The Blitzboks began the defence of their Dubai Sevens title with a comfortable 31-0 win over Zimbabwe on Friday. CRAIG LEWIS reports.
The Springbok Sevens have come into the opening leg of the 2018-19 World Rugby Sevens Series with a target on their backs after clinching back-to-back titles over the past two seasons.
With this in mind, the Blitzboks would have been pleased with their solid start to proceedings, which saw Siviwe Soyizwapi and Branco du Preez dot down during a dominant first half to send them into a 14-0 lead at the break.
#Dubai7s – RESULT:
South Africa 31 – 0 Zimbabwe
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) November 30, 2018
On his return to the sevens scene after a lengthy injury layoff, Kyle Brown would score soon after the restart, and Rosko Specman would add two more tries to the tally before the final whistle.
Earlier in the day, the Blitzboks’ arch-rivals Fiji also notably kicked off their season with an impressive 39-0 victory over France.
The Springbok Sevens will next face Samoa at 12:36pm on Friday.