Blitzbokke to face NZ in quarters


South Africa, the defending London Sevens champions, won two of their three pool matches on Saturday to book themselves a Cup quarter-final clash against New Zealand on Sunday at Twickenham.

South Africa scored two good victories over Portugal and Scotland and were just 12 seconds away from what would have been a deserved victory over Australia. The Aussies, trailing at 12-17, snatched victory from the Blitzbokke in dramatic fashion when their skipper, Ed Jenkins, burst through for the match-winning try to make the final score 19-17.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Jamba Ulengo of SOuth Africa scores a try during day one of the IRB London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium on May 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The Blitzbokke played with much determination and were clearly out to bounce back to form following their disappointing showing last week in Glasgow.

In their final pool match before a HSBC Sevens World Series record crowd of more than 60 000 spectators, it was South Africa who took the lead after a steady build-up. Cornal Hendricks scored in the corner, but Ed Stubbs leveled matters shortly thereafter when the Aussies orchestrated a breakaway to score at the opposite side of the field.

Australia went into the break 12-5 in front after Con Foley dived over under the posts. But shortly after the restart Steven Hunt leveled the scores again after skillful play from his skipper, Kyle Brown. A minute later, Hunt raced away for his second try of the match after he pounced onto a loose ball (17-12).

Frankie Horne was then yellow carded and from the resultant set piece Jenkins raced through to score the winning try.

Earlier in the day the Blitzbokke opened their account with a comfortable 41-0 win over Portugal, with Jamba Ulengo and Hunt helping themselves to two tries each. They followed that with a 20-5 victory over Scotland. Ulengo scored another brace while Brown and Branco du Preez each scored a try.

The Cup Quarter-finals for the London Sevens are: New Zealand vs. South Africa Fiji vs. England Australia vs. Argentina Samoa vs. Spain – Sapa

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