Bok Sevens daz­zle

SA team win all pool ties to book quar­ter-fi­nal spot in Dubai

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

DUBAI — The Spring­bok Sevens scored three wins yes­ter­day to top Pool D and book a quar­ter-fi­nal spot against Kenya at the Dubai Sevens, Round Two of the HSBC 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 and book a clash with Kenya, nowa­days coached by for­mer Spring­bok Sevens coach Paul Treu.

Kick-off is to­day at 9.35 am (SA time).

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

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

South Africa 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 for Samoa, who last year won the ti­tle af­ter de­feat­ing New Zealand in the Cup fi­nal.

SA 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 tomorrow.”

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 ever try in the World Se­ries.

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

Ulengo got the SA 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 try line.

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 SA stretched 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.

Round 3 of the HSBC Sevens World Se­ries, the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sevens, takes place next weekend in Port El­iz­a­beth. — Sport24.

PHOTO: GETTY

Werner Kok of South Africa in ac­tion dur­ing the Dubai Sevens match be­tween South Africa and 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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