Blitzbokke cruise into Sevens quarterfinals

The SA Sevens cruised into the quarterfinals of the Sevens World Series thanks to three convincing rugby performances in the Port Elizabeth leg at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday.

The Blitzbokke went through the day without conceding a point and saved their best performance of the day for the final match of the evening, trouncing Pool C rivals Australia 26-0.

South Africa broke down some resolute Aussie early defending when star player and IRB Sevens player of the year Cecil Afrika scored the opening try of the game on the stroke of half-time.

They scored three more tries through Mark Richards (two) and Steven Hunt to bury Australia and top the pool.

Paul Treu’s men will now face France in Saturday’s Cup quarterfinals.

South African leg champions New Zealand signalled their intention to defend their title with a superb 41-0 victory over Dubai finalists France in Pool A.

The French had no answer for the powerful All Blacks, who also easily accounted for Morocco and Scotland earlier in the day, and face Australia in Saturday’s Cup quarterfinals.

Series log leaders Fiji also claimed three victories on Friday, along with Samoa.

South Africa eased into their campaign just after lunch with a comfortable 33-0 victory over Canada, playing with cohesion and determination to run in five tries to none.

Afrika produced a perfectly weighed crosskick into the safe hands of Chris Dry, who scored South Africa’s second try before the dreadlocked Port Elizabeth-born flyer was subbed by Treu shortly after the interval.

Other tries were scored by Branco du Preez, Hunt, Cornal Hendricks and Richards.

Another PE-born star, Hunt thrilled local fans when he ran in four tries as the Blitzbokke thumped Kenya 45-0 in their second match.

Afrika, who missed the Dubai leg because of a rib injury, once again marshalled his troops brilliantly as the Boks raced to a 26-0 lead at the break, dashing to score a 50-metre try in the corner.

The domination continued in the second half as Richards and Boom Prinsloo also added tries, while Du Preez kicked five conversions. — Sapa

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.


High Court strikes down ‘paternalistic’ lockdown regulations

The order of unconstitutionality has been suspended for two weeks

L’Oréal workers demand a shutdown of local plant, citing Covid-19...

The French cosmetics company’s Midrand plant has recorded 16 Covid-19 cases in two weeks

Protective equipment for schools in KwaZulu-Natal goes ‘missing’

Without protective equipment, schools in uMlazi, Pinetown and Zululand won’t meet the already delayed deadline for reopening

Press Releases

Empowering his people to unleash their potential

'Being registered as an AGA(SA) means you are capable of engineering an idea and turning it into money,' says Raymond Mayekisa

What is an AGA(SA) and AT(SA) and why do they matter?

If your company has these qualified professionals it will help improve efficiencies and accelerate progress by assisting your organisation to perform better

Mining company uses rich seam of technology to gear up for Covid-19

Itec Direct technology provides instant temperature screening of staff returniing to the workplace with no human contact

Covid-19 and Back to School Webinar

If our educators can take care of themselves, they can take care of the children they teach

5G technology is the future

Besides a healthcare problem Covid-19 is also a data issue and 5G technology, with its lightning speed, can help to curb its spread

JTI off to court for tobacco ban: Government not listening to industry or consumers

The tobacco ban places 109 000 jobs and 179 000 wholesalers and retailers at risk — including the livelihood of emerging farmers

Holistic Financial Planning for Professionals Webinar

Our lives are constantly in flux, so it makes sense that your financial planning must be reviewed frequently — preferably on an annual basis

Undeterred by Covid-19 pandemic, China and Africa hold hands, building a community of a shared future for mankind

It is clear that building a community with a shared future for all mankind has become a more pressing task than ever before

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday