CAPE TOWN SEVENS: Record for Seabelo 'SuperMan' Senatla

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:28
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DAY ONE, ROUND TWO WRAP: Blitzboks star Seabelo Senatla reached his 200th try milestone in his side's 31-5 win over France.

It has taken the speedster just 35 tournaments to reach the illustrious figure - the fastest ever for a player to reach that milestone in world series history.

Meanwhile, the United States Calin Isles's hat-trick secured his side a win over Australia and a spot in the quarter-final.

While Canada shock Olympic Champions Fiji with a 22-14 win.

Round two wrap!

Pool A:
(South Africa, France, Kenya, Russia)

Branco du Preez opened the score for the Blitzboks to go up 7-0.

However minutes later a stunning full-field team run, with some amazing offloads, finished with a tumbling Stephen Parez touching down on the stroke of half-time to narrow the deficit to just two points.

The Blitzboks knew they were facing a much-improved French side, but managed to turn on the class.

A brilliant turn over and dummy from the Blitzbok captain Philip Snyman gave South Africa another try, while Chris Dry capitalised on a 6-man French team for a 21-5 win.

And finally the moment the Cape Town crowd has been waiting for, Senatla scored his 200th try.

After a slow start, the home team kicked into another gear in the second-half to produced a clinical performance against the red, white and blue.

Ruhan Nel was the fifth South African player over the try line, putting the icing on the cake with a last-minute try of his own.

In the other Pool A match, three successive tries from Brian Tanga, Samuel Oliech and William Ambaka Ndayara gave the Kenyans a commanding 17-0 lead at the break.

Both teams were seeking their first win in Cape Town, but with loads of support in the stands, the Kenyans looked the better side.

The East Africans added three additional tries through Daniel Sikuta, Arthur Owira Ochieng and Samuel Ngethe Njenga for the win.


South Africa 40-5 Russia
Kenya 21-14 France
Kenya 34-0 Russia
South Africa 31-5 France

Pool B
(New Zealand, Australia, Spain, USA)

Calin Isles made sure the USA got off to a flyer. In the absence of World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Perry Baker, Isles took the opportunity to take the spotlight.

Isles - who already had a brace in Round one - scored a hat -trick for the Americans for the early lead.

Th Australians pulled one back but the first-half damaged was already visible as the USA took a 17-7 lead at the break.

The USA continued their onslaught as they handed a 31-14 lashing to Australia.

USA are through to the quarter-finals, leaving a tantalising Trans-Tasman final Pool B match between Australia and New Zealand.

In the other match, All Blacks took a 26-0 at the break after a double from Tim Mikkelson and a single each to Joe Webber and Kurt Baker.

It was a  completely different performance from the All Blacks who could not get on the scoreboard in their opening game against the USA.

As the second half started, Spain's woeful display continued.

The side was anything but a challenge as All Blacks added 24 points.

Regan Ware, Sam Dickson (2) and Vilimoni Koroi concluded the eight-try to nil victory.


Australia 36-12 Spain
New Zealand 0-22 United States
Australia 14-31 United States
New Zealand 50-0 Spain

Pool C
(England, Scotland, Argentina, Uganda)

A brilliant fend-off from Harry Glover against two Argentinean opponents resulted in a classy try and England's first points on the board.

As usual, Dan Norton crossed the line, while Argentina scored one try thanks to Conrado Roura.

England took a 12-7 lead at the break.

In the second half, Norton bagged his brace.

The speedster produced a couple of sidesteps to score his 272nd Series try.

England extended the lead thanks to a runaway five-pointer (complete with somersault) from Charlie Hayter right at the final whistle.

After Robbie Fergusson opened Scotland's account, Jack Cuthbert crossed the try line directly from the restart.

An additional try from Max McFarland and another one from Ferguson completed a successful first-half for the Scots for a 26-0 lead.

A second-half double from Sam Pecqueur placed an exclamation mark on a dominant display as they scored seven tries without reply.


England 36-0 Uganda
Scotland 14-19 Argentina
Scotland 45-0 Uganda
England 24-7 Agentina

Pool D:
(Fiji, Samoa, Canada, Wales)

Luke Morgan scored first for Wales before a Samoan responded with a try by Tomasi Alosio in this Pool D match.

After a patient build-up, Morgan found some space on the far side to cross the line for his third try.

However, Samoa quickly hit back as Tomasi Alosio crossed the chalk to trail 12-17.

As the game concluded the Samoans looked likely before a brilliant tackle was made 10m from the try line.

Samoa continued to attack but a resilient Welsh defence stands tall to win the turnover after a costly mistake on the stroke of full-time.

In the other match, a dominant early first-half performance from the reigning Olympic champions did not translate to the scoreboard.

A try from Jerry Tuwai in the first 60 seconds was quickly nullified by two tries in quick succession from Canada's John Moonlight and Harry Jones for the 12-7 lead at the break.  

The Canadians second stanza was even more sublime as two second-half tries from Justin Douglas gave them a 22-14 shock win over Fiji.


Samoa 19-17 Canada
Fiji 28-14 Wales
Fiji 14-22 Canada
Samoa 12-17 Wales

Source: @worldrugby

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Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
South Korea 0 0 0 0 0
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Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
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Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
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Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
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South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
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