Saturday, 12 December 2015
The Springbok Sevens team scored a dramatic 10-0 win over England in their final pool B clash of the first-ever HSBC Cape Town Sevens at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday to keep their defence of the South African leg of the Series alive. They will meet Australia in the Cup quarterfinals at 12h26 on Sunday.
The Blitzbokke earlier in the day suffered an unexpected 14-12 defeat to Kenya (pictured below) and had to beat England, last weekend’s finalists in Dubai, to secure a spot in the Cup quarters.
The Kenyans proved to be a hard nut to crack, as they also drew with England in their opening pool B match. They outclassed Zimbabwe in their third pool match to top pool B.
Against England, the Boks got on the scoreboard early, courtesy of Juan de Jongh, who capitalised on England having a player in the sin bin. The local hero stepped past a couple of defenders to keep the crowd, who swelled to more than 52 000 during the day, happy and coming back for more on Sunday.
The only other score in the match came in the second half when Ryno Benjamin crossed the line following some sustained pressure by his team.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell was proud of the win, but admitted that it was a frustrating day.
“We are in the Cup quarters where we wanted to be, but things just did not happen for us today. We made many mistakes and very few of the things we tried, really worked. That said, we are still on track defending our title. There are no injuries in the camp, so we will give it our best on Sunday,” he said.
Kenya produced one of the big upsets of the day by beating the Blitzbokke 14-12. The South Africans raced in with ease as Seabelo Senatla scored his first of the weekend, but then poor defence handed the Kenyans two tries and the halftime lead.
The South Africans, spurred on by the packed crowd, pulled one back with a try by Chris Dry, but failed to deliver the knock-out punch, even with Kenya one man down in the last minute of play.
Pic Credits: Mike Jansen for @blitzbokke