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Deja vu as Blitzbokke win South African leg


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens on 15 Dec 2014 at 10:24
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In a repeat of last year’s final, the Blitzbokke reclaimed the South African leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series when they beat New Zealand 26 – 17 in front of a 36 504 strong crowd in Port Elizabeth last night.

Last night’s win means South Africa shot up to the top of the standings on 59 pionts, with back-to-back wins, after beating Australia 33 – 7 in Dubai last week.

South Africa qualified for the Cup Quarter Final after comfortably beating USA 26 – 0, Kenya 38 – 7, and Wales 36 – 0 during the group stages.

They also had an easy run against England in the Quarter Final beating them 31 – 7, setting up a Cup Semi-Final against Australia.

Australia was leading 10 – 0 at half time, but three second half tries through Branco du Preez, Kyle Brown and Werner Kok secured a 19 – 10 win for the Blitzbokke, which meant a Cup Final against old foes New Zealand.

New Zealand took a five point lead through a Sherwin Stowers try after just two minutes, conversion was missed by Gillies Kaka. Philip Snyman scored the equalising try two minutes later, Branco du Preez was unsuccessful with the conversion as scores were tied at 5 all.

South Africa took the lead after eight minutes through a Cecil Afrika try, du Preez added the extras as they took a 12 – 5 lead. Poor defense allowed Joe Webber to score on half time, Kaka failed to convert as South Africa took a 12 – 10 lead into the half time break.

Seabelo Senatla opened the scoring in the second half, du Preez added the extras to give the Blitzbokke a 19 – 10 lead with eight minutes to play. Webber scored his second try half way through the half to take his team within two points after Kaka converted, as New Zealand trailed 17 – 19 with five minutes left.

Kwagga Smith put the final nail in New Zealand’s coffin when he scored the winning points for the Blitzbokke, Africa converted to take the final score to 26 – 17.

Senatla finished the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens as the second highest points scorer on 40 , 3 tries less then Australia’s Pama Fou who finished first on 55 points, Du Preez finished fourth on 39 points.

Round 4 of the HSBC World Sevens Series will take the teams to Wellington, New Zealand, where South Africa will head up Pool A along with USA, France and Japan.

The standings after three rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series are:

1. South Africa 59
2. Fiji 51
3. New Zealand 47
4. Australia 46
5. Argentina 40
6. England 37
7. Samoa 29
8. Scotland 27
9. USA 26
10. Wales 25



15 Comments

  • Big question this: what are the Blitzbokke doing right in terms of both skill-set and mindset in order to more consistently beat a time like the New Zealand seven than their union counterparts?

    Furthermore, could there be a benefit in more knowledge sharing between the two codes?

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.12.14 10:49:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : I have to say, we do look more organised, I think there’s a respect between the players and coach. Powell is a doer he gets involved in the warm ups and run around with the players. I think also having all the players fit also helps

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.12.14 11:04:50 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 2) : ja having all the players fit does help but must say I do think there is a huge believe in the team and it looks as if the guys are playing for each other!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.12.14 12:04:21 by JD Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 2) : I’d argue that Meyer has more player resources at his disposal than Powell does (but I may be wrong on this).

    *Not trying to say Meyer is terrible but rather just asking what the Blitzbokke are getting right and can Meyer’s team benefit from that?

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.12.14 16:14:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : I believe it has to do with Powell’s ability to utilise the strengths of his players to compliment his game-pan, as apposed to HM selecting and coaching based on his preconceived cookie-cutter game-plan.

    It’s a skill that seemingly very few coaches possess.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.12.14 16:20:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : that’s a fact!!!! Some coaches disregard good players just because they don’t fit into their game plan as opposed to using the players skills to beter their game plan!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.12.14 22:56:10 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : You’ll be interested to know that True has joined up with WP/Stormers…no news on what his coaching role will be, but we’ll get to see which skills a 7′s coach can bring to the big game.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.12.14 07:00:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : That should be interesting

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.12.14 09:42:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : @vanmartin (Comment 8) : think he will be great as an attacking coach. Pitty Sharks did not get him!!!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.12.14 14:25:36 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 9) : amazingly enough, they’re using him to replace defence coach Jacques Nienaber….

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.12.14 14:40:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I think they want to use defence as an attacking weapon and be more clinical on turn over ball

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.12.14 10:07:37 by Chippa Reply

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  • Blitzbokke have now beaten the All Blacks 7s 9 time out of the last 10

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.12.14 10:39:09 by Baylion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Yep, Nienaber now with the Boks, just to make watching Bok games more enjoyable. I wonder if Morne Steyn wont be looked at with new glasses in view of the upcoming world cup.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.12.14 10:53:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : ja I heard that. Does not make a whole lot of sense for me but hey best of luck to them.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.12.14 21:41:21 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : great to hear! !!! They’re doing really good this year hope they can keep it up for the rest of the season! !!

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.12.14 21:43:51 by JD Reply
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