South Africa’s Blitzboks blasted their way into the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco early on Sunday morning, writes MARK ETHERIDGE.
Neil Powell’s charges built on their impressive 45-7 win against Ireland the previous day by squashing Scotland 36-5 in their quarter-final clash.
It was the lion-hearted Werner Kok who got the ball rolling when he stormed over after two minutes and scored again midway through the half after some Selvyn Davids playmaking magic.
Thirty seconds before the half-time hooter, it was Justin Geduld who rounded off a move down the left flank after a sweeping lateral movement from a tapped penalty on the other side of the field.
That made the half-time score 19-0.
And the Blitzboks continued where they left off after the break with Geduld romping over from the halfway line after a lineout. The conversion made it 24-0.
Just past the midway section of the half, it was Shakes Soyizwapi’s turn to get on the scoring sheets when he went over in the left after another penalty to the Blitzboks.
Substitute Ruhan Nel then showed the power of the Blitzbok bench when he went over after a lovely angled run.
That made the score 36-0. But just as it happened in the game against the Irish, the Blitzboks were unable to keep a clean sheet as Alex Coombes gave the Scots something to shout about as he collected a clever crosskick and slid in down the right.
The Blitzboks won’t bother about that, though, after putting together two consummate displays to date.
They now play England in the first semi-final at 9:40pm on Sunday night (SA time). England had edged the host nation after extra time.
The second semi-final sees Fiji taking on New Zealand immediately after the SA-England game.