BlitzBokke stay in the hunt in Singapore

Saturday, 15 April 2017

 

The Springbok Sevens team’s search for a fifth HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title will continue on Sunday.

The Blitzbokke takes on Australia in the Cup quarterfinals of the HSBC Singapore Sevens.

The fixture at the Singapore National Stadium will see an eighth consecutive Cup quarterfinals appearance for Philip Snyman and his troops. However, hard work awaits against the Australians if the Blitzbokke wants to progress into the final four of the competition.

Yes indeed, the Australians are playing pretty well at the moment. We need to be at our best, trust our system and eliminate the silly mistakes we are making at times,” Snyman said after Day One of the tournament last won by South Africa in 2004.

You need to be able to beat any team in the quarterfinal if you want to win the title, but that only takes you to the semis, where more hard work awaits,” Snyman said.

Pool Match3: South Africa 12 – 17 England

The captain was disappointed, but not in the dumps, after their final pool B match against England, which South Africa lost 17-12. England scored from the kick-off after South Africa fumbled the ball, but a try by Werner Kok late in the half helped the South Africans to a 7-5 lead at the break.

That was short-lived, however, as England scored from the second half restart again and then extended the lead a minute later to lead 17-7. Tim Agaba ran hard and straight for his first try of the year, but time ran out for the Springboks, who has now lost to England for the fourth time this year.

We are playing against ourselves as well. We need to protect the ball better and not give them soft turnovers and points,” lamented Snyman.

Scorers for South Africa

Tries (SA): Werner Kok, Tim Agaba

Conversions (SA): Branco du Preez

Pool Match2: South Africa 10 – 7 France

Earlier on Sunday the Blitzbokke had to pull out all the stops against France, edging them 10 – 7. Siviwe Soyizwapi scored an unconverted try either side of half-time, but also conceded a yellow card that allowed the French to score a comeback try.

The South African defensive held up though, for a hard-fought win.

France were up for it, they managed to beat England in their opening match and provided us with a tough match,” Snyman admitted.

Scorers for South Africa

Tries (SA): Siviwe Soyizwapi (2)

Conversions (SA): None

Pool Match1: South Africa 52 – 0 Japan

In their opening match in pool B, South Africa totally outplayed Japan, winning 52-0.

The South African attack proved pretty clinical in this match, with Siviwe Soyizwapi scoring a hat-trick and Zain Davids, who is playing in his sixth tournament, dotting down for the first time.
Werner Kok scored a brace as well, with Sandile Ngcobo and Dylan Sage also joining the try-fest. Branco du Preez kicked five conversions and Ruhan Nel one.

Scorers for South Africa

Tries (SA): Werner Kok (2), Siviwe Soyizwapi (3), Dylan Sage, Zain Davids, Sandile Ngcobo

Conversions (SA): Branco du Preez (5), Ruhan Nel

The Cup quarterfinals are: (SA time)

06h30: Fiji v USA
06h52: Australia v South Africa
07h14: New Zealand v Canada
07h36: England v Kenya

The Cup QF lineup for Day2 of the HSBC Singapore7s 2017

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