‘Dreadlocked demons’ blitz to quarterfinals

2014-12-14 15:00

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South Africa’s “dreadlocked demons” sprinted confidently towards the quarterfinals on day one of the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Series in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

The Blitzbokke, looking for back-to-back tournament wins after taking the Dubai Sevens a week ago, beat an aggressive American side 26-0 in their opening game and next had too much fire power for Kenya to win 38-7.

Determined to not only repeat the victory, which they dedicated to Nelson Mandela last year, but to take over the lead from Fiji on the overall standings, the Blitzbokke confidently rode the wave of home support to win their opening two games.

With their final engagement of the pool stages being against Wales (later last night), Kyle Brown and his men had the extra motivation of wanting to avenge their compatriots in the Springbok side who lost to the “Dragons” in Cardiff in their last outing of the season.

But in their second match, the Welsh suffered a massive reversal by going down 38-12 to the US Eagles.

Seabelo Senatla’s searing pace was again a key factor as he repeatedly carried the ball over the goal line to confirm his status as the leading try-scorer in this year’s tournament.

Cecil Afrika scored a try against the Kenyans, but with Branco du Preez taking the goal kicks, he missed out on claiming the record as South Africa’s leading point-scorer in Sevens.

Afrika was substituted in the game against Kenya, but it seemed certain he would add the three points he needed – 923 to 925 – to overtake Fabian Juries as the Blitzbokke’s all-time highest point scorer.

In the other pools, Fiji, New Zealand, England, Australia, Argentina and Scotland were on track to join the Blitzbokke and the US Eagles in the last eight today.

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