Cape Town - South Africa produced their finest performance so far in the
tournament as they buried Argentina 40-0 in their Dubai Sevens
quarterfinal on Saturday, thus booking a semifinal showdown with their
great rivals, New Zealand.
RESULTS AND FIXTURES FROM THE DUBAI SEVENS
According to the superpsport.com website, the Blitzbokke were considered one
of the form teams on the opening day, but there were errors in their
game that needed to be eradicated.
Coach Neil Powell appears to have
succeeded in that objective, for in the quarterfinal the mistakes and
disciplinary problems that prevented them from hitting full momentum on
day one were conspicuously absent.
The flyer from Welkom,
Seabelo Senatla, notched a hattrick of tries to take his career tally in
the abbreviated format to 54, but it was the allround performance of
his charges that should satisfy Powell as they look forward to their
semifinal meeting with New Zealand.
A strong physical defensive
game was at the heart of the South African success, with Argentina never
able to make any headway against their well organised opponents, who
frequently turned the possession over and forced the Pumas into error.
The first try was set up by a Werner Kok thrust down the left flank,
with the Blitzbokke always having an advantage in numbers once the play
was transferred to the right, with Senatla running 20 metres to complete
the try. An excellent Cecil Afrika pass was what created Senatla’s next
try, which was completed with a little shimmy that sold the Argentine
Branco du Preez effected a turn-over at the breakdown
in front of the Argentina posts to lay on a try for Kwagga Smith to
enable the Blitzbokke to go to the break 21-0 up.