Cape Town Sevens: NZ show BlitzBoks who's the boss

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:18
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DAY TWO, SEMIFINALS WRAP: New Zealand advanced to the Cup Final at the Cape Town Sevens when they beat the BlitzBoks in the semifinals on Sunday.

New Zealand will face Argentina in the Cup Final, after the South Americans narrowly beat Canada in the other Cup semifinal.

Cup semifinals:

South Africa 12-19 New Zealand

South Africa made a blistering start with captain Philip Snyman going over for a try after some great interplay inside the New Zealand half.

New Zealand got a player sent to the sin bin before Tim Mikkelson got his side on the scoreboard with a converted try.

But it was the BlitzBoks who ensured they had the lead at half-time when Cecil Afrika went over for a try. At half-time, the BlitzBoks were leading 12-7.

Vilimoni Koroi gave NZ the perfect start in the second half when he raced away for a try in the opening minute to level matters at 12-12.

With the clock winding down, New Zealand took the lead with two minutes left after a brilliant build-up in their own half to score a try.

The BlitzBoks tried to find an equalising score near the death, but it was not to be as New Zealand advanced to the Final.

Canada 12-14 Argentina

It was an evenly contested first half between Canada and Argentina in the second Cup semifinal.

After both sides scored a converted try each it looked like it will be all square at the break. However, Canada squeezed in a score just before half-time for a 12-7 lead.

Argentina took the lead after two minutes in the second half with a converted try.

That was the last bit of scoring in the game with Argentina hanging on to advance to the Final. 

Fifth place semifinals:

Fiji 19-12 England

Fiji used their physicality and their offloading abilities to good effect in their match against the English.

Two tries in the first half ensured the Pacific Islanders headed into the break 12-0 ahead.

England hit back early in the second half with a try, before Dan Norton brought his side back into it with another score.

However, Fiji walked away with the victory with a try in the dying stages of the match.

France 12-29 USA

The USA got back to winning ways after their Cup quarterfinal loss to Argentina.

They were well in control in the first half with three tries to just the one from France to lead 19-7.

Another two tries in the second half ensured the USA walked away with a comfortable victory.

Trophy semifinals:

Samoa 0-24 Spain

It was all Spain in the first half as they scored two converted tries to lead 14-0 at the break.

Spain scored another two tries in the second half against a tired looking Samoan side to eventually win 24-0.

Australia 42-5 Wales

Australia produced a clinical performance in their match against Wales.

The Aussies scored two tries in the first half to just the one from Wales to lead 14-5 at the break. 

There was no stopping Australia in the second half as they scored another four tries to eventually win 42-5.

Thirteenth place semifinals:

Kenya 33-12 Scotland

Kenya scored two tries in the first half, while Scotland only managed a solitary try. At half-time, it was 12-7 in favour of Kenya.

Kenya scored another three tries in the second half to just the solitary score from Scotland to eventually win 33-12.

Russia 19-28 Uganda

Russia opened the scoring in their match with Uganda, but they could not keep out a firing Uganda side.

The Ugandans scores three tries in the first half to lead 21-12 at the break

Both sides added to their tallies with a try each in the second half with Uganda eventually winning 28-19.


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