Blitzbokke trounce France to make quarters

2012-12-08 18:36

South Africa (5) 12

France (5) 5

The Blitzbokke are all but through to the Cup quarterfinals after a narrow and hard-fought win.

Australia showed great signs of improvement in their 26-7 win over Samoa, who were a pale imitation of their Dubai selves.

A win over Australia will cement their top spot in what has been a tough Pool A.

Paul Delport’s cheeky chip over a flat French line nearly resulted in a try, but the bounce was not kind for Cecil Afrika.

France was much sterner opposition and did not flinch in the face of fierce Blitzbokke tackling.

Paul Albaladejo seemed to have Frankie Horne’s numbers and indeed scored the first try when Horne lost the ball in contact, with Albaladejo gifted acres of space in which to canter in and score.

Afrika’s attentions ensured he would not get close to the poles.

Strikes from broken play were a feature of the match and Cornal Hendricks’ try sprung from one such phase. France attacked but undercommittted men to the breakdown. Hendricks snaffled the loose ball and hurtled downfield, only to be reeled in by a desperate French.

There was no Verdun resistance as France’s inability to roll away quickly from rucks hurt them as the quickly-taken penalty allowed Hendricks to dot down in the left-hand corner.

Ruwellyn Isbell’s pace and abrasiveness seemed to worry the visitors and his surges down the flank attracted plenty of attention. And with the game losing its free-flowing style due to the two sides being closely matched, it took a 15’s type try from Delport to separate the sides.

Taking a quick tap from another French ruck infringement, he muscled his way over the line despite the attentions of two French tacklers.

Besides a spirited rearguard to keep the French out of their own half, thereby denying them an opportunity to score, and the match petered out.

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