitzbokke managed to hold them off for a 21-19 victory.

Cecil Afrika, returning to action after he was rested in the last pool game, scored two tries in the final as Tonga were handed a 24-0 whitewash.

South Africa fell to fourth in the series standings - behind New Zealand, Fiji and England - with 61 points.

The fifth leg, a three-day event, will be held in Las Vegas next week.

Results on Saturday from the New Zealand Sevens, fourth leg of the International Rugby Board World Series:

Cup

Quarter-finals


New Zealand 22, France 7
England 26, Tonga 7
Samoa 15, Canada 12
Fiji 21, South Africa 5

Semi-finals

New Zealand 17, England 12 (Extra-time))
Fiji 28, Samoa 5

Playoff for third

England 21, Samoa 12

Final

New Zealand 24, Fiji 7

Plate

Semi-finals

Tonga 15, France 7
South Africa 21, Canada 19

Final

South Africa 24
, Tonga 0

Bowl

Quarter-finals


Kenya 14, Scotland 5
Wales 10, United States 0
Australia 33, Japan 5
Argentina 28, Cook Islands 0

Semi-finals

Kenya 17, Wales 7
Australia 24, Argentina 12

Final

Kenya 12, Australia 7

Shield

Semi-finals


Scotland 14, United States 12
Cook Islands 17, Japan 10

Shield final

Scotland 19, Cook Islands 17

Standings after four of eight rounds:

New Zealand 73 points, Fiji 70, England 64, South Africa 61, France 49, Samoa 47, Australia 45, Wales 41, Argentina 33, Scotland 26.

SAPA

Comments
  • Bert - 2012-02-04 21:31

    Need to stop posturing when they score and get their heads down to playing for the full time allotted. Won all their group matches, yes, but nearly came unstuck against England. Who, eventually finished 3rd. Too many posers for SA. They have all the potential in the world to be the best, but are too interested in impressing their families watching on the TV

      Citizen - 2012-02-06 07:30

      None of the thngs you mentioned are the problem, its very simple if you look at the AB's, Fiji and England, they all boast the same winning formula BIG (accent here) fast, and strong on their feet.SA guys are good against the smaller guys, but like the 15 man game, big fast players are the winners in the end, we just have too many midgets who get turned over in the tackle and maul situation, we need to be content with being highly competitive..

  • railton.samuel - 2012-02-04 21:32

    Our "Chokers" handle seems to have crept into the 7 man code as well!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-02-05 15:25

      Not at all, they are one of the top sevens teams? Can't win everything - and they lost to finalists Fiji in the quarters - its a knock out comp, and sevens is a very different game to 15's - slightest mistake and you're out.

  • Hugh - 2012-02-06 17:05

    Come on boys, pull out the stops.

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