Blitzbokke start in style

2013-12-07 15:17
Sampie Mastriet (Gallo)

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 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 .

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