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Deja vu as Blitzbokke win South African leg


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens on 15 Dec 2014 at 10:24
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In a repeat of last year’s final, the Blitzbokke reclaimed the South African leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series when they beat New Zealand 26 – 17 in front of a 36 504 strong crowd in Port Elizabeth last night.

Last night’s win means South Africa shot up to the top of the standings on 59 pionts, with back-to-back wins, after beating Australia 33 – 7 in Dubai last week.

South Africa qualified for the Cup Quarter Final after comfortably beating USA 26 – 0, Kenya 38 – 7, and Wales 36 – 0 during the group stages.

They also had an easy run against England in the Quarter Final beating them 31 – 7, setting up a Cup Semi-Final against Australia.

Australia was leading 10 – 0 at half time, but three second half tries through Branco du Preez, Kyle Brown and Werner Kok secured a 19 – 10 win for the Blitzbokke, which meant a Cup Final against old foes New Zealand.

New Zealand took a five point lead through a Sherwin Stowers try after just two minutes, conversion was missed by Gillies Kaka. Philip Snyman scored the equalising try two minutes later, Branco du Preez was unsuccessful with the conversion as scores were tied at 5 all.

South Africa took the lead after eight minutes through a Cecil Afrika try, du Preez added the extras as they took a 12 – 5 lead. Poor defense allowed Joe Webber to score on half time, Kaka failed to convert as South Africa took a 12 – 10 lead into the half time break.

Seabelo Senatla opened the scoring in the second half, du Preez added the extras to give the Blitzbokke a 19 – 10 lead with eight minutes to play. Webber scored his second try half way through the half to take his team within two points after Kaka converted, as New Zealand trailed 17 – 19 with five minutes left.

Kwagga Smith put the final nail in New Zealand’s coffin when he scored the winning points for the Blitzbokke, Africa converted to take the final score to 26 – 17.

Senatla finished the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens as the second highest points scorer on 40 , 3 tries less then Australia’s Pama Fou who finished first on 55 points, Du Preez finished fourth on 39 points.

Round 4 of the HSBC World Sevens Series will take the teams to Wellington, New Zealand, where South Africa will head up Pool A along with USA, France and Japan.

The standings after three rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series are:

1. South Africa 59
2. Fiji 51
3. New Zealand 47
4. Australia 46
5. Argentina 40
6. England 37
7. Samoa 29
8. Scotland 27
9. USA 26
10. Wales 25



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