Blitzbokke win Glascow Sevens

By May 6, 2013News

Quoted from www.supersportrugby.com

” The Springbok Sevens side capped a memorable weekend at the Glasgow Sevens by beating HSBC World Series champions New Zealand 28-21 to win their third tournament this season.

While the Blitzbokke are too far behind to catch the New Zealanders for the overall title, they produced another memorable weekend of excellence to go through the tournament unbeaten and add to their titles in Las Vegas and Tokyo.

With just under two months to go until the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, it bodes well for coach Paul Treu and his team, whose hard work and long hours has paid off big time.

Even without injured stars Kyle Brown, Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez, the Blitzbokke have sustained their own high standards, and came back after halftime to rattle the All Blacks to such an extent that they stole the game from underneath them.

The Blitzbokke opened the scoring early, when speedster and their player of the tournament Seabelo Senatla stepped off his left foot to smoke the Kiwi defence and speed through for the opening try.

The All Blacks did recover though, and it wasn’t long before they found a gap as first Lote Raikabula and then Kurt Baker scored to give them a 14-7 halftime lead.

Some stern words at the break saw the Blitzbokke regain their shape, and it wasn’t long before they placed the All Blacks under pressure, forcing a professional foul and a yellow card to Sherwin Stowers.

The card meant that the Blitzbokke were able to use their numerical advantage to send Steven Hunt in at the corner, and they followed that up a minute later with another try when Justin Geduld charged down a kick on the New Zealand goalline and Phillip Snyman pounced to score.

The Blitzbokke then produced the defining moment when Cornal Hendricks stretched over to score, despite New Zealand pleas for a double movement.

There were some tense moments at the end when Trinity Spooner-Nera scored to bring New Zealand within seven, but the Blitzbokke held out for the win.

Afterwards, an elated coach Paul Treu paid tribute to the All Blacks, who the Blitzbokke have beaten in all three of their finals this year.

“Credit to New Zealand, they’ve been the only consistent team this season and they deserve to be series winners,” Treu said after the win.

“But also credit to our players. We came into this tournament not knowing if our players would hold up. But the fighting spirit and character they showed was brilliant. I can really take my hat off to them and we can enjoy this one tonight.

“We are just glad we can finish the season on a high.”

Treu said the team’s performances this season – which ranged from high of winning to lows of not making the cup quarterfinals were necessary in their development ahead of the Sevens World Cup.

“Those low moments were needed for us to come back to where we are now. You can’t say we won anything but today we took our opportunities and were glad we won the tournament.”

Captain Frankie Horne had high praise for his players.

“The boys worked for each other. We put a team effort together. Hats off to New Zealand, they are a dangerous team that can strike at every moment, but the guys just stuck in there and grinded on until they got the result,” said Horne, who played in his 49th consecutive tournament.

The Blitzbokke will head to London for the final tournament in this year’s series, hoping to secure second spot on the log and for another great performance ahead of the RWC Sevens in June.”

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