The SA men’s Springbok Sevens made their first debut in the 2016 Olympic Games crushing Spain 24 – 0
Although it was a weak start for Springbok Sevens, they re-articulated their moves, corrected passes errors and dominated their opponent.
The Spanish team was humbled with a 14 – 0 lead at break.
Spotlight was on Cecil Afrika. As Springbok Sevens’ headline player, he contributing 14 points and two tries. Afrika almost scored a hat-trick but was stopped by a hard-tackle near post.
A breakdown of the scores are as shown below
Tries – Cecil Afrika (2), Seabelo Senatla, Philip Snyman
Conversions – Afrika (2)
Before the game, Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell guaranteed that his players will fair well in the competition.
He said: “there is a good spirit amongst the players and we are confident that we can deliver the goods, provided we stick to our structures and processes.”
Speaking shortly after the game, Seabelo Senatla said: “…the first game is always the toughest one because (with) the lungs burning and the legs heavy, you feel like you can’t get going and we didn’t make it easy for ourselves by making those basic errors.
But, it’s a good head-out. They didn’t get a point on us which is great.
I think the team fought well whenever they try to break the line. That’s positive, it’s a good start for us.”
The Springbok Sevens team will battle France in their second Group B match at 21:30 (SA time) today. Undoubtedly, they are now focused for the France showdown.
After that, they’ll face Australia on Wednesday at 16:30 to finish-up the pool start-offs. Successful teams will clash later on Wednesday, and on Thursday 11th August, the play-offs for the Final will happen.