BlitzBokke to build on Dubai showing

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 14:07
Large sevenssampiemastriet Large sevenschrisdryengland Large sevenskylebrownkenya Large sevensstephandippenaartry

BlitzBok coach Neil Powell says his team will look to build on their performance in Dubai in their home leg of the IRB Sevens World Series next weekend.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell says his team will look to build on their performance in the Dubai Sevens in their home leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Port Elizabeth next weekend.

Despite a courageous fight back in the second half, which saw them scoring three tries, the BlitzBokke were outplayed by Fiji, who deservedly won their first Dubai Sevens title on Saturday evening. They beat South Africa 29-17 in an absorbing Final after leading 19-0 at half-time.

Fiji were the odds on crowd favourites to lift the cup they have never managed to win in 14 attempts after their thrilling 44-0 semifinal win over New Zealand.  

However, they were made to work for their success, especially in the second half, when a depleted but determined South Africa simply refused to give up.

Injuries ruled out a trio of South African players - Frankie Horne, Stephan Dippenaar and Jamba Ulengo - and they were made to play for two minutes without Justin Geduld after he was yellow carded for a deliberate knock down of the ball when a rampant Fiji were on the attack.

Benito Masilevu scored twice and when Saiminosi Viriviri crossed for their third try, Fiji were able to go into half-time with a commanding 19-0 lead.

The Springbok Sevens, who won all their matches on their way to the Cup Final, made fewer errors in the second half and finally managed to string a few moves together.

They grew in confidence and this allowed Sampie Mastriet, Chris Dry and Cheslin Kolbe to cross the try-line.

Emosi Mulevoro scored Fiji’s fifth try to put the match out of reach of South Africa and in doing so capped a very successful weekend for the islanders.

Powell said Fiji deserved their victory: “Fiji were the better team and deserved to win. They started very positively, put us under huge pressure and really used their opportunities well.”

Powell added he was very  pleased how his team responded in the second half: “We knew we had to score first after the restart, gain some momentum and to put them under pressure. We tried our best but they proved too strong in the end.

“I am very proud of the boys and now we are looking forward to build on this performance next week at home in Port Elizabeth,” said Powell.

The BlitzBokke confirmed that Dippenaar has been ruled out of next weekend’s tournament with a hamstring injury.

Dippenaar and Jamba Ulengo (foot injury) were ruled out of action on Saturday while Frankie Horne sustained a leg injury in the 26-12 semifinal victory over England.

Powell said a replacement for Dippenaar will join the squad in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. “We have players in mind but will announce that on Tuesday morning. Stephan and Jamba flew back to Cape Town already [on Sunday] where they will both see specialists.”

Powell indicated there is a possibility that Ulengo might still be able to play. “We believe Jamba has a 50/50 chance to play, but we will not take any chances.  

“Frankie took a knock on his leg and we will see how he reacts to treatment before making any decision,” he added.

Fiji jumped to second place on the log and they now have 35 points, just four behind series leaders New Zealand (39), with South Africa (34) and England (32) within striking distance heading to Port Elizabeth.   

South Africa and the 15 other international teams arrive in Port Elizabeth on Monday evening.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Mon, 08 February 2016
UP-Tuks v NWU-Pukke 14h45 Pretoria
UWC v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
Maties v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Stellenbosch
UJ v NMMU-Madibaz 16h30 Johannesburg
Wits v TUT 16h30 Johannesburg
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 17h00 Cape Town
Fri, 12 February 2016
Treviso v Cardiff Blues 22h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Zebre 22h00 RDS Arena
Sat, 13 February 2016
France v Ireland 14h25 Paris
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Northampton Saints v London Irish 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Worcester Warriors v Bath 15h00 Sixways
Saracens v Wasps 15h00 Allianz Park
Wales v Scotland 16h50 Cardiff
Sun, 14 February 2016
Italy v England 14h00 Rome
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 16h00 Kingston Park
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 08 February 2016
UP-Tuks v NWU-Pukke 15 | 38
Sun, 07 February 2016
Ireland v Wales 16 | 16
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 11 | 14
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 20 | 13
Sat, 06 February 2016
Scotland v England 9 | 15
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 3 | 10
France v Italy 23 | 21
Harlequins v Northampton Saints 23 | 27
Wasps v Newcastle Falcons 9 | 8
Fri, 05 February 2016
Bath v Gloucester 11 | 15
Ulster v Dragons 17 | 15
Mon, 01 February 2016
Fort Hare v UWC 8 | 15
UKZN-Impi v Wits 26 | 18
Sun, 31 January 2016
Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins 26 | 19
Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs 15 | 30
SEVENS
MORE LOGS
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Zimbabwe 7s 1 0 0 0 1
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Japan Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens