Blitzboks start off hot in Wellington

2017-01-28 07:42
Siviwe Soyizwapi (Gallo Images)

Wellington - South Africa started their Wellington Sevens campaign off in style, looking extremely comfortable as they swept aside Japan and Australia without conceding a point to go into their pool showdown with HSBC World Series and Olympic champions Fiji with confidence.

According to the website, the pool game, which is the highlight of the “pool of death” will see the top two teams in world sevens face each other in the pool stages, after Fiji’s poor performance in Cape Town left them drawn with the Blitzboks.

The Blitzboks will face Fiji at 08:18 for the right for the top seeding for Sunday’s Cup games, but will have to be at their best as Fiji also looked incredibly focused and in form when they swept aside the other two teams in their pool.

While the Blitzboks opened their account with a 33-0 win over Japan and followed it up with a strong 28-0 win over Australia, Fiji went into the tournament with a 26-12 win over the Aussies and then racked up a half century against Japan, winning 56-0 against the Asian side.

The Blitzboks looked exceptionally strong and focused, using the kick and chase well to bring the speed of Seabelo Senatla into the game, as he added two more tries to his total, now just five shy of Fabian Juries all time record at the shortened game.

But Senatla gave up one try he could have scored by passing inside to Werner Kok against Australia, showing the record is the last thing on the minds of these players.

Senatla scored twice against Japan, and was on the scoresheet late in the game after tries by Chris Dry, Werner Kok and captain Philip Snyman.

In the Australia game it was Dry, Kok and Dylan Sage who all scored with Siviwe Soyizwapi adding the fourth as the Blitzboks took a full house of point with all their conversions successful.

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