The Springbok Sevens side, sporting a few new faces due to forced injury changes has made a nerve-settling start in the first match of the Commonwealth Games rugby tournament.
The South Africans ran in a comfortable 29-0 over Tonga early this morning (SA time).
Coach Paul Treu couldn’t have asked for a better game to help settle any buttlerflies that may have been fluttering about his squad in the first of their 3 pool games. The presence of stalwarts Ryno Benjamin, Renfred Dazel, Neil Powell and Paul Delport should also help the new players make a comfortable transition to international Sevens.
To help matters even further, their next match will be against hosts India after which the Springboks take on reigning World Champions Wales. The Welsh side traveled to India with only two of the players who won the Sevens Rugby World Cup in Dubai.
Meanwhile organisers have announced that tickets for the Sevens tournament were sold out even before a ball was kicked at the Delhi University pitch.
The official Games website announced: “The biggest-ever gathering of the world’s top-10 international sides has led to Delhiites planning their break around the Rugby Sevens competition and buying tickets well in advance.”
“It is expected that the newly-built 10,000-capacity stadium near the Delhi University Vice-Chancellor’s office will now witness the world’s leading Sevens nations engaging in a battle for supremacy in front of a full house.”
South Africa beat hosts India 59 – 0 at the Delhi University Stadium.
The final pool-match against Wales to follow.
South Africa beat World Champions Wales 21 – 5 in the final game of the Pool stages.
The knockout stages of the Commonwealth Games Sevens tournament happens tomorrow. Check BlitzBokke.com for the full playing schedule.
A more comprehensive report on the day’s play follows shortly.