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Samurai cruise through Day One

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:50
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The star-studded Samurai and Kenyan teams cruised unbeaten through Day One at the George Premier League Sevens tournament on Saturday.

Samurai, the South African Academy team with a number of first-choice SA Sevens stars added in for good measure, accumulated 128 points in their three matches.

The whitewashed the Eye of the Tiger selection 38-0, Kaizer Chiefs 45-10 and the Sharks 45-7.

Paul Treu's Kenyan team - disguised as Shujaa - was only slightly less impressive as they beat the Titans 19-14, the Cheetahs 34-12 and host SWD 22-12.

For their troubles Samurai will face Living Ball in the Cup quarterfinals and Kenya will come up against Western Province.

Cup quarterfinals:
Kaizer Chiefs v SWD
Samurai v Living Ball
Unlimited Titans v Sharks
Kenya v Western Province

Bowl semifinals:
Eye of the Tiger v Cheetahs
Leopards v Masakhane Old Boys

The pre-tournament favourites, Kenya Shujaa and Samurai, were the only unbeaten teams.

Both teams topped their respective pools and look favourites to reach the semifinals on Sunday.

Crowd favourites Kaizer Chiefs, coached by Gqobani Bobo and Breyton Paulse, also ended top of their pool and will face the home team, SWD Eagles in the first quarterfinal match.

Another favourite, the Unlimited Titans making their debut in the tournament, only lost against the strong Kenyan outfit, coached by former BlitzBok coach Paul Treu, and also reached the quarterfinals, where they will come up against the Sharks.

The Cheetahs had a disappointing day and failed to reach the Cup quarters.

They will play in the Bowl semifinals against Eye of the Tiger.

All the Day One results:
Kaizer Chiefs 52-0 Masakhane Old Boys
Sharks 26-26 Western Province
Eye of the Tiger 0-38 Samurai
Titans 14-19  Kenya
Cheetahs 24-21 Leopards
SWD 26-21 Living Ball
Kaizer Chiefs 10-45 Samurai
Sharks 26-5 Masakhane Old Boys
Eye of the Tiger 5-43 Western Province
Titans 26-19 Living Ball
Cheetahs 12-34 Kenya
SWD 10-26 Leopards
Kaizer Chiefs 22-19 Western Province
Sharks 7-45 Samurai
Eye of the Tiger 12-14 Masakhane Old Boys
Titans 24-5 Leopards
Cheetahs 10-29 Living Ball
SWD 12-22 Kenya

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