Blitzboks advance to Commonwealth Games semi-finals



The Blitzboks put on their most dominant display of the Commonwealth Games until they pulled off an impressive 33-0 victory over Canada in their quarter-final clash on Saturday night, to set up a semi-final encounter with Australia.

Canada had shown they could be a dangerous opponent by pushing Fiji hard in their pool game on Friday night, eventually losing 19-12, but a ruthless Blitzboks did not sniff them out as they ran in five tries to zero.

They will now face Australia in the semi-finals of the competition on Sunday afternoon, after Australia just beat Samoa 7-0 in the quarter-finals.

The Blitzboks had reached the quarter-finals with pool wins Malaysia and Tonga Friday, and a comfortable win over Scotland Saturday afternoon and picked up that momentum in the quarter-finals.

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It was a good start for the Blitzboks, working their way into the Canadian 22m, where Ronald Brown received the ball, passed three defenders and slipped under the posts, converting his own score for a 7-0 lead.

Canada tried to retain some possession of the ball but a scrum shot gave possession back to the Blitzboks, who attacked back and forth, with Christie Grobbelaar showing impressive strength to allow two players to score .

With the half-time whistle sounded, the Blitzboks recklessly tried to keep the ball alive and were punished by conceding a penalty and then seeing Brown yellow carded for a high tackle near the try line.

Canada then tried to make the extra man count, but their long wide pass was then intercepted by Angelo Davids who sprinted to score, giving the Blitzboks a comfortable 21-0 lead at the break.

The second half then saw the Blitzboks continue to punish Canadian errors as they ran in two more tries.

The first returning Brown picked up a loose ball to sprint and score his second in the right corner.

Canada then lost a lineout in their own 22m, with substitute Mfundo Ndlovu to go under the posts and seal a decisive victory for the Blotzboks.

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Sunday

Blitzboks v Australia (2:02 p.m.)

South African women

It was another tough day at the office for the SA Women’s Sevens team as they suffered two more heavy defeats to head into the final day of the competition without a win.

Their opener on Saturday morning saw them show a bit of a fight despite a 33-12 loss to Scotland.

They trailed 26-5 at half-time but did well to draw 7-apart in the second half, while Liske Lategan and Donelle Snyders became their first try scorers of the competition.

The second game, however, saw them heavily beaten as England secured a dominating 36-0 victory.

SA Women now have one last chance for a win when they take on Sri Lanka in their final game of the tournament on Sunday night.

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Sunday

South Africa – Sri Lanka (7:00 p.m.)