Seabelo Senatla scores of his two tries against Papua New Guinea on Saturday. Photo: @HSBC_Sport via Twitter

CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s Blitzboks rounded off Saturday’s Day 1 at the Hamilton Sevens in superb fashion when they ran England ragged for a 28-7 win in their final Pool B match in New Zealand.

The South Africans led 21-0 at the break after Seabelo Senatla bagged a hat trick of tries, and Justin Geduld banged over all the conversions, which included two from the touchline.

The eventual 28-7 victory sent out a strong statement to their more fancied teams because the Blitzboks have been hit hard by injuries to at least three first-choice players, but the replacements – who have barely had time to shake off jet-lag – have stepped up to the plate.

A key element of their victory over England was their breakdown supremacy, which led to countless turnovers.

As a result, England were allowed into the game and were forced to settle for mostly defensive roles.

Earlier on Saturday, the Blitzboks conceded a single try in their two opening pool matches.

Papua New Guinea initially offered stubborn resistance but went down 36-5, and then Russia suffered a whitewash 38-0 defeat.

African News Agency (ANA)