Blitzbokke face Fiji showdown

2015-03-29 07:59
Werner Kok (Getty Images)

Cape Town - South Africa will face their nemesis Fiji in their bid to win their first Hong Kong Sevens title on Sunday.

The Blitzboks won a tense quarter-final 7-5 against a tough Australian outfit to squeak into the quarters and set up another big match against their bogey team in the semi-finals of the competition.

It presents a big task for the Blitzboks, who have struggled against Fiji in the past, and need a good performance if they are to keep their lead at the top of the HSBC Sevens Series log.

Their nearest rivals, New Zealand, breezed into the quarter-finals with an easy win over Argentina, and will face an “easier” semi-final against Samoa.

The Blitzbokke have never won in Hong Kong, the Sevens Series showpiece tournament which is celebrating its 40th year this weekend.

It took a late Werner Kok try, after several phases where the Boks came close, and a Cecil Afrika conversion to put them through in a match where Australia dominated possession for large periods of the game.

In the first half the Blitzboks couldn’t get their hands on the ball, as Jesse Parahi put the Australians up with a try in the corner. But even when they did in the second, they struggled against a fierce Australian defence.

The Blitzboks finally broke through when Afrika went close and Kok picked up the ball and lunged over for the try.

They will face Fiji at 09:46, with the second semi-final between Samoa and New Zealand kicking off at 10:08.

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