Ruhan Nel, seen here pulling off one of his big hand-offs against France, scored the opening try for the Blitzboks against Kenya on Saturday. Photo: Phando Jikelo/ANA Pictures

CAPE TOWN – The Blitzboks wrapped up their day one assignments with a glorious 26-7 win over fellow Africans Kenya in their final Cape Town Sevens Pool A match at a windy Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

The South Africans led 14-7 at halftime.

Ruhan Nel opened the scoring after SA battled initially, but Willy Ambaka responded almost immediately for Kenya.

And since both tries were converted, it made for a 7-7 scoreline.

Just before the break, Cecil Afrika made a decisive break before he sent Kyle Brown in for a converted try (14-7).

Philip Snyman was next to score and with Afrika converting, SA went 21-7 ahead.

Three minutes from the end, speedster Seabelo Senatla was put clear by Kwagga Smith and the game was over as a contest (26-7).

Earlier on Saturday, the Blitzboks thrashed Russia 40-5 and then saw off France 31-5 in their second pool match.

In their earlier matches, Kenya defeated Russia 34-0, but lost to France 21-14 in their opening match.

South Africa 26 – Tries: Ruhan Nel, Kyle Brown, Philip Snyman, Seabelo Senatla. Conversions: Branco du Preez (2), Cecil Afrika (1).
Kenya 7 – Try: Willy Ambaka. Conversion: Brian Tanga (1).

African News Agency (ANA)