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Blitzbokke lose in Bowl final

2012-12-01 16:51

Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens side lost their Bowl final 14-10 against Argentina in Dubai on Saturday and now head home to South Africa where they will be looking to redeem themselves at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth next weekend.

The Blitzbokke uncharacteristically lost three of their six matches in Dubai, including two crucial encounters against Portugal and Samoa on Friday, to register their most disappointing display at the Sevens World Series since Wellington 2001.

Former IRB Sevens Player of the Year Cecil Africa will join the squad in Port Elizabeth on Monday but he will only come into consideration for selection if he passes a fitness test. The Blitzbokke will also name a replacement for injured skipper, Kyle Brown, who suffered a broken ankle on Friday against England after less than two minutes of play in their opening pool match.

Results from the Dubai Sevens

Argentina were first to score in the Bowl final when Matias Moroni took advantage of a SA handling error to open the scoring with a converted try. He then crossed the line for a second time barely a minute later to hand Argentina a 14-0 lead just before the break.

Veteran forward Frankie Horne used his power and pace to set up and then score South Africa’s first try just after half-time (14-5). Later, Tshotsho Mbovane closed the gap to just four points with a well-worked try in the corner for the Blitzbokke.

However, Argentina managed to do just enough to keep South Africa from scoring and to add the Bowl trophy to the Plate they won at the Gold Coast last month.

After a disappointing day at the office on Friday, the Blitzbokke won their two earlier games on Saturday to reach the Bowl final.

They came from behind to beat Russia 25-12 in their quarter-final before defeating the United States 22-14 to book a spot in the final against Argentina.

South Africa fielded a much shuffled team and took a while to settle and find their rhythm before coming from behind to lead the physical Russians 12-5 at the break. A much better performance in the second half, as well as tries from Stephen Hunt, Warren Whiteley and veteran Frankie Horne saw them home safely.

Against the United States, a strong run from Cornal Hendricks gave the Blitzbokke their first try and the tall winger added a second shortly afterwards for a 10-0 half-time lead.

Second-half tries by Colin Hawley and Carlin Isles brought the US back into the game, but Mbovane’s touchdown and a late try by Stephan Dippenaar secured the match for South Africa.

Afterwards Springbok Sevens coach, Paul Treu, said his team will now try to put their Dubai disappointment behind them as quickly as possible and to regroup for their home tournament next week in Port Elizabeth.

“Overall, it was a very disappointing tournament for us. We now have a week to regroup, get our focus back and to make amends in front of our home supporters in Port Elizabeth,” said Treu.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, round three of the Sevens World Series, takes place on 8 and 9 December in the Friendly City.

Meanwhile, the SA Women lost the inaugural Women's Series Cup final 41-0 against New Zealand after they had managed to restrict the Kiwis to a half-time lead of just 12-0. The NZ Women scored five unanswered tries after the break for a comprehensive victory.

South Africa can, however, take a lot of satisfaction from their overall performance at the historic event. They beat England and Brazil on Friday and then got the better of the Netherlands (12-7) to reach the semi-finals, where they beat Spain 19-17.

Denver Wannies, the SA Women’s team coach was a happy man despite the loss against New Zealand. “Our goal was to reach the semi-finals and we did very well to reach the last final. New Zealand was just too strong for our girls, but we learnt a lot out there today and now need to keep the momentum,” explained Wannies.


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Comments
  • jman.maluleke - 2012-12-01 17:17

    Blitz you represented us very well. We are fully behind you as a nation. You played very well boys and we are proud of you. Well done,

      charlietlo - 2012-12-01 18:07

      jman did you even watch the games?

  • anton.henke.39 - 2012-12-01 17:47

    what a disaster can they please get rid of paul true now he is just riding the train he should join the anc train more their to steal he has done nothing for the game the last two years plse make a plan a lot off chickens running around with no heads f#$@k

      marius.koch.982 - 2012-12-01 18:40

      Anton, I agree, with all the money that is wasted on high performance centres and the best equipment, these guys are not making us proud. PT must just go! Why the injuries? They trying to run through the opposition and not around them!

  • caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-12-01 18:38

    hahahahaha

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2012-12-01 19:23

      You realize you are laughing at a well transformed team?

      caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-12-02 05:58

      Come on man, they cant even win the bowl?? Thats really poor.

  • viva.lebok - 2012-12-01 19:51

    Time for PT to go. He has done nothing the last few years. From bad to worse to kuk

  • Marco Ferreira - 2012-12-01 20:19

    Paul was good enough when we were winning? Now everyone needs to be fired. You are all a fickle bunch. Do you get rid of your kids when they don't perform as well at school as you expect

      Barry - 2012-12-03 16:19

      Sorry, but I believe the Coaches must face the HEAT! The teams that are being successful in the tornament have learnt to Off-Load in the tackle, thus keeping the pace of the game hectic and not allowing the opposition to re-group. We on the other hand opt for crash ball and find out that the opposition are not as weak as they used to be. If this is as clear as the light of day to me, why is it so difficult for the Coaches to pick up?

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