Blitsbokke defeat Kiwis to book France clash

2011-12-03 00:00

DUBAI — South Africa scored a morale-boosting 21-5 win over New Zealand yesterday to top Pool B at the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens and to book a quarter-final clash against France this morning.

The Blitsbokke started impressively and dominated possession in the first half, crossing the tryline twice before scoring at their third attempt when captain Kyle Brown fittingly dotted down after Branco du Preez and Mark Richards were both held up in the tackle.

Robert Ebersohn then took a Boom Prinsloo backhand pass to score under the post to give South Africa a well-earned 14-0 lead at the break.

DJ Forbes replied for the Kiwis after Frankie Horne had lost the ball. Teen replacement William Small-Smith took the ball at full speed on the sharp angle to burst through near the post to seal the match for the Springboks.

Coach Paul Treu was satisfied with the performance against the Kiwis, but cautioned that the unpredictable French will be formidable opposition today.

“New Zealand are formidable on attack and we needed to stick to our game plan, which I think worked very well … Overall, I am well pleased, but it all starts from scratch tomorrow against France,” said Treu.

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