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Blitzboks face Kenya in Dubai Sevens II Cup quarters Final

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The Blitzboks finished their first day at the Dubai Sevens II on a high note, bringing down Great Britain 21-7 in their last pool match to dominate Pool An and move into the quarterfinals.

The Blitzboks will confront Kenya in their quarterfinal on Saturday after the other African side finished as the best third positioned finisher to slip into the end of the season games.

Yet, following a day where they beat Japan 48-0 and Ireland 21-12 in their other two pool games, the last game was significantly more physical, however was won by and by the predominant breakdown abilities of the Blitzboks.


Their hard running style likewise brought on some issues for Great Britain and Zane Davids was a steady cerebral pain, highlighting twice in the initial move that saw him at last adjust it to score and open the scoring.

Shilton van Wyk added another first-half attempt before Great Britain hit back with a late take a stab at the halftime whistle through Alex Davis.

The subsequent half was a genuine arm wrestle and regularly the breakdown punishments were confounding, however the Blitzboks continued to pound on protection lastly were compensated, with Ronald Brown appearance a turn of speed to run in immaculate beyond three safeguards for an extraordinary attempt.

The greatest astonishment of the day was Olympic heroes Fiji not making the quarterfinals, after they experienced a shock 33-19 misfortune to Spain.

Spain didn’t qualify either however, with France and Argentina the different sides who qualified.

CUP QUARTERFINALS ON SATURDAY (ALL TIMES CAT, GMT+2):

7:44am Australia v Ireland
8:06am Argentina v Great Britain
8.28am USA v France
8:50am South Africa v Kenya.

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Unbeaten Blitzboks down Great Britain, set to face Kenya in Cup quarter-final

The South Africans ran three attempts through Zain Davids, Shilton van Wyk and Ronald Brown with Branco Du Preez and Brown adding the conversions.Meanwhile, the British answered with a sole attempt through Alex Davis with Robbie Fergusson changing over the attempt.

The success sees the Springboks Sevens win their twentieth continuous World Rugby Sevens Series match.

Prior on Friday, the Blitzboks traveled to triumphs in their Pool A games over Japan (48-0) and Ireland (21-12).

In Saturday’s Cup quarter-finals, the South Africans will confront Kenya at 08:50 SA time.

Blitzbok mentor Neil Powell said a while later that despite the fact that his side played well on assault, they some way or another couldn’t get into their full step.

“Possibly that was because of our type of last end of the week, with the groups coming out to toss everything at you,” said Powell.
“I think we truly buckled down on our protective framework, despite the fact that there are still some opportunity to get better.”

As to’s quarter-last against Kenya in the knockout stages, Powell said: “An African derby will consistently be an actual one, so we need to ensure we make our handles – we should make those one-on-ones stick.”

The Blitzboks won last end of the week’s first Dubai Sevens occasion after a 42-7 success over the USA in the Cup last and are the top picks to win indeed this end of the week.

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