Sevens

Blitzbokke to tackle Scots

2014-05-03 21:01
Neil Powell (Gallo Images)
Glasgow - Despite suffering a 19-5 defeat against New Zealand in their final Pool A match at the Glasgow Sevens, defending champions South Africa will tackle hosts Scotland on Sunday afternoon in one of the four Cup quarter-final matches.

The knockout match against the Scots starts at 13:42 and will be televised live on SuperSport.

Prior to their last match of the day, the Springbok Sevens were top of their pool after comprehensive wins over Portugal (38-0) and Samoa (40-0). However, their 19-5 loss against New Zealand meant they finished as runners-up to the Kiwis on the final pool standings.

The Glasgow Sevens is the penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens World Series, which concludes next week at Twickenham with the London Sevens. South Africa are currently seven points adrift log leaders New Zealand on the World Series log table.

The Springbok Sevens kept a clean sheet in their first two matches, and they defended with purpose against New Zealand during an absorbing first half. However, the Kiwis finally managed to break through their resistance when Adam Whitelock scored with just 35 seconds remaining in the first half.

Substitute Justin Geduld then scored with his first touch of the ball after half-time level matters at 5-5. However, the Kiwis added two more converted tries through Akira Ioane and Ben Lam to win 19-5 and claim top spot in Pool A.

Earlier, the Springbok Sevens scored six tries against Portugal in their opening fixture of the day. Branco du Preez, Justin Geduld (2), Philip Snyman, Kwagga Smith and Seabelo Senatla were the try scorers.

Six more tries and ten points from five conversions assured them a 40-0 runaway victory over Samoa. Dippenaar, Geduld, Snyman, Jamba Ulengo, Senatla and debutant Shaun Adendorff each dotted down for the South Africans.

Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, said his team can expect a tough encounter against home team Scotland.

“Scotland will be playing with a lot of pride and the support of their home supporters, which will make it difficult for us. However, we will just try to focus on what we want to achieve, execute our plan and hopefully things will go our way then,” said Powell.

The Cup quarter-final draw for the Glasgow Sevens on Sunday:

12:58 - New Zealand vs Australia
13:20 - Fiji vs England
13:42 - Scotland vs South Africa
14:04 - Canada vs Kenya

Results on Saturday from the Glasgow Sevens, the eighth leg of the IRB world series, at Scotstoun Stadium:

Pool A

New Zealand 26, Samoa 7
South Africa 38, Portugal 0
New Zealand 38, Portugal 0
South Africa 40, Samoa 0
Samoa 28, Portugal 5
New Zealand 19, South Africa 5

Pool B

England 21, France 5
Canada 52, Japan 0
England 33, Japan 24
Canada 28, France 12
England 7, Canada 7
France 31, Japan 5

Pool C

Fiji 26, Argentina 7
Wales 24, Kenya 19
Fiji 24, Kenya 17
Argentina 28, Wales 17
Fiji 45, Wales 0
Kenya 33, Argentina 19

Pool D

Scotland 19, Australia 7
Spain 17, United States 7
Australia 36, Spain 7
Scotland 26, United States 0
Australia 34, United States 14
Scotland 33, Spain 12

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