Impressive Sevens Boks down Scotland

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 6 Feb 2009 at 07:38
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The Springboks won their first match of the IRB Sevens World Series in Wellington this morning in impressive style when they beat Scotland 24-0 in a first round of pool matches where the top sides had to work hard for victory.

In the Boks’ clash with Scotland, the Scots were the early attackers, but were then forced to defend for most of the first half. South Africa’s Mpho Mbiyozo was unfortunate to be denied a try for what the referee deemed to be a double movement.

But with a surfeit of possession and a slickness on the attack coupled with the smothering defence that has become a feature of the Springboks’ play, the Scots couldn’t hold out for ever.

It was Rayno Benjamin who scored first for captain Mzwandile Stick to convert. Then Renfred Dazel made the play after an interception to link up with Benjamin and score himself after a run around to make it 12-0 at halftime.

Scotland had arrived with a new side and high hopes but with the score at 19-0 after another converted try by Benjamin, it was all over despite Kyle Brown’s yellow card for holding back a supporter.

However, the Scots squandered the penalty and Gio Aplon scored an unconverted try (24-0).

Worrying for South Africa’s coach Paul Treu would have been two lost lineouts and perhaps also the penalties at breakdown in a game marked by the few scrums.

In South Africa’s Pool A crowd favourites Kenya were made to work hard by Tonga but had too much speed and skill for the Islanders and won 21-14 after being square at halftime (7-7).

Home town favourites New Zealand succumbed to a shock 28-17 defeat to Wales while Australia scraped past Niue (22-17).

Al Caravelli’s United States side shocked Fiji in the third match of the day, scoring at the death to win 15-10 against a side obviously affected by the firing of national hero and coach Waisale Serevi during the week.

Earlier England twice came from behind to beat a gutsy France 26-10 and Canada surprised to draw with fancied Argentina 17-17.

Cook Islands forced the best out of Samoa, who eventually 12-5 with their greater experience making the difference.



  • So New Zealand lost against Wales!!! bwahahahahahaha :mrgreen:

    Australia scraped past Niue.


  • Comment 1, posted at 06.02.09 07:40:45 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Got up early this morning to watch the Bok 7’s down Scotland and Tonga 😎

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.02.09 07:55:51 by Charlie Reply

  • So we beat Tonga as well… Nice!!!

    What was the score??? 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.02.09 08:01:55 by wpw Reply
  • I caught the tonga game as well 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.02.09 08:14:16 by PJLD Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) : Paul Treu’s side hardly put a foot wrong in dispatching first Scotland 24-0 and then a dangerous Tongan side 22-5.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.02.09 08:18:58 by Charlie Reply

  • England just got whomped by Argy-Bargy: 13-5.
    Ok, not a whomping, but I still like it.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.02.09 10:23:48 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 6) :

    What’s a ‘whomping’ 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.02.09 10:25:03 by wpw Reply
  • Well done Boks! 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.02.09 10:28:38 by McLovin Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 7) : uh… isn’t it universal? 😳

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.02.09 10:40:12 by molly Reply
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  • Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, the England stars, were sold for US$ 1.55 million each at the IPL auction on Friday, making them the highest-paid cricketers in the Twenty20 league.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.02.09 10:43:43 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : 😳 That was meant for the friday thread. 😳

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.02.09 10:44:33 by McLovin Reply

  • Quarterfinals schedule:

    Tonga v Niue
    Samoa v France
    Canada v Cook Islands
    Australia v Scotland

    Kenya v Wales
    Fiji v England
    Argentina v US
    New Zealand v South Africa

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.02.09 15:44:29 by McLovin Reply

  • You have got to be kidding me!!! 😯 👿

    We actually face NZ in the 1/4 finals. Dammit!!! 😕

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.02.09 15:52:38 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 13) : That’s what we get for losing to Kenya. 👿

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.02.09 15:55:00 by McLovin Reply


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