Blitzbokke ousted by Fiji

2012-10-14 08:54

Cape Town - Poor decision making has cost the Blitzbokke in their Cup semi-final against Fiji at the Gold Coast Sevens in Queensland, Australia on Sunday.

Fiji, an old nemesis of South Africa, won 21-10, after leading 14-7 at the break.

But South Africa will wonder how they let this one slip, with some key errors at critical times proving their undoing.

The Islanders made a bright start when Ulaiyasi Lawavou Tavucuilagi went over under the post early on, with Joji Baleviani Raqamate converting for a 7-0 lead.

However, the Blitzbokke hit back with a superb try from playmaker Cecil Afrika, with Branco du Preez converting to level matters and were now in the ascendancy with the first period nearing its end. Then, on the stroke of half-time, Cornal Hendricks looked certain to round off after a concerted period of dominance only to knock the ball on with the tryline beckoning.

The Fijians were quick to counter and sprinted the length of the field, with Raqamate finishing off against the run of play. He converted his own try to put his side 14-7 up at half-time.

The Blitzbokke came out firing in the second period, piling pressure on their opponents, but struggled against a resilient defence. They got their chance midway through the half when Ilai Tinai was sin-binned with the referee getting impatient with a string of penalties conceded by the Islanders.

However, instead of utilising their numerical advantage, South Africa inexplicably seemed content to kick the ball. Camped deep into the Fijian 22m area Branco du Preez decided to kick a drop goal. He succeeded in fine fashion to bring the score back to 10-14, but questions must be asked why a decision like that was taken with his team seven points down.

In sevens rugby players who are sin-binned only stay off the field for one minute and one would expect South Africa to try and utilise their one-man advantage. They had another chance to run against the six men of Fiji when they received a penalty in their own half a few seconds later. However, the decision to kick for touch was made and by now Tinai was allowed back onto the field to make it seven against seven again - and Fiji still leading.

South Africa fought bravely to try grab a late winner but never really threatened and were put out of their misery when Tinai scored a late try after the hooter had sounded. Raqamate converted for a 21-10 win - a score which somewhat flatters the winners and leaving South Africa wondering how they let that one slip.

Earlier on Sunday, South Africa qualified for the semi-finals with a 26-14 quarter-final win over France. On Saturday they impressed with wins over New Zealand (31-21), Canada (38-0) and the US (33-5).

Fiji will now play New Zealand in the final, after the Kiwis beat Kenya 15-5 in their semi-final, while South Africa will play Kenya (10:32 SA time) for third place honours.

Latest results from the second day of the Gold Coast Sevens, the opening leg of the IRB's Sevens World Series, on Sunday:



New Zealand 15 Kenya 5
Fiji 21 South Africa 10


Argentina 17 Australia 14
France 21 Samoa 7


Spain 26 Wales 17
England 24 Canada 19


Scotland 33 Portugal 0
USA 33 Tonga 26



South Africa
26 France 14
Fiji 19 Samoa 7
New Zealand 12 Argentina 7
Kenya 21 Australia 14


Canada 31 Portugal 0
England 35 Scotland 7
Wales 27 USA 19
Spain 24 Tonga 7


  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-14 09:08

    Better luck next time Boks.

      lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-10-14 11:47

      You are such a wanker.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-14 12:12

      And you a tosser.

      Caleb - 2012-10-18 04:00

      Oh wait the ref must be responsible!

  • fatu.esialai - 2012-10-14 09:16

    Blitzbokke Thrash NZ (in a dead rubber) Blitzbokke ousted by Fiji (when it counts)

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-10-14 09:33

    Kan ons nie dalk vir mr useless himself johan goosen daar plek maak nie??

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-14 09:37

    Headline 'Fiji Thrash Bokkies' Keep on deleting the comments, won't change the facts!!!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-14 10:04

      what ever happened to good ole unbiased reporting & journalism? It seems some media want to influence the news by only permitting comments that promote their agenda. Thats called media censoring.Political Dictators do that to maintain power. It never worked in the past in many countries and it never will work in this internet era.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-14 10:08

      Lol, welcome to South Africa and have a nice day :)

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-14 10:48

      nzbro.allblack If I was News24 I would not only remove your sorry @ss comments but completely ban you on here.Yesterday the Boks beat the All Blacks and not a single comment was made by you on that result and yet on this article where the Boks lost you were one of the first to post your k^k.You just a sad,pathetic expat that enjoys having a go at South Africa whenever an opportunity presents itself.So just ****off to New Zealand websites and stay off ours.You get a lot of thumbs up from other SA haters,so the lot of you can all just **** off.

      Caleb - 2012-10-16 03:02

      Jeez Sean, relax youre gonna give yourself a heart attack, then how will you be able to watch your sports teams lose?! @NZbro, yep censored gestapo type selective publicity keeps the uninformed masses from objective debate. Enter whipped up frenzied Saffas like Sean... well, you know the rest.

  • lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-10-14 10:56

    Boks beat NZ by 10 points, headline 'Blitzbokke Thrash New Zeland'. Fiji beat Boks by 11 points, headline 'Blitzbokke Ousted by Fiji'. Speak about bias reporting!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-14 11:17

      Then ****off then if you don't like it you tosser.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-14 11:22

      Calm down Sean, throwing a wee tantrum are we... Watch the headline about to come, 'Fiji Thrash New Zealand' but at least we made the final!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-14 11:47

      "at least we made the final" Keep telling yourself that b***h.

  • fatu.esialai - 2012-10-14 11:21

    @Sean: Calm down angry man. I know it's difficult being a Springbok supporter, but remember, it's only a game.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-14 11:45

      Not about the game sir/madame,but about has been South Africans dressed up as All Blacks supporters on this forum and looking for any old excuse to have go at South Africa or its sports.These bloedsuigende vlermuise is so pathetic its the only way for them to cowardly label the country this,that or the other behind a computer screen.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-14 11:29

    This is characteristic of all our sports. We win/choke/lose.

  • Paullas - 2012-10-14 13:48


  • charlietlo - 2012-10-14 14:03

    who didnt see that one coming

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