Impressive Blitzboks unbeaten in Hong Kong

Andrew Cummings
April 8, 2018

New Zealand are fielding a second-string squad, with the leading players on the Gold Coast preparing for the Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand's youthful men's sevens team have been put to the sword by Fiji in Hong Kong, crashing to a record-breaking 50-7 loss.

But the young team showed no panic when England led 15-14 early in the second half. Eroni Sau started the half with two, and Josua Vakurunabili and Amenoni Nasilasila went over with Alosio Naduva finishing the last two.

Joe Ravouvou scored a fine try as New Zealand progressed through to the semifinals of the Hong Kong Sevens.

They opened with wins over Russian Federation (36-5) and Samoa (19-12) to book a quarter-final berth but could do nothing to stop the 17-time Hong Kong champions, who are chasing a fourth successive win at the famed tournament.

Fiji topped Pool A in style scoring 117 points during their three encounters.

Fiji, going for an unprecedented fourth successive Hong Kong title, will play Argentina in the quarterfinals on Sunday. The South Africans eliminated four-time champion England 33-15.

The Blitzboks overpowered South Korea, Scotland and England on Friday and Saturday, giving them a flawless run as they prepare to head into the knock-out stages.

England were quicker out the blocks with a try in the first minute by Alex Davis, but South Africa responded quickly with a try from Stedman Gans under the posts.

In the other Pool B match, Spain beat Canada 17-12 to set up a quarter final clash against South Africa who topped Pool C.

Captain Dewald Human restored the Blitzboks' lead when he pounced after Spain failed to control the ball close to their own tryline.

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