Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens started their Dubai Sevens campaign on
a winning note by scoring three impressive wins on the opening day of the
tournament on Friday. South Africa, the defending champions, finished top of
their pool and now face the USA on Saturday in the Cup quarter-finals.
Kick-off is 10:06 (SA time) and the match is part of the
live tournament coverage on SuperSport 6.
SA Sevens wing Seabelo Senatla was the leading try scorer
last season and he immediately hit top form to finish the day with six tries.
The speedster scored a brace in each of the three group matches, often
displaying dazzling speed to outstrip the defence.
In their last group match against Scotland, Senatla crossed
over early already for his two tries. But the Scots hit back with two of their
own to hand South Africa a slight 14-12 lead at halftime.
Following the half-time talk, SA played with much more
composure and added two further tries to their tally. Justin Geduld and Juan de
Jong, in his first World Series outing since Wellington 2008, dotted down to
secured a comfortable 26-12 win.
The Blitzboks started the day with a 33-7 win over Samoa and
then turned up the heat to hand World Series newcomers Russia a 45-0 whitewash.
They scored 33 consecutive points after Samoa had managed to grab the first
try. Senatla and Kok (two each) as well as Philip Snyman helped themselves to
Against Russia, the Blitzboks ran in seven tries in the
sizzling desert sun. Senatla (2), Chris Dry, Snyman, Geduld, Kok and Cheslin
Kolbe were the try scorers in this clash.
Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, said afterwards he
was pleased with the results. He was especially satisfied with their second
half showing after struggling initially against Scotland.
Powell explains: “We did well overall and also managed to
give enough game time to our newcomers Francois (Hougaard) and Juan (de Jongh).
It was important for us to test them here.”
He added: “I am glad Scotland gave us a good struggle in the
first half and during the break we told the players to remain calm and stay
focussed. I think we played much better in the second half and deserved our win
against a good Scottish side.”
The USA clinched their playoff spot against South Africa
with a historic 14-12 win over New Zealand in their final group match.
The Dubai Sevens Cup quarter-final draw for Saturday (SA
09:00 - Fiji v Australia
09:22 - New Zealand v Samoa
South Africa v