A few anxious moments, but Blitse still up


With spectators following the action in their unique sevens attire – anything from ladybugs to Roman soldiers – from their pavilion seats, the Blitzbokke beat the USA 26 – 14 in their second group match.

Yes, it is true that there were a few pants-tearing moments in the second half, but the South African rugby sevens team is still undefeated in Cape Town.

Selvyn Davids scored the only two tries in the first half to build up a comfortable half-time lead of 14 – 0.

Ryan Oosthuizen’s nimble ball-backing skills provided the opening try, while Rosko Specman’s old habit was responsible for a touch of “Specmagic” when his acceleration caught the Americans badly offside.

The USA are often regarded as the sleeping giants of world rugby and Lucas Lacamp showed exactly what the Americans are capable of when he capitalized on a few Blitzbok mistakes.

With Justin Geduld sent off with a yellow card for dangerous play, Lacamp scored two quick tries.

In no time the score was 14-all and the danger lights began to flicker a bit in Groenpunt.

But the South Africans had theirs again last week mojo found among the sand dunes of Dubai and they are undoubtedly a team that plays for each other and the Blitzbok emblem.

Impi Visser scored the home team’s third try after the Blitsbokke’s boss handled the run-up to his try well.

Then Ronald Brown’s fake-you-here-fake-you-there run on the ensuing kickoff provided the final nail in the USA’s game coffin.

South Africa’s next game is against Ireland at 19:34 and the action is broadcast live on SuperSport.

  • Scorers:

South Africa: Tries: Ryan Oosthuizen, Rosko Specman, Impi Visser and Ronald Brown.

USA: Tries: Lucas Lacamp (2).