Oz blow Blitzbokke's chances

2013-03-23 09:22
Paul Delport (Gallo)
Johannesburg - The Springbok Sevens continued to be haunted by the curse of Hong Kong as they bowed out of Cup contention with a limp 21-12 loss to Australia in their second Pool A fixture on Saturday morning.

According to the website, the Blitzbokke were better than on Friday’s opening Hong Kong Sevens fixture, but not good enough as their general play and defence let them down and ensured that their 21st attempt at capturing a Hong Kong Sevens title will not be their first successful one.

After the 21-0 loss to Argentina on day one, the Blitzbokke sit firmly in last place, and while they technically still have a chance of qualifying for the Cup quarterfinals, they will need a massive points swing in their favour to have that happen and that is unlikely.

Two tries from speedster Shannon Walker was the difference after South Africa took an early lead, but then played catch-up the rest of the game.

Paul Delport’s quick thinking from a penalty allowed him to tap and go, diving in for the opening try.

But the Aussies hit back straight away, James Stannard finishing off the move that counted as they took the lead.

And then Walker added a second, leaving the Blitzbokke 14-5 behind before Seabelo Senatla showed a clean pair of heels and a beautiful turn of speed to bring the Blitzbokke within two points.

But Walker’s speed on the outside evaded two tackles and had enough gas to keep Branco du Preez at bay for the victory.

The Blitzbokke face Wales at 4pm in their final pool A game, and with the Welsh unbeaten thus far, will need to find some form to finish off the pool on a high note.

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