Lightning frolics in Table Mountain’s shadow

Henry

Table Mountain was still hidden behind a curtain of clouds on Friday, but when the Blitzbokke played their first match of the Cape Town sevens tournament today, sunshine greeted the team.

The home team definitely made things too hot for Great Britain on the playing field and they finished the showdown on a run with 19 – 5.

Quewin Nortjé set the ball rolling for the South Africans when he dived over in the corner for the first points of the Group A match.

Good soccer skills – the ball was literally kicked several times in the direction of the Blitzbok goal line – provided Great Britain’s first try, but after that it was one-way traffic in the game.

The South Africans put on a show of strength when fighting for the ball on the ground, while their strong defensive work also put the dumb British on the back foot.

Then Justin Geduld displayed his attacking skills when he cut through the visitors’ butterfinger defense like a hot knife, while Nortjé rounded off a nice running session with his second try.

South Africa last walked away with the seven-seater in the Mother City in 2015 and there is still a lot of water in the sea this weekend before they can show off the silverware again.

But with this performance, they definitely took a big step in the right direction.

The team’s next match is against the USA at 14:12 and the action will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

  • Scorers:

South Africa: Tries: Quewin Nortjé (2) and Justin Geduld. Goal kicks: Patience and Ronald Brown.

Great Britain: Three: Harry Glover.

  • Blitzbok group: Ryan Oosthuizen, Impi Visser, Zain Davids, Tiaan Pretorius, Ronald Brown, Selvyn Davids, Dewald Human, Shilton van Wyk, Rosko Specman, Masande Mtshali, Justin Geduld, Quewin Nortjé and Kat Letebele.