By Mark Etheridge
The Blitzboks rugby sevens side sealed third spot in the Singapore leg of the World Rugby Series with a comprehensive 28-0 thrashing of Argentina on Sunday.
This means they’re still looking for their first tournament win since Cape Town in December. The series now moves to Paris and London next month.
Against Argentina it was a cagy affair, even after the South Americans had a player sin-binned inside the first minute for a deliberate knockdown.
Just over a minute out from halftime and with the score still locked at 0-0, it was Kwagga Smith who finally broke the stranglehold running in from just about his 22-metre line and Branco du Preez’s conversion made it 7-0
The Blitzboks swarmed into action early in the second half with the young Sivuwe Siyozwapi after good work from veteran Stephan Dippenaar after broken play (14-0 with the conversion).
Just over a minute later and it was the man they call ‘Dippy’ who dived over himself for his first try of the tournament and the Blitzboks could breathe easily at 21-0.
With just under three minutes to go it was Ruhan Nel, a relative newcomer to the set-up, dotting down his 20th try of the series after some clever switching of play to the blindside.
With Kenya beating Fiji 30-7 in the final and with the Blitzboks having got to the semi-finals, Neil Powell’s charges will be happy to have moved up to second spot on the rankings.