Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team’s search for a fifth World
Rugby Sevens Series title will continue on Sunday when the Blitzboks take on
Australia in the Cup quarter-finals of the Singapore Sevens.
The fixture in the Singapore National Stadium will see an
eighth consecutive Cup quarter-finals appearance for Philip Snyman and his
troops, but hard work awaits against the Australians if the Blitzboks want to
progress into the final four of the competition.
“Yes indeed, the Australians are playing pretty well at the
moment. We need to be at our best, trust our system and eliminate the silly
mistakes we are making at times,” Snyman said after Day One of the tournament
last won by South Africa in 2004.
“You need to be able to beat any team in the quarterfinal if
you want to win the title, but that only takes you to the semis, where more
hard work awaits,” Snyman said.
The captain was disappointed, but not in the dumps, after
their final pool B match against England, which South Africa lost 17-12.
England scored from the kick-off after South Africa fumbled the ball, but a try
by Werner Kok late in the half helped the South Africans to a 7-5 lead at the
That was short-lived however, as England scored from the
second half restart again and then extended the lead a minute later to lead
17-7. Tim Agaba ran hard and straight for his first try of the year, but time
ran out for the Springboks, who has now lost to England for the fourth time
“We are playing against ourselves as well. We need to
protect the ball better and not give them soft turn-overs and points,” lamented
Earlier the Blitzboks had to pull out all the stops against
France, edging the Europeans 10-7. Siviwe Soyizwapi scored an unconverted try
either side of half-time, but also conceded a yellow card that allowed the
French to score a comeback try.
The South African defensive held up though, for a
“France were up for it, they managed to beat England in
their opening match and provided us with a tough match,” Snyman admitted.
In their opening match in pool B, South Africa totally
outplayed Japan, winning 52-0. The South African attack proved pretty clinical
in this match, with Siviwe Soyizwapi scoring a hat-trick and Zain Davids, who
is playing in his sixth tournament, dotting down for the first time.
Werner Kok scored a brace as well, with Sandile Ngcobo and
Dylan Sage also joining the try-fest. Branco du Preez kicked five conversions
and Ruhan Nel one.
The Cup quarter-finals are: (SA time)
06h30: Fiji v USA
06h52: Australia v South Africa
07h14: New Zealand v Canada
07h36: England v Kenya