Blitsbokke beat Kenya 38-14 in Plate Final

2014-05-12 00:00

LONDON — Inspired by the in-form Seabelo Senatla, the Springbok Sevens defeated Kenya 38-14 in the Plate Final of the Marriot London Sevens at Twickenham to finish the HSBC Sevens World Series in second place behind New Zealand.

The speedster was in superb form and his three tries against Kenya was in fact his second hat-trick of the day after he led his team to a thrilling 24-17 comeback victory against Samoa in the semi-finals. He finished the tournament as the top try scorer after collecting an impressive 13 tries over two days.

The Springbok Sevens were missing Kyle Brown, Cecil Afrika and Stephan Dippenaar, while Werner Kok also suffered a leg injury yesterday.

South Africa lost 32-5 against rivals New Zealand in the quarter-finals and had to dig deep against Samoa, who led half time 17-0. However, a hat-trick by Senatla and a try by Philip Snyman paved the way for a Plate Final showdown with Kenya.

Kenya defeated South Africa in the Plate semis last week in Scotland and the Springbok Sevens were in no mood to suffer a similar feat yesterday at Twickenham.

Senatla opened the scoring and he was quickly followed by Kwagga Smith and Frankie Horne, enabling the Blitsbokke to enjoy a half-time lead of 19-7. Senatla then scored a quick brace after the break, while Jamba Ulengo also added his name to the scorers list.

Afterwards, Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell said he was proud of the way his team fought back after their loss against New Zealand. Powell, in his first full season in charge, led the Blitzbokke to two Cup titles — in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas — and his outfit also played in five consecutive Cup Finals.

•New Zealand won the HSBC Sevens World Series title for a fourth consecutive year after finishing the season on 180 points. The Springbok Sevens finished second on 152 points.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.