Blitzbokke a true national treasure

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content on 7 Dec 2017 at 10:03
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All roads lead to Cape Town this weekend where the Blitzbokke will have their sights on back-to-back tournament wins after they beat New Zealand in the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens a week earlier.

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The Blitzbokke outplayed New Zealand 24 – 12 in the final to keep their flawless record in Dubai intact. The result not only means a second Emirates Airline Dubai Seven title in as many years, but also an early lead in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, had lots of praise to his team mates and management after they were crowned champions again.

“It was pretty pleasing to be back on the field with all the familiar faces and everybody delivered. We realised that although it was the same old faces, we needed a new effort and focus as this is a brand new season with new goals and objectives,” Snyman said.

“We have seen in the past that a good start in Dubai does give you momentum for the rest of the series, so that was pleasing that we could start on such a positive note. Also, we now look forward to the HSBC Cape Town Sevens next weekend, our only opportunity to play in front of our home crowd.”

The South Africans were again amongst the top performers in Dubai as Seabelo Senatla finished 5th highest points scorer with 35 which includes seven tries, the second highest. Branco du Preez scored the second highest points for the Blitzbokke with 30, which included 10 conversions. Cecil Afrika was the third highest points scorer for his team on 35. Senatla also had the fourth highest clean breaks, 8. Kwagga Smith made the second highest tackles, 19

Smith, Afrika and Senatla also featured in the Dubai Dream Team that was selected after the final whistle, while Smith was named man of the match.

Speaking ahead of the Cape Town tournament, Steinhoff Springbok Sevens Player of the Year nominee Rosko Specman said, “It is a fantastic feeling being here and getting ready to play this weekend.”

“It is our one chance to play at home and that is incredibly special for us. We want to make South Africa proud.”

Specman is also one of three candidates for the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Award for 2017.

South Africa’s first match is scheduled for 12:49 against Russia, followed by France at 16:10 and ending proceedings against Kenya at 19:56.

Pools for Cape Town Sevens:

Pool A: South Africa, Kenya, France, Russia
Pool B: New Zealand, Australia, Spain, USA
Pool C: England, Scotland, Argentina, Uganda
Pool D: Fiji, Samoa, Canada, Wales

The top five sides following the Dubai Sevens:

1. South Africa 22
2. New Zealand 19
3. England 17
4. Fiji 15
5. Australia 13

The Springbok Sevens team for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens:

1. Chris Dry
2. Philip Snyman (capt)
3. Tim Agaba
4. Kwagga Smith
5. Werner Kok
6. Kyle Brown
7. Branco du Preez
8. Rosko Specman
9. Justin Geduld
10. Cecil Afrika
11. Seabelo Senatla
12. Ruhan Nel
13. Siviwe Soyizwapi


  • It is fantastic to see that our guys are fit, WELL COACHED, and raring to go. A bit rusty but pushed through. Enjoyed it last week. Pity im not going to the cape.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.12.17 10:26:03 by Dunx Reply
  • @Dunx (Comment 1) : last year year was epic. Getting back home after the final and working the next day wasn’t fun but looking forward to this weekend 😀

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.12.17 10:50:02 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • I saw on the news now that the bookies doesn’t have any faith in the Sharks to succeed in SuperRugby next year. They reckon that of all the SA teams we stand the smallest chance of lifting the trophy. I personally think we can expect a stronger year than this year.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.12.17 11:17:43 by boertjie101 Reply

  • The more i watch the Blitzboks and how they are accruate, have a well thought out plan for each opponent, tackle aggressively….the more irritated i get thinking of the Bok performances this year. How are those two sides from the same country? Surely the fitness, skills and technical info the Blitzboks gets can be shared with the 15s guys…surely

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.12.17 11:34:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 1) @SheldonK (Comment 4) : : ‘WELL COACHED” most important aspect to me, agreed.

    @boertjie101 (Comment 3) : We will most definitely be stronger than last year, not only the Sharks, but the Bulls and Stormers too. Fair of the bookies not betting on us to lift any trophies just yet though, still have some ways to go but we will certainly do better than this year.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.12.17 13:41:56 by Quintin Reply

  • @boertjie101 (Comment 3) : That’s great. Love it when the Sharks have no chance.

    @SheldonK (Comment 4) : Yes but if the 7’s outfit tried to help the 15’s coaching team would they listen???? I think not. But I’m sure you knew that already

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.12.17 13:42:40 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 6) : Your comment is probably right and is why until that changes the Boks will not be Top5 in the world.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.12.17 14:21:10 by SheldonK Reply

  • Just for info sake, Akker has extended his contract with the Sharks for 2 more years today.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.12.17 18:09:04 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 8) : That is great news. I’m very excited to watch him become the best hooker in SA next year.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.12.17 06:45:06 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : Tough ask with Marx there but I think he can become a very good super-sub at the Boks, well, depending on who the coach is obviously.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.12.17 08:20:18 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 10) : Is how Bismarck thought about John Smit. I think Akker can get to the top spot. Marx is getting most of the airtime now , but things change.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.12.17 11:06:55 by coolfusion Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 8) : I saw that, great news but it left me wondering on what period his initial contract was for.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.12.17 13:48:52 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 10) : Agreed, but Akkers is much more effective in a free flowing game, where a fair amount of the ball is played in the wider channels.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.12.17 15:13:23 by Bump Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 8) : run that by me again? So the initial contract that he signed had already run out?

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.12.17 15:19:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : yes not sure how it worked but he signed a 2 year extension keeping him at the Sharks until 2019. Check Sharks Facebook page as Sharks made the announcement on there.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.12.17 22:57:37 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : seems it was for 6 months as the 2 year extension will keep him at the Sharks until 2019.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.12.17 22:58:50 by JD Reply
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  • Seems as if SA rugby just can’t catch a break. Blitzbokke (the only SA rugby team that’s performing and a credit to sa rugby) is sponsored by Steinhoff that’s now in very deep s&%#£!!! Just hope that does not detract from their performances!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.12.17 23:20:45 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : I think its probably fair to say that the only good thing about Steinhof at the moment are the Blitbokke .

    Steinhof sponsors Varsity rugby too……..I wouldnt be surprised if that upstanding Duitser Bosman fellow isnt one of their moral compasses. 😈 .

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.12.17 09:54:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Steinhof, Multichoice, Eskom, SAA…….skelms all over the place.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.12.17 09:55:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : BlitZZZZZZZZZZZZZbokke

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.12.17 10:49:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : hahaha you said Duitser Bosman and moral in the same sentence!!! If Steinhof is anything like Varsity rugby then there’s no compas ethical or moral nearby!!! Only thing that matters is the own interest and nothing else!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.12.17 23:50:09 by JD Reply
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