Blitzbokke out of world title race

BROUGHT TO GROUND: South Africa's Werner Kok is tackled during their encounter against Scotland during day two of the IRB Glasgow Sevens at Scotstoun Stadium yesterday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
BROUGHT TO GROUND: South Africa’s Werner Kok is tackled during their encounter against Scotland during day two of the IRB Glasgow Sevens at Scotstoun Stadium yesterday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

KENYA ended South Africa’s participation at the Glasgow Sevens with a rare 14-7 victory in their Plate semifinal rugby clash yesterday.

Earlier, hosts Scotland scored a surprise but deserved 12-7 win over the Blitz Boks in their Cup quarterfinal clash to relegate the South Africans to the Plate competition.

South Africa’s early exit effectively brought an end to the Springbok Sevens’ HSBC World Sevens Series title ambitions.

South Africa, missing Kyle Brown and Cecil Africa, started the Glasgow Sevens seven points adrift of World Series leaders New Zealand.

With just one more round to complete in London next weekend, the Springbok Sevens will have to set their sights on securing second position on the log table.

Against Scotland, Justin Geduld danced his way through several defenders on his way to scoring the opening try. However, Scotland had other plans and the tournament hosts hit back with two telling scores to lead 12-7 at the break. Richie Vernon and then Scott Riddell crashed over for tries to put the home team in front.

The second half was a huge forwards tussle, but Scotland stood firm in their defensive line to keep South Africa from another crucial try.

Meanwhile, Kenya also lost their quarterfinal to eventual Cup finalists Canada 14-5, which then set up an all-African Plate semifinal affair with the Blitzboks.

Humphrey Kayange scored twice before half-time to put Kenya 14-0 in front, with the Blitzboks struggling to get their hands on the ball.

During the second half Kenya, coached by former Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu, frustrated the South Africans with tenacious tackling. Geduld eventually managed to break free and score under the posts.

The hooter came a few seconds after the successful conversion kick to end defending champions South Africa’s participation.

  • In the final, New Zealand delivered a master-class performance in demolishing the Canadian challenge, swamping them 54-7 in a lop-sided contest.

The All Blacks were first to score to take a 7-0 lead and although the Canadians hit back with a splendid try to make it 7-7, there was no stopping the overall champions.

Taking a 28-7 lead into halftime, the New Zealanders crossed for a further four tries in the second half to secure an overwhelming victory. They should wrap up another IRB Series title in London this weekend.

 

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