The Blitzboks topped pool A of the Edmonton Sevens with commanding wins over Mexico, Hong Kong and Canada on day one of the tournament.
South Africa outplayed Mexico 56-0, Hong Kong 43-5 and Canada 49-0 to continue with the impressive form they showed last weekend in Vancouver, where they claimed the Cup title.
They will meet Hong Kong in the quarter-finals of this tournament on Sunday and for Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, a day where everything starts afresh.
“It is not ideal to play an opponent that you have beaten well twice in a short space of time, as complacency could creep in, but we will make sure the guys have their minds on the job when we meet Hong Kong again in Sunday’s quarter-finals,” Powell said afterwards.
The coach was pleased with the Day One effort, which saw the team cross the opposing try line 22 times and only conceding one try – against Hong Kong.
The goal kickers were equally accurate in their execution converting 19 times, with Dewald Human slotted seven and Ronald Brown nine respectively.
“The artificial surface allows for a nice bounce and the kickers can strike the ball pretty true,” Powell explained.
“This also assisted greatly with our kick-offs, where we could really contest today and won back a number of contests. The guys spend a lot of time on the training ground to get it right and today got some good rewards in that department,” Powell said.
The Blitzboks were on song from the very first match against Mexico.
Against Hong Kong – in their second match – Muller du Plessis bagged two, alongside Siviwe Soyizwapi, who finished the day on 97 tries. The team did concede their only try of the day against the island side after a yellow card to Zain Davids left then a man short.
Their final match in pool A was a clinical showing against Canada. Du Plessis again excelled, bagging a hat-trick of tries while Selvyn Davids – who joined the team late in the week as a replacement for Angelo Davids, also eased into the tournament with a brace and a number of telling creative plays.
“The senior guys did well today and are showing the way and assisting our younger players very nicely. We had a good day, but all will start afresh on Sunday when we take on Hong Kong again,” Powell said.
The quarter-final schedule for Sunday (SA times) is:
17h20 USA v Great Britain
17h42 Ireland v Canada
18h04 Kenya v Germany
18h26 South Africa v Hong Kong