Blitzboks claim bronze at CT Sevens

2017-12-10 19:41
Ruhan Nel celebrates with Seabelo Senatla (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The Blitzboks have won the bronze medal match at the Cape Town Sevens, defeating Canada 19-17. 

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South Africa opened the scoring in the 2nd minute with Siviwe Soyizwapi getting over in the right-hand corner following a pin-point cross-kick from Justin Geduld.

Geduld added the conversion from a difficult angle for a 7-0 lead. 

Canada grabbed a try back in the 5th minute when Harry Jones collected a perfect grubber kick from playmaker Nathan Hirayama who could not add a conversion. 

On the stroke of half-time, Ruhan Nel extended the Blitzboks lead, rounding off an overlap to score in the left-hand corner.

Geduld added another excellent conversion to see South Africa lead 14-5 at half-time.

Immediately after the break, the Blitzboks extended their lead to 19-5 with Rosko Specman streaking away to score an unconverted try. 

Canada ensured they stayed in the contest with Hirayama rounding off an excellent move to close the gap to 19-10.  

Hirayama then scored a converted try with just seconds to go as Canada, at 19-17, had moved to within a score of the homeside. 

The Blitzboks held on for a minute after the hooter with Canada eventually infringing much to the relief of the crowd. 

Earlier, the Blitzboks had beaten Fiji 31-26 in a pulsating quarter-final before losing 19-12 to New Zealand in the semi-final.


South Africa

Tries: Siviwe Soyizwapi, Rosko Specman, Rhuhan Nel

Conversions: Justin Geduld (2)


Tries: Harry Jones, Nathan Hirayama (2)

Conversions: Hirayama

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