Bl­itzbokke don’t con­cede a point as they top pool

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - ALI­SON DE VIL­LIERS

THE South African Sev­ens rugby side re­stored some pride with a con­vinc­ing 26-0 win over neme­sis Aus­tralia on the open­ing day of the Sev­ens World Se­ries here last night

The two sides have met in con­sec­u­tive Plate fi­nals this sea­son, with each nab­bing a win.

The in­ten­sity was high and both sides threat­ened to score. How­ever, the dead­lock was bro­ken on the stroke of half­time, when star fly­half Ce­cil Afrika scored to send spec­ta­tors in the sta­dium into rap­ture. Branco du Preez con­verted. South Africa ap­plied the pres­sure af­ter the break and Mark Richards scored a brace of triesand Steven Hunt one.

Ear­lier in the day, the Bl­itzbokke wel­comed the re­turn of Afrika, who kicked off their first Pool C match against Canada

With the back­ing of the crowd, which slowly built to 7,000, Du Preez opened the score tally early with a con­verted try.

With the North Amer­i­cans pe­nalised for not re­leas­ing the ball and col­laps­ing the scrum, Afrika was on hand with a clever kick which landed in the safe hands of Chris Dry for South Africa’s sec­ond try.

A wor­ry­ing fac­tor was some missed tack­les but thank­fully the Boks could rely on Ber­nado Botha who came in with hit af­ter hit.

Steven Hunt’s mis­take of com­mit­ting on a pro­fes­sional foul saw him sent to the sin bin for two min­utes shortly af­ter half­time. But coach Paul Treu was un­per­turbed and told the me­dia af­ter­wards: “The team bounced back de­spite be­ing re­duced to six play­ers. We need to now main­tain the mo­men­tum for the rest of the tour­na­ment and take one game at a time.”

All was for­given when Hunt re­turned to the field and sub­sti­tute Paul Del­port set him up af­ter gain­ing ex­ten­sive ground for his sec­ond try of the game.

Treu made an­other three sub­sti­tu­tions, hand­ing Cor­nal Hen­driks his World Se­ries de­but

The Boks won 33-0 thanks to a try and two con­ver­sions by ‘su­per sub’ Richards

In their sec­ond clash, South Africa oblit­er­ated Kenya 45-0 with Hunt lead­ing the pack, scor­ing four out of the seven tries

Treu will be re­lieved with his side’s over­all per­for­mance as they dis­played good han­dling skills, spread the ball well and im­proved on de­fence

In other matches, Samoa beat Eng­land 24-14 in Pool A’s big en­counter, Gold Coast win­ners Fiji thrashed Por­tu­gal 31-7 in Pool D, while de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons New Zealand thumped Scot­land 45-0.

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