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Magic men for Blitzbokke secure quarter final spot

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The Blitzbokke is well underway to defend their Sydney title by reaching the quarter finals on SaturdayDay 2

Seabelo Senatla and Justin Geduld scored two tries each as the Blitzboks beat England 33-12 on day two of the Sydney Sevens on Saturday.

In a straight shootout for pool honours and a quarter-final match against the Pool B runners-up, South Africa produced their most complete performance to overcome the stern challenge England posed.

In a first-half that stretched over nine minutes and 30 seconds, England – who had the Blitzboks’ measure in their previous encounters in recent months – looked ominously close to continue their dominance in this fixture.

But after conceding an early converted try due to a defensive lapse in concentration by Cecil Afrika right on the tryline, South Africa fought back brilliantly to take a commanding lead at the interval.

Afrika made up for his early defensive error with an excellent pick-up and pop pass off the ground to Seabelo for a try which erased England’s lead.

After patient passage of play, Tim Agaba looked to have scored but replays confirmed his feet went over the deadball line before grounding the ball. It could have been a costly mistake, but fortunately for him, the Blitzboks played under a penalty advantage at the time.

South Africa edged ahead when Afrika scored their second try. In possession in their own half with a seven-point lead and the half-time hooter sounding, the Blitzboks would have been excused for ending the half. But they kept the ball alive and went 65m downfield for a try under the posts, scored by Geduld.

Geduld continued to stamp his authority on the match and soon after the restart, the playmaker scored his second, and South Africa’s fourth, try for a 28-7 scoreline.

After finally getting their hands on the ball, England’s Dan Bibby crashed over to spark a glimmer of hope, but Senatla scuttled away for another try in the last minute of the game to wrap up the result.

Day 1

Blitzbok flyer Rosko Specman bagged a hat-trick of tries as the Bok Sevens team opened their Sydney Sevens campaign with a strong 50-0 win over Papua New Guinea on Friday.

Coach Neil Powell was pleased with the eight try romp, but warned that Spain and England, the remaining opponents for the Blitzboks in pool C of the tournament, will ask more challenging questions from his team when they clash on Saturday.

“Spain is a team that is making great progress,” said Powell.

“They play some good sevens and we need to start all over again when we face them on Saturday. We need to lay down the foundation for the rest of the day.”

Specman (who goes by the handle @speckmagic11 on Twitter) scored his tries in the second, eighth and 11thminutes of play, with Ruhan Nel (twice), Seabelo Senatla, Stedman Gans and Cecil Afrika also crossing the tryline. Justin Geduld kicked four conversions and Afrika one.

“I asked the guys to keep the game structured and was happy with this win as PNG loves to play against an unstructured defence,” said Powell.

“We were in a position to make changes at half-time already and it was good to give everyone a run, to get their lungs going.”

The Springbok Sevens are the defending champions at the event, the third of ten in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

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  1. @Jacques:

    Certainly got heart… but could do with being a bit bigger… bounces off too many tackles compared to the likes of Snyman and Dry. As for the orks… they lose this against Australia and it will be their constant miss-tackles.

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  2. Take out Dry or a Snyman and the work-load of having to carry the orks is simply to great for Kok and Smith… Agaba is rubbish and as I jeep saying you cannot play Afrika, Geduld, Specman, even Sage in the same team.

    Hiding.

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