Blitzboks scrape through against Fiji to reach semifinals


Seabelo Senatla scored a hattrick as the Blitzboks made a strong start to the Cape Town leg of the World Sevens Series by beating Russian Federation 40-5.

"You can't win the tournament on day one you can only lose it".

Senatla first conceded a yellow card in the third minute due to a high tackle, which resulted in a penalty try for Fiji.

There was an element of fortune as the ball appeared to go forward but Senatla hacked ahead and collected to score his second try of the match.

Later on Saturday, Senatla will get his chance to reach the milestone when Blitzboks take on France (16:10) and Kenya (19:56) to complete Pool A action.

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Despite a strong Navy drive, marred by a few penalties, to end the game, the Midshipmen fell short-or, more precisely, wide left. That meant 21 carries for 94 yards from Bradshaw and 12 carries for 57 yards by Woolfolk, the fullback.

The National Men's 7s side led the Blitzboks 21-12 at halftime.

The Blitzboks won 40-5, after leading 26-5 at half-time.

But the Fijians showed how risky they could be by living off scraps and scoring another breakaway try through Josua Vakurunabili‚ who briefly silenced the 55000 home crowd.

Senatla made up for his earlier misdemeanours by scoring early in the second half to reduce the deficit to 21-17, but Kalione Nasoko put the foot down and raced away from the defence to extend Fiji's lead once again.

Fiji led the Blitzboks 26-24 with a minute remaining before speedster Senatla scored from a mistackle.