Cape Town - The
Springbok Sevens team opened their defence of the Dubai Sevens on a positive note, finishing top of pool A on day one of
the HSBC World
Rugby Sevens Series opener.
The Blitzboks defeated Canada 28-0, after leading 14-0 at half-time.
Earlier in the day, the Blitzboks looked rusty in their first match when they beat Uganda 19-10, but bounced back with an emphatic 48-5 win against Kenya.
The South Africans face Samoa at 09h00 (SA time) in the Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell had mixed emotions following the clean sweep, but admitted that it was job done.
were sloppy against Uganda in the opener, then played much better
against Kenya and conceded no points against Canada in the final pool
match. We improved
as we progressed, but overall it was a day with mixed emotions," Powell
is a given that that we need to step up from the first game to the next
and credit to the guys, they did that, something that makes me proud.
It was not
easy out there, but we kept on improving and I cannot ask for much
The team knows very well that day two will determine the success of their efforts in Dubai, said Powell.
need to step up. Samoa showed they are a team progressing all the time
and we have to pitch up with our best effort. If not, we will not be
title," Powell said.
The average score between the sides are 18-14 and the Blitzboks won 43 of 69 matches played.
Tries: Branco du Preez, Cecil Afrika, Kwagga Smith, Werner Kok
Conversion: Branco du Preez (3), Justin Geduld