The South African Sevens side, except for a clumsy second half from both SA and Wales in the final pool game, showed that they have indeed overcome their injury woes and that the new Boys have managed to fit into the side smoothly.
South Africa vs. Tonga
The BlitzBokke opened the Commonwealth Games Sevens tournament with a comfortable win against Tonga (29 – 0).
Lubabalo Mtembo scored the first try of the competition in the 38th second of the match. He was joined on the second-half score-sheet by skipper Paul Delport who crossed the whitewash twice. Cecil Africa added points with the boot with one conversion to bring the halt-time score to 17-0.
Africa and former skipper Neil Powell added another 2 quick tries towards the end of the match, Africa converted one and the match ended at 29 – 0 for the Bokke.
Neil Powell (Pic: SARU)
South Africa vs. India
The BlitzBokke beat hosts India by such a huge margin (59 – 0), I’m just going to give you the basic stats:
Tries: Sithole 2, Dazel 2, Mentz 1
Conversion: Dazel x4
(SA 26 – 0 India)
Tries: Delport 1, Sithole 1, Benjamin 2
Conversion: Africa x3
Cecil Afrika again shone with the boot.
South Africa vs. Wales
The second half of the match against Wales was a scrappy affair with all the points being scored in the first half.
Boom Prinsloo, Cecil Africa and Paul Delport all crossed for the Springboks, with Africa adding 3 conversions while Richie Pugh scored an unconverted try for the Welsh.
Final score SA 21-5 Wales
At the end of the first two rounds of pool matches all of the top teams came out unscathed as Rugby Sevens took centre stage at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
South Africa, Wales, Scotland, defending gold medalists New Zealand, England, Australia, reigning World Series champions Samoa and Kenya all booked their place in the quarter finals after successfully winning both of their opening encounters as the crowd at the Delhi University stadium were treated to some outstanding Sevens.
IRB Chief Mike Miller has been a champion in Delhi himself, sending out “as-it-happens tweets” from pitch-side; so the last word (tweet) belongs to him:
@irbmikemiller “So NZ play Wales in QFs tomorrow. And SA play Scotland. England Australia up next. Pitch nearly all in shade now. Temperature quite nice. A little breeze.”
Meanwhile, on a lighter note, Reuters reports that the food on offer in the Athletes Village is hampering the Tonga team’s performance.
Tonga’s rugby sevens players have got a problem with the food at the Delhi Commonwealth Games — it is so good they are putting on too much weight.
“Food has been an issue in the village,” said team skipper John Cocker. “The first couple of days the boys all got into the food and put on a couple of kilograms.”
“This is luxury here,” he added. “They’re getting spoiled.”