Blitzboks over come Fiji for the second time in two days to win the Singapore Sevens Cup title.
It was one of the great comebacks from Powell side when the Fijians looked like they ran away with the game.
They came back from a 19-0 deficit to beat the Hong Kong champions 20-19.
With such a young side Niel Powell and his system with the Academic must be praised.
The Blitzboks scored 20 unanswered points in that second half to seal a famous victory.
Fiji was very physical in that first half and the Blitzboks struggled with that
The it was Werner Kok with a turnover which send Oosthuizen over with two minutes to go.
A final penalty from Davids gave the Blitzboks the lead and the win.
Blitzboks 24-12 USA
The Blitzboks were too good for the USA beating them in the Cup Semi Final 23-12 on Sunday.
It was again Werner Kok that had a the moment of the match and turned things around when he got across for a brilliant cover tackle which resulted in the Blitzboks to score on the other side.
That gave them a 12-0 lead at halftime.
The USA came back with a try but the Blitzboks had enough to get another try and a penalty try late in the match.
This setup the Blitzboks to face Fiji in the Cup Final.
It was another impressive performance from Powell’s Blitzboks when they beat Samoa 21-12 in their quarter final on Sunday.
They dominated possession and use all the opportunities that came there way.
They will now move on to face the USA in the Cup Semi Final at 09:50 (SA Time).
Samoa was physical and even got the luck with a yellow card to Werner Kok, but the Blitzboks was just too good for the Samoans.
A small appetizer to put you in the mood for the Blitzboks Cup semi final v @USASevensRugby at 09:50 SA time. The two tries that clinched victory over @Samoa7s in the quarter final. @CastleFreeSA @FNBSA @ASICSRugby @ASICS_ZA pic.twitter.com/KPhKwueZmH
— Springbok Sevens (@Blitzboks) April 14, 2019
In the other Cup Semi Final Fiji will face England at 10:12 (SA time)
Blitzboks 17-7 Fiji
The Blitzboks kept their unbeaten record at the Singapore Sevens when they finish off Fiji in their last pool match on Saturday. Niel Powell side scored three tries to one after leading 5-0 at halftime.
The first half was a tough contest with both sides defensive systems holding on but it was the Blitzboks that got over just before the break.
Stedman Gans, Kurt-Lee Arendse and Werner Kok were the try-scorers with Davids lading one conversion in the game.
This setup the Blitzboks for a quarter final showdown against Samoa on Sunday at 05:35.
Tries: Stedman Gans, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Werner Kok
Conversion: Selvyn Davids
Try: Livai Koroigasagasa
Conversion: Vilimoni Botitu17
Blitzboks 36-0 Canada
It was another great performance from the Blitzboks in their second match against Canada. They kept Canada scoreless with tries from Justin Geduld, Ryan Oosthuizen, skipper Siviwe Soyizwapi, Sakoyisa Makata and a brace by Kurt-Lee Arendse
The Blitzboks defence was something special
The Blitzboks will play their final Pool A fixture against Fiji (13:28 SA time).
Tries: Justin Geduld, Ryan Oosthuizen, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Kurt-Lee Arendse (2), Sakoyisa Makata
Conversions: Branco du Preez, Selvyn Davids (2)
BlitzBoks 36 – 10 Scotland
The Blitzboks made a good start to the Singapore Sevens when they beat Scotland 36-10 in their opening match of the tournament on Saturday.
Blitzboks captain Siviwe Soyizwapi score a few tries in the process as they try to put last weeks Hong Kong tournament behind them. They still have Fiji in their pool games later to face but started as well as they could have.
Scoring six tries would have please Powell although Scotland struck first through McFarland. Werner Kok quickly counter with a great try from the kickoff. The floodgates opened in the second half with the Blitzboks chalking up 24 unanswered points. Impi Visser extended their advantage, followed by Soyizwapi’s brace.
Tries: Branco Du Preez, Werner Kok, Impi Visser, Siviwe Soyizwapi (2), Angelo Davids
Conversions: Du Preez (2), Selvyn Davids
Tries: Max McFarland (2)
The Blitzboks next game is against Canada at 9:40am followed by their final pool game against Fiji at 1:28pm.
The Singapore Sevens is an annual rugby sevens tournament contested by national teams. It was first contested as part of the IRB World Sevens Series in 2002 and from 2004 to 2006. The Standard Chartered Bank was the original title sponsor. It was effectively replaced in the IRB calendar by the Australian Sevens for the 2006-07 season.
The tournament returned as an official event within the Asian Sevens Series in 2013. Singapore then secured a four-year deal to host a leg of the Sevens World Series starting from the 2015–16 season.Singapore's rights to host a leg of the Seven World Series was further extended till 2023.
Fiji was crowned champions last weekend in Hong Kong and are on the tails of the log leaders, USA.
Here is the current standings:
Here is the Pools for the tournament this weekend:
All the matches will be broadcast Live on SS1 and SS5 over the course of the weekend.
Just more than a month ago, the Blitzboks slumped out of Las Vegas, slapped and bogged down by the reality of their worst-ever finish in the USA Sevens in recent years.
A week later, there was a snappy spring in the step as they departed Vancouver, only slightly bogged down by the extra luggage they had to bring back home – the HSBC Canada Sevens trophy.
Fast forward by exactly a month. Again, a bruised and battered Blitzboks side arrived, this time in Singapore, but again with some indignity from another seventh-placed finish in Hong Kong. Could there be another switch from a shuffle to a swagger during this weekend's HSBC Singapore Sevens?
The answer is a positive one, if you listen to Blitzboks captain, Siviwe Soyizwapi. Or rather, a determined yes.
“We can fix it,” the winger said after he again stood proud amongst the 15 other captains of the tournament for the traditional Captains Photo before every tournament.
“The individual mistakes we made, only we can fix them. We made the errors, it is our responsibility to make sure we don't repeat them this weekend,” said Soyizwapi.
“The second week of any tournament cycle is always reflective anyway. We are toning down on training, which leaves more time for analysis and reflecting what happened the week before – where things went wrong, where things worked.”
Soyizwapi said taking responsibility and fixing the inaccuracies is a given this week. It does feel a little bit like post-Las Vegas as well, he admitted.
“Like that weekend, we are not down and out,” said Soyizwapi.
“We did many good things and there is still a positive feeling about what we can do and achieve. There is also, most importantly, the admission that we made mistakes, and the desire to fix them.”
The reviews were productive, he said: “It is all about getting on the same page and having the same desire to make it happen. We have stuck to the same routine from the North American leg, so we are confident that we can again have a positive result.”