Blitzbokke thump Pumas

2014-12-06 10:07
Seabelo Senatla (AFP)
Cape Town - South Africa produced their finest performance so far in the tournament as they buried Argentina 40-0 in their Dubai Sevens quarterfinal on Saturday, thus booking a semifinal showdown with their great rivals, New Zealand.


According to the website, the Blitzbokke were considered one of the form teams on the opening day, but there were errors in their game that needed to be eradicated.

Coach Neil Powell appears to have succeeded in that objective, for in the quarterfinal the mistakes and disciplinary problems that prevented them from hitting full momentum on day one were conspicuously absent.

The flyer from Welkom, Seabelo Senatla, notched a hattrick of tries to take his career tally in the abbreviated format to 54, but it was the allround performance of his charges that should satisfy Powell as they look forward to their semifinal meeting with New Zealand.

A strong physical defensive game was at the heart of the South African success, with Argentina never able to make any headway against their well organised opponents, who frequently turned the possession over and forced the Pumas into error.

The first try was set up by a Werner Kok thrust down the left flank, with the Blitzbokke always having an advantage in numbers once the play was transferred to the right, with Senatla running 20 metres to complete the try. An excellent Cecil Afrika pass was what created Senatla’s next try, which was completed with a little shimmy that sold the Argentine defence.

Branco du Preez effected a turn-over at the breakdown in front of the Argentina posts to lay on a try for Kwagga Smith to enable the Blitzbokke to go to the break 21-0 up.

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