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Blitzboks off to a much-needed winning start as they down top-seeded Pumas at London Sevens

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After a weekend to forget at the Toulouse Sevens last week, the Blitzboks bounced back in London with a breathless 26-19 win over top-seeds Argentina. 

Dewald Human opened the scoring for South Africa after he took a brilliant line to take a pop pass from a ruck to cruise over from 25 metres out. 

Ronald Brown added the conversion as the Blitzboks opened up a 7-0 lead after four minutes. 

Argentina struck back almost immediately with some impressive play of their own as Tobias Wade scored a converted try to tie things up at 7-7 after seven minutes. 

Some individual brilliance from Muller du Plessis gave the Blitzboks a 14-7 lead as he spotted space in behind the Puma defence, kicked ahead, collected and scored a converted try.

Neil Powell's men couldn't have started the second half any better as James Murphy scored an unconverted try for a 19-7 lead after Argentina failed to control the kick-off. 

The ebb and flow of the match continued as Argentina worked space for flyer Marcos Moneta and he cruised to a converted try, making the score 19-14 in favour of the Blitzboks.

A mistake straight from the restart saw Argentina score again, this time through German Schulz, as the scores were tied at 19-19 with four minutes left. 

Angelo Davids put the South Africa back in the lead, again employing the space behind the Argentinian defence to kick into, collect and score an a converted try as the Blitzboks extended their lead to 26-19.

Despite the Pumas having all the possession in the final minutes, the Blitzboks defence held out to secure a vital win. 

Their next match on Saturday is against Ireland and kicksoff at 14.22.


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