Bok Sevens to meet Treu’s Kenya in quar­ter-fi­nals

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THE SPRING­BOK Sevens won three times yes­ter­day to top Pool D and book a quar­ter-fi­nal spot against Kenya at the Dubai Sevens, Round 2 of the Sevens World Se­ries.

South Africa outscored pow­er­ful Samoa by four tries to one in their fi­nal pool en­counter to reg­is­ter a com­fort­able 26-5 win. Their quar­ter-fi­nal op­po­nents, Kenya, are nowa­days coached by for­mer Spring­bok Sevens coach Paul Treu. Kick­off time to­day is 9.35am (SA time).

In their two other pool matches ear­lier yes­ter­day, the Spring­bok Sevens beat Ar­gentina 17-7 and then swept Rus­sia aside 34-5.

The first half against Samoa was a bruis­ing af­fair but South Africa just man­aged to clinch the lead at half­time thanks to a con­verted try by Sampie Mas­triet. Samoa hit back al­most im­me­di­ately to make the half­time score 7-5.

The Spring­bok Sevens started the sec­ond half in much bet­ter fash­ion and Branco du Preez scored their sec­ond try af­ter a good scrum ef­fort.

Werner Kok then crossed the line for their third try and his sec­ond of the tour­na­ment af­ter a mis­take by Samoa near their try line.

Speed­ster Justin Geduld, one of sev­eral re­place­ments in the sec­ond half, scored their fourth try from a quick penalty tap to put the game out of reach of Samoa, who last year won the ti­tle af­ter de­feat­ing New Zealand in the Cup fi­nal.

South Africa Sevens cap­tain, Kyle Brown, said af­ter­wards: “It’s much tougher th­ese days. You have to punch all the way through and win that last game in your pool. We’re just so happy to be in the quar­ter-fi­nals and we’ll give it our all.”

Against Rus­sia, pow­er­ful run­ning for­ward Jamba Ulengo scored twice and was joined on the score­sheet by Du Preez, Phillip Sny­man, Mas­triet and Kok, who dot­ted down for his first try in the World Se­ries.

In their open­ing match, South Africa scored three times and Ar­gentina once, al­though the South Amer­i­cans en­joyed greater ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage for much of the match.

Ulengo got the Spring­bok Sevens on the score­board af­ter he raced away from the de­fence to score in the cor­ner. Vet­eran for­ward Frankie Horne dou­bled the score to 10-0 a minute later af­ter he pow­ered his way over the try­line.

Ar­gentina struck back in the sec­ond half with a con­verted try to re­duce the dif­fer­ence to just three points at 10-7. How­ever, clever play by Chris Dry saw South Africa stretch their lead to 17-7 af­ter he took a quick penalty tap to score un­der the posts.

New Zealand are cur­rently lead­ing the World Se­ries standings af­ter their suc­cess at the Gold Coast in Aus­tralia. They have 22 points and are fol­lowed by Aus­tralia (19), Eng­land (17) and South Africa (15).

Round 3 of the Sevens World Se­ries, the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sevens, takes place next weekend in Port El­iz­a­beth. – SA Rugby

GETTY IM­AGES

TOP CLASS: Branco du Preez of South Africa in ac­tion dur­ing the Dubai Sevens match against Ar­gentina, as part of the sec­ond round of the HSBC Sevens World Se­ries at The Sevens sta­dium yes­ter­day in Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates.

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