Port Elizabeth - The Springbok Sevens team made it two from two as they whitewashed Spain
38-0 in their second match at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in
Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
According to the supersport.com website, the Blitzbokke took a step upwards as they increased the pace against
the weaker opposition and made sure of an excellent outing that saw new
players Werner Kok and Kwagga Smith make an immediate impression
Branco du Preez opened the scoring with a superb switch from crowd
favourite Cheslin Kolbe, with the diminutive dancing feet of Kolbe
adding the second a minute later. When Chris Dry took a quick tap and
ran through untouched, the writing was on the wall for Spain as they
were 21-0 down at the break.
Things didn’t get better in the second half for the Spanish as the South
Africa's coach, Neil Powell, rung the changes, bringing on three
players and they were immediately rewarded when Kok went around the
outside to score.
Kok added a second as he sliced through a hole after another impressive
pass by Kolbe and the Blitzbokke finished the game off as Kwagga Smith
took a beautiful gap to finish the game in style.
This came after the South Africans had opened their account with a
workmanlike 24-7 win over Canada on a day filled with emotion as the
tournament remembered former State President Nelson Mandela.
There was a minute’s silence before the Blitzbokke’s game against Canada
and a fitting tribute later on by all 16 teams in a stadium named after
the world icon and in a municipality that bears his name.
The Blitzbokke will have a tough game against Kenya in their final match
in a repeat of the game they won last weekend in Dubai. Kenya, coached
by former Blitzbokke coach Paul Treu, beat Spain and Canada in their two
pool outings of the day.
The big clash will be at 19:58 tonight, the final game of day one of the tournament.
In other games, both Fiji and New Zealand swept aside opposition while
Samoa beat England in the first grudge match of the day, but then lost
to Argentina. The winner of the Argentina-England game is likely to join
Samoa in the Cup competition.
Wales were upset 28-17 by Portugal and will need the Portuguese to lose
to the USA in their final match to qualify alongside New Zealand for
the next round.