Blitzbokke into Cup quarters

2012-12-08 19:54

Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team topped pool A of the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth on Saturday after defeating Samoa, France and Australia and will face the USA in the Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.

The South African Blitzbokke were undefeated, one of only two teams on the day that did not have their colours lowered, with the other, Portugal, topping pool D after wins over the USA, Canada and Zimbabwe.

The South Africans, bolstered by the return of their playmaker, Cecil Afrika, attacked well, but were very impressive on defence and conceded only three tries all day, the fewest of all 16 teams in the third event of the HSBC World Series.

The Blitzbokke opened their account with an impressive 29-7 win over Samoa with Chris Dry scoring a hat-trick of tries. Afrika chipped in with a try and two conversions, with the other five pointer coming from Cornal Hendricks.

Afrika and Hendricks were on the score sheet again in the 12-7 defeat of France. Hendricks and Paul Delport scored tries in a tight clash, with Afrika slotting a conversion.

The Blitzbokke conceded an intercept try in their final pool match against Australia, but tries by Afrika, Dry and captain Frankie Horne edged the South Africans ahead and secured a 17-7 win.

In other pools, two defeats by Samoa saw the Dubai champions from last weekend being pushed out of the Cup competition, while Fiji came back well to defeat defending champions New Zealand to top pool B.

Pool C saw Wales, Argentina and Kenya all finish on 7 points after three matches, with points difference allowing the first two to progress.

Bowl quarter-finals action at the impressive Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium starts at 11:11 on Sunday, with the Cup quarter-finals to be played from 12:39, when South Africa takes on the USA.

This will be followed by Wales and New Zealand (13:01), Portugal and France (12:23) and Fiji versus Argentina (13:45).


  • mollie.kruger - 2012-12-08 20:34

    Well done Bokkies! I Hope Africa is good for tomorrow!

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-12-08 21:05

    We can do the USA...

  • rowan.clark.10 - 2012-12-08 21:09

    I was getting worried before the BB 's got their game plan together RSA vs USA nice start to the morning . Will be watching u !

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-08 22:41

    Go New Zealand!

  • Flemstone - 2012-12-09 12:14

    Looks like very poor attendance again. Lovely weather, a fantastic stadium and international sevens rugby. What's the problem? I go to Twickenham almost every year and there's always over 40 000 people. Might aswell take this competition back to George.

      Citroes - 2012-12-09 12:59

      Yes its not good enough. The reasoning for giving it to PE was that the people there are starved for rugby and will support the event. They did the first year, but this year the attendance is rubbish. Move it to Cape Town. You'll end up with a beer fest next door, a full stadium and the best atmosphere in the competition.

      Flemstone - 2012-12-09 15:59

      I think there was a problem with alcohol in George. They weren't allowing people to take their drinks into the stand. You had to drink in the beer tent. I think Outeniqua Park can handle 10 000, so PE needs to atleast get more than that. Glad so see people are enjoying themselves. A lot of people going to the Twickenham sevens aren't even rugby fans. How can they not get 30 000 people into this stadium during the summer holidays?

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