Port Elizabeth - With the weight of a nation on their shoulders, the Springbok Sevens
team opened their campaign at the Mandela Bay Sevens in style, beating
Canada 24-7 on Saturday.
According to the supersport.com website, it was a measure of controlled power mixed with pace as the Blitzbokke
never looked in trouble throughout the game, and it was only two minutes
into the game when they opened their account as speedster Sampie
Mastriet found his way open to the tryline.
Cecil Afrika showed why he is a legend in the shortened game as he
received the ball flat, stepped in and out and left the defence
flat-footed for the second try.
Captain Kyle Brown added a third try on the stroke of halftime as the
Blitzbokke found room on the outside to end the half off in style.
The second half saw Canada strike early as Philip Mack found a hole in
the Blitzbokke defence to give them some hope, but some good counter
rucking and with a boisterous crowd at their backs, the Blitzbokke
finished off the game well as Brown gave the perfect pass to debutant
Kwagga Smith to secure the victory.
The Blitzbokke will now face Spain at 16:18 before taking on Kenya in
the final game of the evening at 19:58 tonight .