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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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