South Africa joined New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Kenya and England as the only unbeaten sides after Day 1 of the USA Sevens in Las Vegas.
The Springboks meet France in round 3 of the Pool stage late on Saturday evening (South African time). The Quarter-finals of the tournament take place immediately after round 3.
IRB Sevens Player of the Year, Cecil Afrika, scored a hat-trick to take his Day 1 try tally to five in South Africa’s 29-12 victory against reigning Rugby World Cup Sevens champions Wales. Forward Frankie Horne scored a memorable individual try while team captain, Kyle Brown, dotted down his side’s first try after Rhys Shellard gave Wales the lead.
South African playmaker Afrika, also the current SARU Sevens Player of the Year, earlier scored his first two tries of the tournament as he helped the Blitzbokke a 35-0 victory against Uruguay. They scored three other tries through Cornal Hendricks, Frankie Horne and Bernado Botha, scoring his 30th World Series try.
Cecil Afrika tops the Total Tries and Most Points logs with 5 tries and 25 points. He is joined on the Tries & Points logs by Frankie Horne (2 tries, 10 points). Branco Du Preez also made it onto the Total Points log with 14 points (7 conversions).
“Happy with day one, but a few things to work on,” commented Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu after his team completed match day one. “Our attacking play was good overall and we took our opportunities, however, I want us to be more accurate on defense.”
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Thanks to Marele Joubert Strydom for this picture from Vegas.
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