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Blitzboks on course to defend Tokyo Sevens title
March 22, 2014
The Springbok Sevens won all three of their Pool B matches at the Tokyo Sevens on Saturday to stay on course to defend their tournament title in Japan.

Coach Neil Powell’s team will now face the USA in the last Cup quarter-final fixture on Sunday morning in their quest to qualify for the semi-finals.

On Saturday afternoon (SA time) the Blitzboks defeated Argentina 28-12 after the teams were tied 7-all at halftime. South Africa got their campaign underway in the early morning hours with a 26-12 win over Kenya.

Later, the Blitzboks initially struggled to get going against the tenacious tournament hosts, Japan, but a better second half secured them a comprehensive 33-5 victory.

In their final match of the day, the South Africans were left frustrated by unforced errors and some solid tackling by the physical Argentine outfit, especially during the first half.

Their cause were not helped when wing Jamba Ulengo was yellow carded after he was spotted throwing the ball away, which prevented the opposition from launching a quick counter-attack.

During the halftime break Powell urged his team to keep their shape and to improve their discipline, which they did. Their improved performance netted them three well-worked tries in the second half and also a comfortable victory.

Martin Rodrigues opened the scoring for Argentina after a patient build-up, while Stephan Dippenaar scored just before the break for the Blitzboks. Kwagga Smith (2) and Steven Hunt added three more tries after the break.

Afterwards, Powell was not too pleased with his team’s overall performances which saw them struggling to get going, initially, in all three of their matches.

“I am glad we qualified for the quarterfinals but not too pleased with our performances.

We will have to improve and play much better against the USA if we want to reach the semifinals. The USA showed today they are a strong side and will be difficult to beat,” explained Powell.

The Springbok Sevens have so far managed to reach the semi-finals of each of the previous five rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

They are just two points behind leaders New Zealand (99 points) on the World Series standings.

The Cup quarterfinal line-up for the Tokyo Sevens on Sunday is:

New Zealand vs. Australia
Fiji vs. Kenya
England vs. Canada
South Africa vs. USA

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