Blitzbokke win Plate final

2010-12-11 19:28

George - The Springbok Sevens squad won the Plate section of the George Sevens beating Argentina 10-5 in the final on Saturday.

In the more prestigious final of the weekend, New Zealand were crowned cup champions when they beat England 22-19 in a spectacular match which was won with a penalty goal by Tomasi Cama while they were down to only six men.

Former Ikeys (University of Cape Town) player Matthew Turner scored a crucial try for England to level the scores when New Zealand had their noses in front, but lady luck eventually smiled on the men in black to the joy of many of the local spectators.

The Boks, playing in Sasol sponsored jerseys for the last time, were without key playmaker Cecil Afrika, who picked up an injury in the semi-final, so Branco du Preez was deployed to sweeper/flyhalf.

Afrika was the second highest try scorer in George having crossed the white-wash on seven occasions – Fiji’s Seremaia Burotu scoring two more than Afrika.

And, as was the case in Dubai, Afrika was also the leading points scorer having accumulated 55 points over the two days.

Du Preez, who hails from PW College in George, set up the team’s first try with a neatly placed cross-kick which bounced perfectly for Bernardo Botha.

Botha’s try came at the stroke of halftime in a match which was not as exciting as their epic victory over Wales earlier on.

Conditions contributed to the low-scoring result with precise defence a trademark of the second tier final.

Argentina eventually managed to break through the generally rock solid Springbok line when Diego Palma went over for what turned out to be his team’s only points of the match.

The conversion attempt was missed which meant the scores were level with five minutes left in the match.

After squandering a few valuable opportunities, veteran Sevens star Frankie Horne barged over the Argentine defence to hand the Boks their second Plate title in the 2010/2011 World Sevens World Series.

Earlier on, the Boks lost their cup quarterfinal match against England (19-10) but bounced back to record an empathic 24-21 win over the Welsh with Afrika scoring his second hat trick of the season.

In other finals, Scotland won the Bowl competition by securing a 26-0 victory over Russia while Zimbabwe surprised by beating Kenya 14-5 in the Shield section.


Springboks 10 (5): Tries Bernado Botha, Frankie Horne.

Argentina 5 (0): Try Diego Palma.