Follow Live Updates: 2016 Olympic Rugby Games – South Africa Vs Spain


The 2016 Olympic Rugby Sevens tournament is set to kick off today in Rio de Janeiro.

The Springbok Sevens team will be competing in Brazil as part of the South African Olympic team.

Springbok Sevens will be playing in pool B of the tournament. They’ll war against Spain and France today. Check out their fixture below.

Tuesday, 9th August 2016

South Africa Vs Spain – 18h00

South Africa Vs France – 21h30

Thereafter, Springbok Sevens will face Australia the next day at 16h30. BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the successful teams will clash later on Wednesday.

On Thursday 11th August, the play-offs for the Final will happen.

Representing SA in the Springbok Sevens team are: Kyle Brown (captain), Tim Agaba, Philip Snyman, Werner Kok, Dylan Sage, Kwagga Smith, Rosko Specman, Cheslin Kolbe, Cecil Afrika, Justin Geduld, Juan de Jongh and Seabelo Senatla.

The Travelling reserves – Chris Dry and Francois Hougaard

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell said it’s already an exciting time for the Rugby Sevens team in Rio.

“We have been here for a week or so and are ready and keen to get underway.

…There were some upsets in the women’s event, and we have no doubt that it will be the same in the men’s tournament. So, we need to make sure that we are well-prepared…and that we are switched on for our first match against Spain.

There is a good spirit among the players and we are confident that we can deliver the goods, provided we stick to our structures and processes,” he said.

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The game has ended and South Africa impressively thrashed Spain 24 – 0

Tries – Cecil Afrika (2), Seabelo Senatla, Philip Snyman

Conversions – Afrika (2)

21:30 South Africa Vs France

After the 24 – 0 humiliation of Spain, the Blitzboks destroyed France with a 26 – 0 win.

Team SA toyed with France in the first half. Kyle Brown Kwagga Smith and Justin Geduld executed tries which placed Springbok Sevens to a 19 – 0 lead.

France was held-off from gaining any score in the second half. Then, Dylan Sage utilized a try to elevated the Blitzboks to a 26 – 0.

Springbok Sevens coach said his team played well against France. “I am pleased about our defensive effort. To keep a quality team like them scoreless, tells a lot about our effort,” Powell remarked.

South Africa Vs Australia – Wednesday 10th August, 2016

First, South Africa lost 12 – 5 to Australia in their final pool B match. Nonetheless, the Australian victory didn’t stop the Blitzboks from topping the pool.

Later in the day, Springbok Sevens faced Australia again for the quarterfinals. This time, they trampled on Australia to secure semi-finals.

With their 22 – 5 win over Australia, the Blitzboks is set to meet Team Great Britain on Thursday…

South Africa VS Great Britain – Thursday 11th August 2016

Quite unfortunate, Team South Africa’s sevens rugby squad were defeated 7 – 5 by Great Britain.

A try by Kyle Brown placed the Blitzboks on a 5 – 0 lead at halftime break. Dan Norton however, scored for Great Britain and ushered them into a 7-5 lead.

Fiji also triumphed against the Japanese in the other semifinal. As such, Springbok Sevens and the Japanese were roped to gun for the bronze medal. While Great Britain and Fiji go for gold.

The Blitzboks dominated Japan. They scored eight tries, bagged a 54 – 14 win and claimed the bronze medal. Fiji eventually humbled Great Britain, leaving them with the silver medal.

Fiji won the gold medal.

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