U18 Blitsbokke in quarters at Youth Games

2011-09-12 00:00

CAPE TOWN — After winning two of their three games on the first day, the South African U18 Sevens team reached the quarter-finals at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man in the knock-out stage late yesterday afternoon.

South Africa finished second in Pool B after big wins over Sri Lanka and Trinidad & Tobago, but they came unstuck in the last game against England and lost a tight encounter 7-5.

The South Africans won both their first two games by 62-0, but failed to perform in the vital final fixture and squandered several try-scoring opportunities in their only defeat.

Justin Geduld proved to be the star of the match in the first victory over Sri Lanka as the playmaker claimed four tries. Jan Serfontein, Carel Swart, Cheslin Kolbe, Burger Odendaal, Dries Swanepoel and Andre Esterhuizen also crossed the chalk to seal a convincing victory.

South Africa carried their momentum into their Trinidad & Tobago clash, scoring 10 tries. Sean Robinson grabbed the team’s second hat-trick of the day. Against England, it was a close and physical match. After a scrappy start, England managed to score first through Scott Stirling. South Africa had the chances to hit back, but were held out by a strong English defence.

In the other quarter-finals, Australia played Trinidad & Tobago, Isle of Man face England and Scotland took on Sri Lanka.

Match results were not available at the time of going to print. — Sport24.

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