While most Kiwis were celebrating Waitangi Day, New Zealand’s National Day didn’t start on a happy note for the BlitzBokke. The South Africans went down to Fiji’s big men (5 – 21) in their fifth consecutive loss to the islanders. BlitzBokke.com was embarrassingly caught napping (literally) at the time of the game, but you can read Brenden Nel’s account of the game on Supersport here.
The win sees the Fijians advance to the Cup Semi-finals against last year’s NZI Sevens Champions England.
South Africa beat Canada 29 – 5 in a much better performance by the men in Green & Gold.
Mpho Mbiyozo was first on the scoreboard with a beautifully worked set-piece try. Frankie Horne showed that he’s not just strong but fast as well with a brilliant solo-effort, running a breath-sapping 50m to score his first try of the match.
Rayno Benjamin added one more soon after half-time. South Africa showed some solid defensive power in the face of an onslaught by Canada.
Birthday-boy Kyle Brown scored another inside the last minute, while Frankie Horne got his deserved second try after the hooter.
Final score: SA 29 – 5 Canada
South Africa plays Australia in the Final of the Bowl competition of the NZI Sevens in Wellington.