Senatla Show sets up Blitzboks #Dubai7s final
D- It was the Seabelo Senatla Show as he proved once again that he is so much more than a try- scoring machine to propel the Blitzboks into the Dubai Sevens final yesterday with a 12-7 win over fierce rivals Fiji.
Senatla did get his customary touchdown, but it was his relentless work on defence that stood out against the hard-running Fijians.
However, the Stormers flyer’s attacking prowess wasn’t far behind either.
He got the ball rolling for the South Africans with a thrilling break early on, which led to the first try by Cecil Afrika, who smartly dived over from a ruck near the tryline.
Senatla nearly created another try soon afterwards when he put in a perfect chip into the Fijian 22 that Werner Kok caught out of the air, but after brief contact from a Fijian defender, the referee ruled that he had been brought to the ground and needed to release the ball, which he didn’t.
In between, Neil Powell’s team kept the island side at bay with a well-organised defence, with some big hits from Chris Dry and Werner Kok, despite the best attempts of Jerry Tuwai and Vatemo Ravouvou