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- Updated: April 4, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s Blitzboks sevens rugby team comfortably won their first two matches of the Japanese leg of the World Rugby Series in Tokyo on Saturday.
They opened their Pool C campaign with a 29-7 victory over Canada and speedster Seabelo Senatla was into the action from the get-go with a hat trick of tries.
There were also tries from Werner Kok and Kwagga Smith, with Branco du Preez converting two of them.
Their second pool match saw them taking on continental counterparts Kenya and they kept their opponents away from the tryline, with a 26-0 whitewash.
The Kenyans, coached by ex Blitzbok boss Paul Treu, wore black armbands in mourning for the more than 100 people massacred by extremists at the Garissa University this week.
The Blitzboks opened the scoring early on as Justin Geduld dashed over after some good interplay by skipper Kyle Brown and veteran Frankie Horne.
Still in the first half and it was Smith who rounded off a spectacular try that swept the length of the field after a quickly taken tap penalty in their own 22m area. Cecil Africa rounded off the first half’s scoring with the conversion and SA lead 14-0.
The second half saw Chris Dry brush off a good few Kenyan tackle attempts to cross over down the left flank to make it 19-0.
And then it was replacement Rosco Speckman who dotted down after the final hooter after a period of bruising Blitzbok pressure on the Kenyan line. Du Preez converted to give the Blitzboks a convincing 26-0 in this, their 750th international Sevens Series game.
The Blitzboks final pool match will be against the United States.
Picture of the Blitzboks’ half-time team talk courtesy of 24Sevens.