Wellington Sevens: BlitzBoks see off Aussies

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 04:38
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DAY ONE, ROUND TWO WRAP: South Africa showed their mettle in their second-round match against Australia on Day one of the Wellington Sevens.

The BlitzBoks scored four unanswered tries to bag a 28-0 win over the Aussies to secure their place in the Cup quarterfinals with Fiji, who smashed Japan 56-0.

New Zealand also secured their place in the last eight with a win over France, while there was also an impressive win for the USA over Samoa.

England and Canada are also unbeaten with two wins each.

Pool A:
(England, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Argentina)

Kenya were disappointed after their opening game defeat to Argentine and Papua New Guinea provided them with a perfect opportunity to bounce back

Mistimed tackles cost Papua New Guinea dearly in the opening exchanges with Willy Ambaka bagging a brace for Kenya after good work at the breakdown by Andrew Amonde. 

But it was party time for Papa New Guinea soon after as William Tirang burst through for his first-ever Sevens Series try.

However, it was Kenya who would have the final say in the first half with a converted try to lead 19-5 at the break.

Kenya scored another four tries in the second half to complete a 47-5 win.

Meanwhile, England could do no wrong in their second game of the day when they beat Argentina 26-7.

Dan Norton opened the scoring before another crossed the whitewash for a 12-0 lead.

A clever individual score from Tom Mitchell wrapped up a superb first-half effort for England, which also brought up Mitchell's 1000th Sevens Series point in his 37th tournament. 

England scored another two tries to just the one from Argentina in the second half. However, the Pumas will fancy their chances later in the day against Papua New Guinea.

Results:

Kenya 47-5 Japan
England 26-7 Argentina
England 40-0 Papua New Guinea
Argentina 17-12 Kenya

Pool B:
(Fiji, Australia, South Africa, Japan)

After bagging a convincing win over Australia, Fiji next faced Japan and there was a real gulf in talent between the two sides.

Four converted tries in the first half gave Fiji a 28-0 lead at half-time as Japan struggled with their one-on-one tackles.

It was a repeat in the second half with the Olympic gold medallists scoring another four converted tries to round off a 56-0 win.

The match between South Africa and Australia was a more entertaining affair, but the BlitzBoks were still too strong for their Southern Hemisphere rivals.

Werner Kok opened the scoring after five minutes with Branco du Preez converting for a 7-0 lead. That would be the only score in the first half.

In The second half, the BlitzBoks brought the heat and they soon doubled their score after Siviwe Soyizwapi crossed the whitewash.

Two further tries from Dylan Sage and Chris Dry sealed a convincing 28-0 win for the World Series leaders.

Results:

South Africa 28-0 Australia
Fiji 56-0 Japan
Fiji 26-12 Australia
South Africa 33-0 Japan

Pool C: 
(New Zealand, Samoa, USA, France)

After their stalemate with France in their opening game, the USA needed a win against Samoa to keep their Cup Final hopes alive.

The USA started off well and soon found themselves 12-0 ahead after two fantastic tries.

Alamanda Motuga then put Samoa right back in this contest with a try of his own. Bursting with confidence, he powered through tackles after going down the outside with a neat stutter step before to surging to the line.

However, Martin Iosefo keeps his cool at the other end to squeeze effortlessly through a gap and extend USA's lead before the break.

In the second half, some outstanding handling by Stephen Tomasin keeps the ball alive and Matai Leuta is up off the deck and in support to score his sixth Sevens Series try for the USA. 

Samoa's Joe Perez then powered past his man on the flank to score his first Sevens Series try. However, it was too little in the end as the USA won 24-12.

In New Zealand's match with France, there was early scare for the as Terry Bouhraoua embarked on a searing run, but it came to nothing.

Instead, the hosts took the lead after Rocky Khan went over the whitewash.

Speedster Sherwin Stowers increased the lead with try of his own before Jeremy Aicardi gets a try back for the French  

Both teams scored a try each in the second half but it was the hosts who walked away with a 21-14 win.

Results:

New Zealand 21-14 France
USA 24-12 Samoa
New Zealand 33-7 Samoa
USA 21-21 France

Pool D:
(Wales, Canada, Scotland, Russia)

After edging Scotland in their opening game, Canada continued their fine form in Pool D on Day One when they beat Wales 28-5.

It was the two leaders in Nathan Hirayama and Harry Jones who put the North Americans in a commanding position with two converted tries in the first half to give their side a 14-0 lead at the break.

It was more of the same in the second half, with Hirayama and Jones crossing the whitewash again either side of a solitary Welsh score to seal a great win.

After going down to Canada in their opening game, Scotland finally came to the party with a hard-fought win over Russia.

Tries from James Fleming and Gavin Lowe gave them a 12-5 win, but it was far too close at half-time with the scores at 5-5.  

Results:

Wales 5-28 Canada
Scotland 12-5 Russia
Wales 33-0 Russia
Scotland 19-28 Canada

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