An overwhelmingly youthful BlitzBokke team on Friday kicked off their Adelaide Sevens title defence to the perfect start by running over Asian strongmen Japan 40-0 win at the Adelaide Oval.
The Springboks ran in six tries in their opening match after enjoying a 14-0 half time lead. The Bok Sevens dominated their Japanese opponents in most facets of play and in the second half regularly broke the defensive effort of Japan.
Springbok Skipper Kyle Brown joins the rest of the national captains ahead of the Adelaide Sevens. (Pic: IRB)
Baby Boks winger Sampie Mastriet who recently joined the Bok Sevens squad scored a hat trick of tries while Cecil Afrika, Mpho Mbiyozo and Ryno Benjamin also added five-pointers for the South Africans. Branco du Preez kicked two conversions while Afrika converted three.
“I am very happy with the win especially if you consider all the disruptions we had during the week,”said SA Sevens coach Paul Treu who joined his Boys only today.
“The game started out to be quite messy particularly at the breakdown in the first half, but I was really impressed with the way the players applied themselves. The fact that we did not concede any points even if it’s against Japan, is something I am proud of. I was also impressed with our youngsters, in particular the performance of 19 year old Sampie Mastriet who scored a hat trick.
“But our next focus is on France who we play tomorrow and we’ll have to be at our best defensively and on attack to be victorious against them.”
The Springboks Sevens play France who suffered a 33-12 defeat to Samoa earlier on Friday, in their second Pool B fixture at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday at 06h17 (SA time) before playing Samoa in their last Pool B fixture at 10h34 (SA time).
Scorers for the BlitzBokke were:
Tries:Sampie Mastriet (3), Cecil Afrika, Mpho Mbiyozo, Ryno Benjamin;
Conversions: Cecil Afrika (3), Branco du Preez (2).
In other shock news from Adelaide, Wales upset Fiji and the USA triumphed against England on a superb opening day at the Adelaide Sevens.
The rest of the top seeds all won their matches, hosts Australia, Samoa, New Zealand and South Africa all convincingly, as Friday night’s eight games provided the generous Adelaide Oval crowd with ample entertainment.
On Saturday the remaining 16 pool matches will be played and the Cup quarter final line-ups decided.