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Blitzbokke thrash New Zealand

2012-10-13 11:47

Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens beat arch rivals New Zealand 31-21 to finish unbeaten and on top of Pool A at the Gold Coast Sevens on Saturday. The Blitzbokke will now face France in the first Cup quarter-final match on Sunday at Skilled Park, which is scheduled to start at 03:48 SA time.

Thanks to their win over the All Blacks Sevens, South Africa were able to join hosts Australia and Samoa as the only undefeated teams in the competition after the opening days’ thrilling action.

The Blitzbokke raced into a commanding 31-7 lead against the reigning World Series champions and then took their foot off the pedal in the last three minutes, which allowed the Kiwis to score two converted tries.

The pleasing aspect for Springbok Sevens coach, Paul Treu, is the fact that his side delivered a dominant display against the powerhouse All Blacks Sevens without the hugely influential skipper and hooker, Kyle Brown, as well as scrumhalf Branco du Preez, who were both rested for the last pool A encounter.

Birthday boy Paul Delport scored two tries, while Cornal Hendricks followed up his earlier hat-trick against Canada with the game’s opening score. Veteran Frankie Horne and Stephan Dippenaar were the other tries scorers for the Blitzbokke.

South Africa showed their intent to run the ball and use their speedsters more on attack when they beat Canada 38-0 in the opening pool clash, with Hendricks scoring three tries. Skipper Brown promised a more attacking approach from his side this season, and this was evident when the Blitzbokke scored six tries from nine visits to Canada’s 22-metre area to register a clinical whitewash.

The US did well to restrict them to a slim 12-7 lead - Tshotsho Mbovane and du Preez the try scorers - but the Blitzbokke cut loose in the second half to eventually score another impressive 33-5 victory thanks to second half tries from Du Preez, Brown and Delport.

Comment from Paul Treu, Springbok Sevens coach:

“I am pleased with the overall performance today. Our target was to win each of our three pool matches and we managed to do that by scoring more than 30 points in every game. Our defensive organisation was good and we took the chances which came our way to score some really good tries.

“I am also glad that we showed a good strong mentality, especially when the USA managed to restrict us during the first half. Against New Zealand, we managed to keep the momentum and putting them under pressure by looking after our own ball, which resulted in some well-executed tries.

“France is always a difficult and unpredictable outfit and we will have to focus throughout against them. They managed to beat us last season and they have some good attacking players, so we are in for a tough challenge.”

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

Pool A
New Zealand 19 United States 7
South Africa 38 Canada 0
New Zealand 28 Canada 21
South Africa 33 United States 5
Canada 22 United States 21
South Africa 31 New Zealand 21

Pool B
Fiji 31 Scotland 14
Australia 31 Tonga 14
Fiji 35 Tonga 7
Australia 22 Scotland 0
Tonga 24 Scotland 5
Australia 15 Fiji 14

Pool C
England 14 Kenya 14
Samoa 31 Spain 10
England 13 Spain 10
Samoa 14 Kenya 12
Kenya 26 Spain 12
Samoa 19 England 17

Pool D
France 14 Argentina 7
Wales 19 Portugal 12
Argentina 26 Portugal 0
Wales 19 France 17
France 12 Portugal 5
Argentina 17 Wales 5

Sunday's quarter-finals:

South Africa v France
Samoa v Fiji
Argentina v New Zealand
Australia v Kenya

Sport24

Comments
  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-10-13 11:51

    nice to get one over the old enemy!

      Flemstone - 2012-10-13 12:25

      Thank our God for giving us this talent. Does he think God is up there choosing who is going to get talent and who isn't? Genetics play a huge part as does training and coaching. Why doesn't he thank his parents for having him and his coaches for teaching him? I'd be thanking my team mates not some imaginary being.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-13 17:24

      Can you honestly blame News24 for getting a little carried away with that headline?How often does the Boks,7's or otherwise,get to beat the All Blacks?So no harm in rubbing it in a little when we do manage to beat the old enemy even if it ain't a thrashing.Just makes the readers feel good about their team the fact that we didn't get beat,but actually beat someone else.

      Flemstone - 2012-10-13 18:57

      I think the headline is fine. Anyone who watched the game will happily call it a trashing. I think we've also established that one in six sport24 readers are atheists. Or they could possibly believe that religion should be left out of sport? Its superstitious nonsense. I can't possibly believe that the creator of billions of stars and galaxies cares about rugby or talent. I've read in the bible that he enjoys the smell of burning animals. Come now. Surely God should be awesome?

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-13 11:52

    It's about time.Way overdue.Now do that with 15 man rugby aswell please Boks.

      lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-10-14 11:07

      Now that is wishful thinking if ever there was.

  • Generaal1 - 2012-10-13 11:58

    Die manne is aan die brand!

      lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-10-14 11:09

      So 'aan die brand', that they could not even make the Cup final.

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-13 12:06

    Brilliant stuff. Keep your feet on the ground guys, this is the easy part. Keep the momentum all the way to the final!!!

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-10-13 12:08

    how is 10 points thrash? ?? ??

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-10-13 12:11

      Against Nz it is.

      pjsawers - 2012-10-13 12:24

      Because if you watched the game you would know - leading 19-0 at half time is pretty much a thrashing as you have the game already wrapped up!

      Flemstone - 2012-10-13 12:29

      Well you'd need to score two tries to win. Its a pretty quick game so its considered quite hard to do. 10 points is a hiding.

      marnusmnorval - 2012-10-13 12:37

      Not really 2 quick mistakes following each other is 10 points..

      gsaker1 - 2012-10-13 13:02

      Yes i have to agree ten points as a thrashing is a bloody stupid headline

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-10-13 13:33

      its a thrashing finish and klaar

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-13 14:36

      Kinda puts last weeks humiliation of the bokkies into perspective!

      fatu.esialai - 2012-10-14 08:45

      One win against NZ in a dead rubber pool match doesn't give you the title.

  • razz.tazz.9 - 2012-10-13 12:23

    Oooooh but jealousy makes you nasty. Thank you GOD you never gave be that BAD quality.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-13 14:34

      WTF is this toothless wonder trying to say.

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2012-10-14 07:27

      Must be very confusing to be "jealous" or "proud" when the enemy is your own. Tell us about your childhood.

  • eidel.bock - 2012-10-13 12:30

    Go for Gold...

  • Izelda Fourie - 2012-10-13 12:33

    goeie begin, hou so aan.

  • lance.elliott.3914 - 2012-10-13 12:42

    I think one word pretty much sums that up........."Yeehah !!!"

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-13 12:57

    Well done boets. Now win when it counts...tomorrow

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-10-13 13:37

    It means nothing to thrash the all blacks and not win the cup. So much fixated with a meaningless group game. We will see tommorow if the chokers can repeat that form... and I very much doubt it.

  • lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-10-13 14:30

    Thrash?

  • charlietlo - 2012-10-13 15:04

    overcame one boogey team now we need to just beat fiji

  • leigh.mapu - 2012-10-13 18:24

    I blame the new All Black jersey sponsor...sellout NZRU!

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2012-10-14 07:22

      Speaking of sell-outs...

  • colin.swartbooi.3 - 2012-10-13 18:31

    Good one boys - we need this.

  • gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-10-13 21:56

    Nou's die klomp besembekke stil!!

  • caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-10-14 01:23

    Hardly a thrashing, News24 going over the top again

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2012-10-14 07:22

      Your opinion should for once be considered seriously - you are an expert in trash.

      Caleb - 2012-10-15 02:12

      Thanks

  • fatu.esialai - 2012-10-14 08:20

    Have fun in the 3/4 playoff.

      Caleb - 2012-10-15 02:12

      hahah

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