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Blitzboks breeze past Scotland in Vancouver opener

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By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s Blitzboks rugby sevens side vanquished Scotland in a 43-0 whitewash at the inaugural Vancouver event on Saturday evening.
Chris Dry celebrated his 50th tournament by leading out the Blitzboks on the artificial surface of a closed surface indoors venue (the first ever closed surface tie for a World Sevens event).
And the Blitzboks were in seventh heaven as all of Justin Geduld, Ruhan Nel, Rosko Speckman, Seabelo Senatla (a brace), Branco du Preez and Kwagga Smith went over in the comprehensive Pool C encounter.
Geduld was first to cross, two minutes into the match after a quick tap penalty and the Blitzboks led 22-0 at halftime.
The second half saw 15’s-code ace Bryan Habana join the fray early on and he was instrumental as the Blitzboks went from strength to strength to add a further 19 points.
Final try went to Kwagga Smith who crossed after the final hooter as Branco du Preez’s boot finally kicked in with some great second half conversions.Senatla’s brace meant he now leads the try-scoring list in this season with 38 tries.
Next up for Neil Powell’s charges late on Saturday night are Brazil, host country of the Rio Olympics later this year.


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