Brenden Nel - SuperSport
Dubai - The Springbok Sevens team opened their Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens campaign with a hard-fought 17-5 win over Portugal.
In a scrappy game where the physical Portugese were more than happy to
give away penalties and play spoiling rugby, the Blitzbokke showed
discipline, grit and resolve to get through the match unscathed.
After struggling and making a few unforced errors in the beginning of
the match, the Blitzbokke eventually broke through as Bernardo Botha
found himself in space after a deft change of direction by Paul Delport
and went in at the corner.
In the second half the Blitzbokke
were much more effective as they dominated proceedings but still
struggled to turn this into points. They managed to break through
eventually through captain Kyle Brown who went over and from the kickoff
scored immediately again as the Portugese knocked on from the kickoff
and William Small-Smith pounced and ran through untouched.
Portugal scored a late consolation try through Frederico Oliviera, who stepped Botha a bit too easily on his way to the line.