By Lucky Vince Pienaar
Not only is it good news that the Blitzboks have made it into the finals of the Dubai sevens, but the way they did it must bring a smile to the face of the severest critic of the South African team.
Three matches and three wins show serious intent. It’s too early to say, but just maybe, the Blitzboks are once again the team to beat.
South Africa started slowly in their opening match, playing against Samoa. Samoa scored first and again after ten minutes, but the Blitzboks turned up the heat, keeping Samoa on the backfoot with excellent tactical play. The Blitzboks scored four tries to run out comfortable winners.
Blitzboks (4 tries) 22-14 (2 tries) Samoa
Tries Blitzboks: Christie Grobbelaar, Rosko Specman, Shilton Van Wyk, Impi Visser
Tries Samoa: Faafoi Falaniko, Taunuu Niulevaea
Canada was on the back foot from the kick-off with the Blitzboks keeping them guessing with grubber kicks behind the advantage line that had the Canadians scrambling around for most of the match. Again the Blitzboks made it look easy.
Blitzboks (5 tries) vs (2 tries) Canada
Tries Blitzboks: Shilton van Wyk, Christie Grobbelaar, Selvyn Davids, Quewin Nortje (2).
Tries Canada: Kalin Sager, Lachlan Kratz
Let’s face it, the crunch match for the Blitzboks is the last pool match of the Dubai tournament: South Africa versus New Zealand. The Blitzboks, who had played with passion and imagination for the first two matches, suddenly seemed flat and were trailing the All Blacks by 12 points at the end of the first half.
But then the Blitzboks kicked into gear and scored two beautiful converted tries to take a two-point lead with 30 seconds to go.
Blitzboks (3 tries) 21-19 (3 tries) New Zealand
Tries Blitzboks: Quewin Nortje, Ronald Brown, Masande Mtshali
Tries All Blacks: Tepaea Cook Savage, Ngarohi Mcgarvey-Black, Moses Leo
Pictured above: Blitzboks in action.
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