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8-try Blitzboks put hapless Japan to the sword in Dubai

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Blitzboks captain Siviwe Soyizwapi (Photo by David Van Der Sandt/Gallo Images)
Blitzboks captain Siviwe Soyizwapi (Photo by David Van Der Sandt/Gallo Images)

The Springbok Sevens team started the second World Rugby Sevens event in Dubai on a high note with a crushing win over Japan on Friday.

MATCH CENTRE | Dubai Sevens

The Blitzboks 48-0, after leading 24-0 at half-time.

It was an utterly dominant display by the South Africans, who ran in eight tries against an outclassed and shell-shocked Japanese outfit.

The Blitzboks won last weekend's first Dubai Sevens event after a 42-7 win over the USA in the Cup final and are the top seeds this weekend.

Later on Friday, they will tackle Ireland (13:04 SA time) and Great Britain (18:33) to complete their Pool A action.

Scorers:

SA

Tries: Impi Visser, JC Pretorius, Shilton van Wyk, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Zain Davids, Selvyn Davids, Ronald Brown, Shaun Williams

Conversions: Branco du Preez (2), Brown (2)

There was also a bizarre moment in the first half when four Japanese players tried to hold up Blitzbok playmaker Selvyn Davids.

The Japanese quartet couldn't dislodge the ball from Davids, and because the SA star's knees hadn't touched the ground, the referee couldn't stop play.

Two Japan players eventually surrendered to give up possession, with SA scoring soon afterwards.

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