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Fiji whitewash gives Blitzboks chance of revenge against NZ
- Updated: January 31, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Smarting after their final Pool A loss to New Zealand, the Blitzbok Sevens have the perfect chance for revenge…. and victory will mean they win the Wellington leg of the World Sevens Series.
Neil Powell’s charges are truly on the charge this weekend, with only that 14-19 setback to the Kiwis interrupting an impressive run of form – 28-5 against Scotland, 54-0 against Russia, 26-14 against Australia in the quarter-finals, and, wait for it!… a 31-0 whitewash against Fiji.
Yes Fiji, for so often the Blitzboks’ nemesis in recent years. The mental boost this will give the Blitzboks in this, an all-important Olympic year, can’t even be calculated.
Once again it was speedster Seabelo Senatla who can’t be kept out of the scoring sheets. He dotted down twice in the quarter-final against the Aussies and was joined by Chris Dry, Cheslin Kolbe and skipper Phillip Snyman.
The Fiji semi-final saw a fabulous five tries with Senatla scoring again and this time it was Kolbe get two. The other two five-pointers came from Rosko Specimen and Kwagga Smith. It must be mentioned that Specman has been huge for the Blitzboks in Wellington and don’t be surprised if he’s renamed Step-Man after this twinkle-toed changes in pace and direction.
The Blitzboks led 12-0 at the break and only got stronger as they added 19 more points against the shell-shocked Pacific Islanders.
The big showdown, always the most eagerly awaited in world rugby circles, sees the host nation, who beat England 25-5 in the other semi, and South Africa squaring up at 9.30am South Africa time.
Picture of Fiji’s Vatemo Ravouvou taking on SA’s Juan de Jongh of South Africa courtesy of Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images