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BlitzBokke back in Port Elizabeth


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens on 6 Dec 2013 at 15:02
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The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will again play host to the HSBC Sevens World Series when the 16 teams meet in Port Elizabeth this weekend. This year will mark the third consecutive year that the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will host this popular tournament.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for the New Zealanders, winning the cup in 2011 and 2012. In 2011 New Zealand beat South Africa 31 – 26 and in 2012 they thrashed France 47 – 12.

New Zealand beat Australia 40 – 19 in the Golden Coast Sevens in round one, but failed to build on their momentum as they came third in Dubai last week as Fiji beat South Africa 29 – 17 in the final to win the Dubai Sevens. With Fiji winning last week it took them to 35 and second on the log, one point ahead of South Africa on 34 and four points behind the log leaders, New Zealand, on 39. A win by South Africa on the weekend can take them to second place or a possible first place if New Zealand fail to reach the finals.

The Springbok Sevens have made two changes with Steven Hunt coming in for Jamba Ulengo who injured his foot last week and Kwagga Smith will make his debut in place of Stephan Dippenaar who is out with a hamstring injury.

“Consistency is key for us and we will therefore look to keep our focus and do really well on day one. Our management and players know very well the importance of this tournament and the expectations of our home supporters,” said Neil Powell, Springbok Sevens Coach.

South Africa will play Canada at 12:50 on Saturday followed by Spain at 16:18 and Kanya at 19:58.

Springbok Sevens Squad: (caps)

Chris Dry (30)
Phillip Snyman (17)
Frankie Horne (52)
Kwagga Smith (0)
Sampie Mastriet (4)
Kyle Brown (35)
Branco du Preez (25)
Steven Hunt (20)
Justin Geduld (6)
Cecil Afrika (26)
Werner Kok (2)
Cheslin Kolbe (5)



6 Comments

  • The concern I have with our 7s side is that we tend to slip easy tackles too often and thus lose to teams that we are much better than.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.12.13 15:45:42 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Was at the 7′s last year and will be there this weekend. It is really a big party, lots of fun. [Lots of booze] Atmosphere is great!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.12.13 15:58:12 by KingsArmy Reply
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  • Hope they can win it this year. Go Bokke!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.12.13 22:25:22 by JD Reply
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  • @KingsArmy (Comment 2) : could possibly be the last time, so go big or go home ;-)

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.12.13 07:46:35 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • Yeah! Wouldn’t mind if they rotate the 7′s every year. That way everybody can enjoy it and it will always be full.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.12.13 13:43:34 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • Congrats to the BlitzBokke on a fitting and special victory yesterday coming from 14 points down in the final to beat the Kiwis!

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.12.13 09:25:19 by vanmartin Reply
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