Sevens

Blitzbokke win opener in PE

2011-12-09 14:08
Kyle Brown (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team opened their Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament in style on Friday, whitewashing Canada 33-0 with a powerhouse performance in Port Elizabeth.

GALLERY: Blitzbokke take to PE's streets

After the disappointment of Dubai where they looked so good on day one, only to come unstuck on day two, the Blitzbokke closed the door on that experience quickly, and took just over a minute to cross the line for the first time, through halfback Branco du Preez.

They quickly added to their score when Cecil Afrika – who returned to the side from injury – placed a pinpoint cross-kick to the corner where Chris Dry took the ball without effort to score the team’s second try.

But Canada were given some hope when Steven Hunt was sin-binned for throwing the ball away, a decision that was a tad harsh on the Blitzbokke, but one which luckily didn’t hurt them in terms of points.

Hunt made up for his indiscretion when he was put through a gap by Mark Richards in the second half to run through untouched and Richards added his name on fulltime with an excellent step and go to give the Blitzbokke a memorable win.


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