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Mixed day one for SA Sevens teams

Seabelo Senatla

The Blitzboks got their Cape Town Sevens campaign off to an excellent start with a comfortable 49-0 victory over Japan.


The win saw the Blitzboks go top of their group, above Fiji who earlier beat the USA 28-14 in what could be a crucial result for the pool.

It was the perfect start for Neil Powell’s side, who were typically excellent in defence and allowed Japan to do all the play and make all the mistakes.

It took under a minute for the Blitzboks to open the scoring as they applied good pressure before local favourite Seabelo Senatla pounced on an error for the first try.

The South Africans then lost Rosko Specman to a yellow card for a cynical infringement. However, it mattered little as a counter-attack started by Senatla was finished off by Kurt-Lee Arendse.

The youngster then intercepted a Japanese pass and scampered away for his second to put the Blitzboks 21-0 up at half-time.

JC Pretorius went over early in the second half for the South African’s fourth try, before Senatla intercepted for his brace to all but seal the result.

Further tries from Selvyn Davids and Ruhan Nel add more gloss to the scoreline.

The Blitzboks will face tougher tests on day two as they take on Fiji before closing the day against the USA.

The Springbok Women’s Sevens team lost 40-0 against the New Zealand Women in their opening match on day one of the Cape Town Sevens.

Despite being the host, this fixture was the biggest mismatch in the women’s category with the New Zealand sitting at the top table of the women’s game, while South Africa are minnows.

It was only the second time these sides met and incidentally New Zealand were victors by the same scoreline then.

South Africa defended well in the first half, but three mistakes led to three tries and a 21-0 lead for New Zealand at the break.

South Africa were erratic and all over the place in the second half. They struggled to get out of their half of the field and that led to three further tries for the opposition. However, one of New Zealand’s conversion attempts was off target, which limited the score to 40 points.

Notwithstanding the result, the Imbokodo can still qualify for the playoffs if they beat Fiji and Japan in their two remaining pool games on Saturday.

Photo: Seabelo Senatla


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