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Blitzboks up against Argentina as they win three from three
- Updated: February 6, 2016
The Springbok Sevens will play Argentina on Sunday (3:41am SA time) in the quarter-finals of HSBC Sydney Sevens following three convincing Pool B wins on Saturday morning (SA time). They clinched top spot in Pool B with a 26-19 victory over Kenya.
However, the team suffered two injuries in their opening match against Scotland when captain, Philip Snyman, and fellow forward Kwagga Smith both had to leave the field with injuries.
Smith got a bump on the shoulder while Snyman, who took over the captaincy from the injured Kyle Brown, suffered a wrist injury. They both sat out the two remaining pool matches.
Blitzboks coach, Neil Powell, said they will assess the injuries to Snyman and Smith and make a call on their fitness in the morning (Australian time). ‘Our medical staff will examine them tonight and we will then make a call. Although we are down to 10 players at the moment, we won’t take any risks though,’ explained Powell.
He praised the team’s performance in the face of their extra workload. ‘Philip and Kwagga are two good, experienced forwards and it was tough on the boys to lose them in our first match. But the guys who came on did brilliantly and I am pleased for our win over Kenya’ added Powell.
That victory meant the South Africans finished top of Pool B, which saw them paired against Argentina instead of Fiji in Sunday’s quarter-finals. ‘Argentina are a quality side, they are well coached and technically very good so it won’t be easy against them,’ cautioned Powell.
Flying winger Seabelo Senatla was the leading try scorer last season. Halfway through round four of the current season he is already the frontrunner again with 24 tries to his name following his hat-trick against Scotland, two against Russia and another one in the triumph over Kenya.
South Africa led 19-12 against Kenya at halftime, who scored first through long-serving Collins Injera. Senatla, Cheslin Kolbe and Rosco Speckman then crossed the whitewash before Kenya hit back to reduce the deficit to 19-12.
After the restart Senatla offloaded to Rosco Speckman who ran in for his unconverted try. But Kenya refused to give up and Oscar Ayoli soon crossed over for a converted try, to make for a tense finish.