Johannesburg - The Springbok Sevens continued to be haunted by the curse of Hong
Kong as they bowed out of Cup contention with a limp 21-12 loss to
Australia in their second Pool A fixture on Saturday morning.
According to the supersport.com website, the Blitzbokke were better than on Friday’s opening Hong Kong Sevens
fixture, but not good enough as their general play and defence let them
down and ensured that their 21st attempt at capturing a Hong Kong Sevens
title will not be their first successful one.
After the 21-0 loss to Argentina on day one, the Blitzbokke sit firmly
in last place, and while they technically still have a chance of
qualifying for the Cup quarterfinals, they will need a massive points
swing in their favour to have that happen and that is unlikely.
Two tries from speedster Shannon Walker was the difference after South
Africa took an early lead, but then played catch-up the rest of the
Paul Delport’s quick thinking from a penalty allowed him to tap and go, diving in for the opening try.
But the Aussies hit back straight away, James Stannard finishing off the move that counted as they took the lead.
And then Walker added a second, leaving the Blitzbokke 14-5 behind
before Seabelo Senatla showed a clean pair of heels and a beautiful turn
of speed to bring the Blitzbokke within two points.
But Walker’s speed on the outside evaded two tackles and had enough gas to keep Branco du Preez at bay for the victory.
The Blitzbokke face Wales at 4pm in their final pool A game, and with
the Welsh unbeaten thus far, will need to find some form to finish off
the pool on a high note.