Sat 30 Jul 2022 | 03:13

BlitzBoks thump Scotland to top Commonwealth pool

BlitzBoks thump Scotland to top Commonwealth pool
Sat 30 Jul 2022 | 03:13
BlitzBoks thump Scotland to top Commonwealth pool
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COMMONWEALTH GAMES DAY TWO: Angelo Davids scored a second-half hat-trick as the Springbok Sevens team recorded a splendid 34-0 victory over Scotland to claim first place in Pool B at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Saturday.

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The South Africans went into the half-time break leading by 10-0, having scored the only points of the first half through Selvyn Davids and JC Pretorius.

However, they moved into a higher attacking gear after the break to score four more tries – three via Angelo Davids and a fourth by Shaun Davids – to race away in impressive fashion.

With both teams vying for top spot in Pool B, the opening half was understandably a tough arm wrestle, with neither wanting to give possession away.

The SA team worked their way into the danger zone and Selvyn Davids did just enough to get over the line despite the attention of a desperate tackler. He was followed over the line by Pretorius, who reacted quickly to snap up a loose ball from a clever kick ahead before diving over.

South Africa used their kicking game to good effect in the second half, enabling strong-running Angelo Davids to dot down three times in succession to take the score to 27-0.

With playmaker Selvyn Davids again in great form and pulling all the strings, the fleet-footed attacker sent Shawn Williams over for the final score and to seal a splendid victory which saw them finishing top of their group.

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The BlitzBoks now face Canada in the quarterfinals later on Saturday.

The other pool winners are New Zealand, Fiji and Australia.

Fiji will face Scotland quarterfinals, while New Zealand will come up against Kenya.

Saturday’s other quarterfinal will see Australia up against Samoa.

Saturday’s Quarterfinal line-up:

Fiji v Scotland
South Africa v Canada
New Zealand v Kenya
Australia v Samoa

Updated Results:

Pool A
New Zealand 63-5 Sri Lanka
England 0-34 Samoa
England 47-19 Sri Lanka
New Zealand 19-17 Samoa
Samoa 44-0 Sri Lanka
New Zealand 20-0 England

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Pool B
South Africa 46-0 Malaysia
Scotland 41-0 Tonga
Scotland 50-12 Malaysia
South Africa 36-5 Tonga
Tonga 31-7 Malaysia
South Africa 34-0 Scotland

Pool C
Canada 31-0 Wales
Fiji 52-0 Zambia
Wales 38-5 Zambia
Fiji 19-12 Canada
Canada 24-12 Zambia
Fiji 38-24 Wales

Pool D
Australia 62-0 Jamaica
Kenya 27-14 Uganda
Kenya 45-0 Jamaica
Australia 12-12 Uganda
Uganda 40-0 Jamaica
Australia 7-5 Kenya

PV: 5
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