Poms beat Blitzbokke in Plate Final

May 13, 2012
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A Mat Turner try seconds after the final hooter gave England a dramatic 19-17 victory over South Africa in their Plate semi-final clash of the Marriot London Sevens at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon.

Turner, one of three nominees for the HSBC Sevens World Series Player of the Year, scored under the posts after the Blitzbokke had led 17-12 when the siren signalled the end of playing time.

The match produced a real Sevens thriller, with the lead changing several times and the two teams entertaining the huge crowd to an excellent exhibition of Sevens action. Fiji and Samoa advanced through to the Cup Final.

Tom Powell scored the first try for England after beating the challenge of Kyle Brown. Cornal Hendricks, using his upper-body strength, then brought the Blitzbokke back on terms after he collected an offload from Jamba Ulengo to burst over (5-5).

Unfortunately for South Africa, the flying Steven Hunt was then called back for a forward pass from Frankie Horne. Second later Hendricks used his explosive pace to run in his second try on the stroke of halftime to hand the Blitzbokke a 10-5 advantage at the break.

Sam Edgerley took an excellent pass from Tom Mitchell to score under the posts to hand England the lead at 12-10 after the restart. Brown then collected a high cross kick from Philip Burger to score under the poles (17-12). But Turner scored with the last movement of the match to clinch a dramatic 19-17 win for England and in doing so brought an end to South Africa’s frustrating season.

South Africa got their day off to a disappointing start when arch rivals New Zealand outplayed them 36-0 in the first of the four Cup quarter-finals. The Kiwis never allowed the South Africans any sort of possession and pinned the Blitzbokke for much of the match in their own half.

The victory also allowed New Zealand to clinch their tenth World Series title.

South Africa coach Paul Treu could not hide his disappointment with his team’s very indifferent season.

“After a disappointing performance against New Zealand we played much better against England and were unlucky not to win.

“I realise our overall performances this year were not good enough and it was disappointing for our many fans in South Africa and also those who follow us abroad across the World Series.

“We lost several key players and introduced a number of new ones. Some of them found the pace and intensity difficult to handle while others showed that, with a couple more chances, they can establish themselves in this demanding arena.

“The squad will now take a break and when we reassemble we will start from scratch. We will have an honest assessment and then start on preparations to get us ready for hopefully a much more successful new campaign next season.

Steven Hunt had a good tournament and scored four tries while Jamba Ulengo, in only his second tournament, also showed much promise.

SA Women clinch 7th place

The South Africa Women’s team finished in seventh place in the Women’s Challenge in London after losing their Cup semi-final 17-0 against England and going down in their Plate semi-final by 19-14 against Russia. They then finished the tournament on a positive note with a 14-7 win over France.

They now travel to Amsterdam for another outing next weekend.

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6 Comments

  1. avatar Kevin_rack says:
    May 14th, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Treu must go…nice oke an all! I would like a job where I dont deliver but get paid the wage.

    MatT Turner? Saffa?

  2. avatar Kevin_rack says:
    May 14th, 2012 at 5:20 am

    The Gauteng Lions manager flies to Baghdad to watch some young Iraqis
    playing rugby, is suitably impressed by one of them, and arranges for
    him to come over to Gauteng.
    Two months later the Lions are 18-6 down to the Cheetahs with only 20
    minutes left to play. The manager gives the young Iraqi winger the nod
    and on he goes.
    The lad is a sensation, scores 4 tries in 20 minutes and wins the game
    for the Lions. The fans are delighted, the players and coaches are
    delighted and the media love the new star.
    When the player comes off the pitch he phones his mum to tell her
    about his first day in Super 15 Rugby.
    “Hello Mum, guess what?” he says “I played for 20 minutes today, and
    we were 18-6 down but I scored 4 tries and we won! Everybody loves me,
    the fans, the media, they all love me!”
    “Wonderful,” says his mum, “Let me tell you about my day. Your father
    got shot and wounded in the street and robbed; your sister and I were
    ambushed and beaten; your brother has joined a gang of looters and all
    the while you were having such a great time playing rugby”
    The young lad is very upset. “What can I say Mum, but I am so sorry.”
    “Sorry?!!! Sorry?!!!’ shrieks his mum, “It’s your fault we all moved
    to Johannesburg in the first place!”

  3. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 14th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Reply to Kevin_rack @ 5:19 am:

    WRONG!
    Treu is the same guy that won 3 events
    last year.
    Do you have any idea what he’s up against?
    Like that Vodacom Cup and Varsity Cup
    gets prefence – he can only select the
    scraps.
    Sevens feed at the rock bottom of the pile.
    And then there is the injuries.

  4. avatar DavidS says:
    May 14th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Morne please take this as an educational about how to use an apostrophe because you’re an apostrophe catastrophe…

    Dude…

    Pom’s?

    Pom’s what?

    Or Pom is what?

    http://www.badapostrophes.com/

    http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Apostrophes

    http://www.talewins.com/apostrophes.htm

    http://www.english-zone.com/spelling/possessives.html

    http://www.dreaded-apostrophe.com/

    http://grammar.about.com/od/punctuationandmechanics/tp/GuideApostrophe.htm

    Grammar Nazi

  5. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 14th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    They’ve left out
    loose – lose
    and chance – change
    for the blogger who always gets
    the last one wrong.
    :wink:

  6. avatar DavidS says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    your
    you are
    you’re

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