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Third whitewash for Blitzboks as they march into Hong Kong Cup semis
- Updated: April 10, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s Blitzbok rugby sevens side notched up their third whitewash of the tournament after a 28-0 Cup quarter-final win against the United States in Hong Kong early on Sunday morning (SA time).
That followed 50-0 and 31-0 Pool B wins over Russia and Scotland respectively in Saturday’s action.
Referee Mike Adamson celebrated his 100th World Sevens Series game with the whistle and had to wait until halfway through the first half to signal the Blitzboks’ first score as Seabelo Senatla crossed for his 47th try of the series. This after US flyer Perry Baker had flung a wild pass infield from the touchline.
A successful conversion by Justin Geduld had the SA side up and running and they crossed once more in the half through Ruhan Nel (his fourth of the tournament so far) and Geduld made it 14-0.
With just over four minutes to play in the quarter-final Senatlo intercepted as a long looped pass went awry as the slippery conditions prevented the US trying to break out from their 22m.
And it was done and dusted in the sludge with 10sec to go as new boy Siviwe Siyozwapi wrapped things up after a US attempt on attack broke down once again.
That saw the final score 28-0 and made coach Neil Powell a happy man.
‘The opening defeat to England saw this team’s character making it happen. And it shows you just can’t pitch up and expect to win.’
The Blitzboks now play New Zealand in the Cup semi-final at 9.44am SA time.