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BlitzBokke knock Samoa out

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:07
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South Africa knocked defending champions Samoa out of the Cup competition on Day One in Dubai, Round Two of the IRB Sevens World Series.

The BlitzBokke beat Samoa 26-0 to send the Pacific Islanders down to the Bowl competition.

SA captain Kyle Brown said the competition is "much tougher" these days.

"You have to punch all the way through and win that last game in your pool," he said of a game that saw the BlitzBokke score three unanswered second-half tries, after leading just 7-5 at the break.

"We're stoked to be in the quarterfinals and we'll give it out all."

Sampie Mastriet (in the first half), Branco du Preez, Werner Kok and Justin Geduld scored tries for the winners.

New Zealand, Fiji, SA and Wales won all three of their pool matches to progress to the Cup quarter finals and will be joined by Scotland who had an anxious wait and qualified ahead of Australia after Mic O'Connor's side lost to Wales, England, Kenya and Argentina. 

The current Series leaders New Zealand won all three of their matches against France, Portugal and Kenya, scoring 112 points and conceding just five, and will face Argentina after Los Pumas bounced back from a defeat South Africa in their opening match to beat Samoa and Russia, with Ramiro Moyano scoring a hat-trick in their third pool match. 

South Africa will come up against their former coach Paul Treu and his Kenyan side after topping Pool Pool D, while Ben Ryan's Fiji side will meet Scotland.

Fiji topped Pool C with a 26-21 win over Ryan's former side England in the final match of the day thanks to 11 points from Emosi Mulevoro.

England's new coach Simon Amor will come up against Wales in the fourth Cup quarterfinal and will have to think of plans to stop James Davies and Chris Knight who both scored four tries. 

Having lost to both South Africa and Argentina Samoa will now compete in the Bowl competition and face France, who lost all three of their matches on day one, in the quarter finals. 

Canada will also compete for the Bowl and meet Spain after finishing third in Pool C thanks to a 41-7 victory over the USA with Harry Jones scoring a hat-trick, while Portugal face Russia and Australia await the USA in the other two Bowl quarterfinals. 

New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens was obviously delighted with his team's finish.

"We've come on and our younger guys are really pushing into the team now," Tietjens said.

"We started scratchily this morning but we've kicked on and to get 40 points on the board against Kenya is great for us."

New Fijian coach Ben Ryan was a relieved man after his team had to come from behind to edge a plucky Canadian team 26-19 with a late score.

"It was close, started well, but we went a bit passive in defence and Canada put us under real pressure," Ryan said.

"A little bit of a get out of jail there.

"I am looking forward to seeing how the match with England goes," he said of their pool decider.

New Zealand's Tim Mikkelson was also happy to have remained unbeaten.

"Our first game we didn't start that well and got better as it went on so we wanted to start better here and I think we did that. I have never won here, so it would be good to do so," Mikkelson said.

Results by pools:

Pool A:
New Zealand 24-5 France
Kenya 10-7 Portugal
Kenya 14-5 France
New Zealand 38-0 Portugal
France 12-19  Portugal
New Zealand 40-0 Kenya

Pool B:
Australia 17-21 Scotland
Wales 38-0 Spain
Australia 45-0 Spain
Wales 31-19 Scotland
Scotland 21-14  Spain
Australia 14-19 Wales

Pool C:
England 47-7 Canada
Fiji 36-5 United States
England 28-5 United States
Fiji 26-19 Canada
Canada 41-7  United States
England 21-26 Fiji

Pool D:
South Africa 17-7 Argentina
Samoa 33-12 Russia
Samoa 12-19 Argentina
South Africa 34-5 Russia
Argentina 33-5  Russia
South Africa 26-5 Samoa

 

Day one highlights

 

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