Hong Kong - The Springbok Sevens team beat Spain 22-14 in their second game of the Hong Kong Sevens to set up an exciting final pool clash with Australia later on Saturday.
According to the supersport.com website, although the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story, the workmanlike performance from the Blitzbokke had them going into the final three minutes of the game 22-0 up when Stephan Dippenaar was given a yellow card for holding a player back.
While Spain were penalised a minute earlier for the same infringement and no yellow card, the numerical advantage suited the Spaniards as they scored two tries to finish the game on a high.
But by then the win was already secured although the South Africans will be unhappy at how they let their opposition back into the game.
The opening salvos were all pace and Seabelo Senatla scored twice again - as he had in Friday’s 31-7 win over France – using his pace as the ultimate weapon.
On both occasions – both tries were virtual copies of each other – Branco du Preez simply drew the defence and gave him enough room on the outside, which suited Senatla fine.
Frankie Horne scored a great try, doing a change of direction in his run to flummox the defence and early in the second half Cecil Afrika dived over from a ruck close to the corner flag to secure the victory.
The Blitzbokke are scheduled to face Australia at 13:16 (CAT) with the tournament running late because of a torrential downpour earlier in the day.