Fiji today retained their “title” of bogey team to the Springbok Sevens team. The BlitzBokke went down to the Islanders by 14 – 12.
While the difference in the end was a mere successful conversion by the Fijians, the winners will go into the scorers log as having made 26 effective tackles to South Africa’s 9. What also went against the Bokke were some crucial decision-making, taking the ball inside when they should have taken the ball through the hands to their speedsters.
All said and done, coach Paul Treu should be satisfied with the progress his charges have made over the past 4 games. The young players are adapting well to the rigours of international Sevens at this level, while at long last the more experienced Bokke are beginning to fulfill their leadership role. The final two tournaments in London and Edinburgh should be another opportunity for the Springboks to gel as a unit before the new season.
South Africa still has a chance of winning some silverware when they play Kenya in the sime-finals of the Plate competition.
The teams for the Cup semi-finals are:
Samoa vs. England (16:30 local time)
Fiji vs. New Zealand (16:52)
In the Plate semi-finals:
USA vs. Australia (15:46)
SA vs. Kenya (16:08)
A Saffa show’s his colors in Hong Kong (Pic: Mike Jansen)