Blitsbokke World Cup dream over

2013-07-01 00:00

THE Springbok Sevens’ dream came to an abrupt halt in dramatic fashion yesterday, as they lost 12-10 to Fiji in the quarter-finals of the Sevens Rugby World Cup.

The Blitsbokke couldn’t better their result at the last three World Cups as they put in a poor performance, allowed themselves to be dominated at the setpiece and generally didn’t take their opportunities, to continue their bad run against the island nation.

But considering the way they entered the game, it was understandable. As the International Rugby Board’s farcical judicial system robbed them of their captain Kyle Brown, the team left their hotel less than two hours before the game not knowing if he was available for the match.

In stark contrast to the games they played on the first two days, their match against Fiji was disjointed and not the free-flowing action that the team showed off in the opening three games.

Brown was cited for “making contact with the eyes” of a Scottish player in the final pool game on Saturday. Considering the footage showed that while attempting to make the tackle, Brown’s arm accidentally slipped up into the defender’s face, it was a perplexing decision, one which caught the South Africans by surprise as the referee didn’t see fit to penalise it.

New Zealand won the men’s title yesterday, outplaying England 33-0 in the final.

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