The Blitzboks beat Argentina 33-12 in their Cup quarter-final at the Vancouver Sevens on Sunday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
While South Africa went through day one unbeaten – their best pool-stage performance this season – they were still not clear-cut favourites to oust the Argentinians. But Neil Powell’s men turned on the style and successfully employed their suffocating defence to come out on top.
Ultimately, this quarter-final was won in the second stanza as the Blitzboks outscored Argentina three tries to one.
That followed a competitive first half that saw Argentina score the opening try of the game within eight seconds. Argentina contested the kick-off and did well to secure possession. The ball fell into the hands of Fernando Luna, who outpaced the retreating defence to dot down.
South Africa absorbed a lot of early pressure from the Argentinians after that before levelling matters. Selvyn Davids weaved his way through Argentina’s defence and raced clear to the left-hand corner. But spotting Justin Geduld on his inside, he had the presence of mind to float a lofted pass to his teammate to score under the posts and make the conversion easier.
When Argentina conceded a yellow card for a dangerous clean-out on Phillip Snyman, Siviwe Soyizwapi scored to put his team in front after latching on to a superb no-look, round-the-back offload from JC Pretorius.
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It was all South Africa after the break as they piled the punishment on Argentina. Soyizwapi completed his brace in the eighth minute followed by well-worked tries from Muller du Plessis and Stedman Gans.
At 33-7, the game was as good as gone for Argentina, but they did have the final say through Francisco Ulloa.