Undefeated Blitzbokke through to cup quarter-finals

Henry

The Blitzbokke finished the first day of the Dubai sevens tournament undefeated after settling with Samoa, Canada and New Zealand.

The South Africans saved the best for last when they came up with an excellent fight back against the Kiwis to win an action-packed game 21 – 19.

Selvyn Davids’ team was not afraid of a half-time deficit of 19 – 7 and they scored 14 unanswered points in the second half.

Ronald Brown scored the first of the Blitzboks’ two tries after the break, while he was also in the spot with an important goal kick attempt after Masande Mtshali fooled the New Zealand defenders.

South Africa will play Australia in the cup quarter-final on Sunday (at 08:58).

Results:

  • South Africa 22 – 14 Samoa

Scorers: Tries: Christie Grobbelaar, Rosko Specman, Shilton van Wyk and Impi Visser. Goal kick: Justin Patience.

  • South Africa 35 – 14 Canada

Scorers: Quewin Nortjé (2), Shilton van Wyk, Christie Grobbelaar and Selvyn Davids. Goals: Justin Patience (3).

  • South Africa 21 – 19 New Zealand

Scorers: Quewin Nortjé, Ronald Brown and Masande Mtshali. Goal kicks: Ronald Brown (2) and Justin Patience.