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Blitzboks off to a flyer
October 28, 2017
The Springbok Sevens team started the Assupol International Sevens tournament at the Markotter Stadium in Stellenbosch on a positive note, beating England Academy 24-5 in their opening match.

The Blitzboks named a group of 16 players for the tournament, to be played on Saturday and Sunday and coach Neil Powell gave a number of SA Rugby Sevens Academy regulars a first taste of international sevens rugby, including local Maties player, Michal Haznar.

Most importantly for coach Powell was the return to play of Justin Geduld, with the inspirational playmaker showing no signs of being out of action since March with a foot injury.

The South Africans scored two tries in each half and conceded one late in the first half.

Scorers:

Tries: Ryan Oosthuizen (2), Marco Labuschange, Siviwe Soyizwapi. Conversions: Justin Geduld, Branco du Preez.

In their second match, against Namibia, the South Africans started impressively, with Michal Haznar, on debut at this tournament, dotting down in the first minute.

A hat-trick by Siviwe Soyizwapi helped the side to a 46-7 win, with Sako Makata, Dewald Human and Impi Visser getting on the score sheet.

Scorers:

Dewald Human, Siviwe Soyizwapi (3), Impi Visser, Sako Makata, Justin Geduld, Michal Haznar. Conversions: Justin Geduld (2), Rosko Specman.

In their final match of the day, against Scotland, another hat-trick by Siviwe Soyizwapi and a five-pointer to Philip Snyman eased them into a 22-10 win over the European side.

The home side scored two quick tries to jump into a 10 point lead but conceded one just before the break.

In the second half, Soyizwapi finished off some stellar build-up play on his inside, while Scotland scored just before the final whistle.

Scorers:

Tries: Siviwe Soyizwapi (3), Philip Snyman. Conversion: Dewald Human

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Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, June 23 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 18 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, August 25 2018
21:10 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Saturday, September 08 2018
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, September 15 2018
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, September 29 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, October 06 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Friday, November 02 2018
00:00 - England vs South Africa
Twickenham, London
Saturday, November 10 2018
00:00 - France vs South Africa
Stade de France, Paris
Saturday, November 17 2018
00:00 - Scotland vs South Africa
Murrayfield, Edinburgh

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