Bokke plate too late



May 16, 2016
Bokke plate too late

PLAYMAKER: Seabelo Senatla. CREDIT: Sourced

Fiji all but crowned champs after SA fail in the quarters

Fiji opened up a 14-point Series gap on South Africa at the Paris Sevens yesterday.

Despite losing 29-26 to Samoa in the Cup final, the Fijians will head into the final leg of the series in London with a firm grip on the trophy.

The Blitzbokke, second on the Series log, need to win the final leg, and hope the islanders somehow fail in the Pool stage, if they are to win the title.

But SA again had to settle for a consolation prize after suffering a 21-10 defeat to Samoa in the Cup quarterfinal yesterday.

They then went on to beat New Zealand (29-19) in the semis and Australia (17-7) to lift the Plate.

In the final, Australia never really looked like threatening the Blitzbokke’s grip on the Plate, with Dylan Sage scoring the first try of the match after Seabelo Senatla collected a kick and put the youngster into space.

Playmaker Afrika then made an unusual error by slipping and failing to collect a kick from the Aussies to allow Boyd Killingworth to run through for their reply.

The conversion made it 7-5 for the Aussies.

But that was the last time they held the lead in the match.

Kyle Brown ran through for his team’s second try of the encounter, with Afrika’s conversion making it 12-7 at the break.

Francois Hougaard sparked the second half to life when he took a quick tap penalty to send Rosko Specman free for the Blitzbokke’s third try.

The missed conversion kept the Aussies in the game, but it was South Africa that dominated throughout.

Australia tried their best to break the Blitzbokke’s defence towards the end, but failed to do so.

Coach Neil Powell’s men only tasted gold in the Cup final once in the series – the home leg in Cape Town – and will be looking to finish the season and their preparations for the Olympic Games on a high in London next week.

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