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- Updated: March 27, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
The Blitzboks opened the Hong Kong leg of their World Rugby Sevens Series campaign with a 24-0 win over a game Argentine on Friday.
Seeking an elusive first ever tournament win at this popular venue, the Blitzboks led 12-0 at the halftime break and doubled that tally in the second half.
The opening period of the Pool C match saw South Africa with the bulk of possession but with a hard-pressing Argentine defence keeping most of the play in the SA half.
First to cross the line for Neil Powell’s side was Cecil Africa, the playmaker timing his run perfectly before going over for his 120th Series try.
Branco du Preez converted and the next score came in added time after Werner Kok broke through, hoofed ahead and then it was a toss-up who would pick the ball up and Seabelo Senatla soared over in spectacular fashion.
Halfway through the second half it was Kwagga Smith who got his 19th Sevens Series try after an attempted interception by Argentina was knocked on and Smith was on hand to collect and trot over from close in. Du Preez converted to make it 190.
Then with 24 seconds on the clock Kok scored a try for himself after some broken play, the pony-tailed player going over down the left and replacement Justin Geduld’s conversion attempt went just under the cross bar. Final score 24-0 and now South Africa face Japan and France in Saturday’s action.