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Blitzbokke win Plate final

2012-02-04 09:57

Herman Mostert

Cape Town - The Blitzbokke have won the Plate competition at the Wellington leg of the Sevens World Series after beating Tonga in the final.

South Africa won 24-0 in rainy conditions, after leading 19-0 at half-time.

The South Africans piled on the pressure early, camping in the Tongan 22m area, and were awarded when Frankie Horne went over under the posts in the second minute.

Cecil Afrika converted for a 7-0 lead.

SA kept the pressure on after the restart and Afrika went over in the corner after a brilliant solo effort when he broke through on the blindside after a scrum. He missed the tricky conversion though. (12-0)

The Blitzbokke had another chance to score straight away but Stephan Dippenaar knocked the ball on ten metres from the goal-line to give the Tongans a breather.

But the Islanders struggled to get out of their own half, with handling errors and discipline letting them down, and when SA skipper Kyle Brown went over on the stroke of half-time the game was all but over.

Branco Du Preez converted for a 19-0 lead at the break.

Tonga fought bravely at the start of the second half, mounting phase after phase, but lacked the impetus to break a strong South African defence.

Midway through the half Afrika broke from a scrum to put speedster Cornal Hendricks away but he was hauled in by the last Tongan defender to force a line-out deep into Tongan territory.

From there Tonga launched a promising attack up field but poor handling again halted their charge.

The Blitzbokke kicked up field from the ensuing scrum and forced a penalty when Tonga went off their feet at breakdown close to their own goalline. Du Preez opted for a quick tap and after several passages of play Afrika rounded off to finish the game in style.

Du Preez missed the conversion but South Africa claimed a resounding victory which will give them confidence for the next tournament in Las Vegas.

Earlier, the Blitzbokke defeated Canada 21-19 in a tight semi-final after they went down 21-5 to Fiji in the Cup quarter-finals.

Sport24

Comments
  • Trevor - 2012-02-04 10:18

    WELL DONE!!!

  • Marcell - 2012-02-04 10:31

    Plate finals. That is now when you can't play with the big boys.

      Dave - 2012-02-04 11:13

      What's yr point Marcell? NZ on top with 73 Points, then Fiji (70), England 3rd with 64 and SA 4th with 71. That's after 4 rounds with 5 to come! Cynicism of the 1st degree. If you can't be constructive, stay off line.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-04 12:09

      Don't worry about Marcell, he's one of those who packed for Perth.

      Marcell - 2012-02-04 12:21

      You're of the mark mate. Perth, no thanks.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-02-05 15:19

      Well you're certainly not a proud South African Marcell, so you may as well go somewhere you're happier?

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-02-04 11:10

    I was concerned about the refereeing at the breakdown, again. I know it's sevens, but the laws are the same! The laws state that is a player is tackled, he SHALL release the ball before continuing to play. I notice the OZ and Kiwi refs disregarded this law, something that will hinder the SA teams in the Super15. Watch this space to see different laws for different teams, again.

      Marcell - 2012-02-04 12:23

      Winning teams never blame the ref. Wonder why?

  • HendrikAfrika - 2012-02-04 13:45

    The bltzbokke must learn to tackle before they will be able to deal with their nemesis, Fidji. The only way to deal with these oversized speedsters is to tackle them around the ankles. Not the knees, not the hips,not the midrift - the ANKLES. You seldom see that nowadays, a Mannetjies Roux tackle around the ankles. It takes down your biggest opponent.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-02-05 15:21

      Didn't they destroy Fiji last time round? But ja, agree on the tackling method - but they do normally get it right.

  • Raeez - 2012-02-06 09:56

    Could have been different tho. If only they ran the ball when they got a penalty 10meters from the try line instead of kicking for the corner against Fiji. (in the first half BTW)

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