Blitzboks off to the best possible start

By Lucky Maree

MATCH OF THE DAY. The Blitzboks need to win their first pool match in the Hong Kong HSBC Sevens for a number of reasons, not least of which is national pride.

To say that the Blitzboks have not had a great start to the season is an understatement. They managed to win, in great style, in Dubai, came second in Sydney but performed badly in the other five tournaments. They have tumbled from number one in the rankings to seventh.

The match against Ireland, who are celebrating their highest ranking at eighth, was always going to be a tight affair.

Playing in a constant drizzle the field is wet and so is the ball. Not great conditions for sevens.

Both teams are geared to defence and while the play moves from end to end, there is very little chance to cross the advantage line for either team. When Mfundo Ndhlovu breaks the line wide open halfway through the first half it seems unavoidable, but it comes after sustained pressure. Right on halftime Matt McDonald scores the equaliser. The scores are even as the teams head into the locker room.

In the second half the play is again cautious with the result endlessly important for both teams. With only one minute left to go, big Zain Davids gets the score right in the corner to break the deadlock. South Africa take the win with both hands.

The Blitzboks showed great composure while the scores were even and stuck to their structures to score the deciding try. They’re back in the game but it ain’t getting easier. The Blitzboks face New Zealand next in something like a final and then Kenya.

Blitzboks (2 tries) 14-7 (1 try) Ireland.

Pictured above: Blitzboks celebrate the winning moment

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