Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Blitzboks top pool despite loss to New Zealand

New Zealand's Sione Molia runs in to score against Samoa in Cape Town New Zealand's Sione Molia runs in to score against Samoa in Cape Town
Cassandra Castillo | 08 December, 2018, 21:56

Despite the loss, the Blitzboks topped Pool A and are expected to play at the cup quarter finals on Sunday.

Kenya Sevens will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing start at the season opening Dubai Sevens as the 2018/2019 World Rugby Sevens Series heads to Cape Town, South Africa this weekend.

France beat Kenya 21-17 at the same stage last weekend at the opening Dubai sevens and Murunga's men who must win the remaining fixtures to qualify for the quarters have to be at their best. New Zealand, who lost to Samoa on day one, will face Australia in the first round of the playoffs.

But England took a 12-7 lead at the breather after with Norton's unconverted try.

The second-half saw more of the same intensity as the first-half, it was South Africa who struck first as Werner Kol muscled his way over the try line from close range.

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Branco du Preez won a breakdown penalty two minutes from time.

It seemed South Africa could hold on to a win but New Zealand did not give up and scored a try with just a few seconds on the clock, the conversion went over and it meant it was level at 21-21 all.

Kenya is now at position three in pool C behind England, with three points same as France who were thrashed 50-0 by leaders Fiji in their opening fixtures.

The Blitzboks made amends for their defensive failings when they sacked a Kiwi ball-carrier behind the tryline after half-time.

The Blitzboks scored seven tries, with Siviwe Soyizwapi scoring a hat-trick, while Rosko Specman, Kyle Brown, Justin Geduld and Impi Visser also contributed five-pointers.

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