Blitsbokke sink to their lowest ebb with loss to Scotland

2014-05-05 00:00

THE Springbok Sevens sunk to their lowest ebb in this year’s HSBC World Series as they lost 12-7 to hosts Scotland in the quarter-finals of the Glasgow Sevens yesterday.

With the loss they also saw their hopes of catching defending World Champions New Zealand sink as it became a near impossibility to overhaul the most consistent side in Sevens history.

Playing in muddy and wet conditions, the Blitsbokke were on the wrong side of the whistle and took way too much contact against a motivated Scottish outfit that have not lost a game this weekend in Glasgow.

But when Justin Geduld scored early on, it looked like their experience and composure would be enough to counter the Scots after absorbing the early pressure. Then the mistakes crept in and Scotland grew in confidence, surging forward and scoring late in the first half through Richie Vernon before adding a second through Scott Riddell in a try the Blitsbokke contested even though their pleas fell on deaf ears.

As the Blitsbokke tried to regain their foothold, the Scots simply waited for the mistake and it came, giving them a famous victory in front of a boisterous home crowd.

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