Siviwe Soyizwapi in action for the Blitzboks. Photo: SA Rugby website

Blitzboks bounce back, power into Cup quarters

The Blitzboks comfortably beat the USA to continue their resurgence at the France Sevens, with the win taking them into the quarter-finals.


Siviwe Soyizwapi in action for the Blitzboks. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Blitzboks outplayed USA 24-7 to finish second in pool C of the HSBC France Sevens on Saturday, setting up a Cup quarter-final match against Argentina later on Saturday. The match will start at 19h05.

The Blitzboks scored four tries to one in a match where the South Africans clearly found their groove on attack, with this result following an important win over Fiji.

The back-to-back victories stand in stark contrast to the one-sided loss to France in their opening game on Friday.

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Against the USA, the Blitzboks opened the scoring in the first minute. From the first line-out in the match, the ball was worked wide and when recycled, Ronald Brown spotted a gap and ran 80 meters to score.

The USA came back strong when shrugged off a weak Shaun Williams tackle to score, with the conversion pushing the North Americans ahead at the break.

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Dewald Human was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle, but the SA defence held firm for the remainder of the half.

The second half started well again for the SA side and Christie Grobbelaar sliced through the USA defence to score under the sticks.

Human converted and scored himself soon after a lovely Blitzboks attack, with Justin Geduld and Ryan Oosthuizen involved as well. Human converted for 19-7 scoreline.

Geduld then made a clutch tackle to snuff out a dangerous USA attack before Williams held off two defenders to score in the corner.

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Scorers from the Blitzboks’ win:

South Africa 24 (5) – Tries: Ronald Brown, Christie Grobbelaar, Dewald Human, Shaun Williams. Conversions: Human (2).

USA 7 (7) – Try: Malacci Esdale. Conversion: Steve Tomasin.

Blitzboks player Ronald Brown in action against Fiji in France 2023 Photo Supplied

Blitzbok Ronald Brown in action against Fiji in France. Photo: Supplied.