Kyle Brown equals record as Blitzboks see off Kenya in style at NZ Sevens
The Blitzboks may have conceded an early try, but came roaring back to dispatch fellow African outfit Kenya 29-10 at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton on Friday night (Saturday morning NZ time).
Kyle Brown equalled the record of Frankie Horne by most World Series tournament appearances by a South African in his 68th event when he took to the field, and his teammates ensured that it was a memorable start to the day at the FMG Stadium.
Jacon Ojee was first out of the blocks for the Kenyans, though, scoring in the second minute for a 5-0 lead.
But after that it was all South Africa, with Brown being prominent throughout. The former Blitzboks captain sparked the comeback by dotting down to level the scores at 5-5, while Werner Kok sped away after a well-worked move to make it 10-5.
Zain Davids, who played a strong hand in Kok’s five-pointer, was put in space after Brown did brilliantly to win the kickoff, and finished smartly to stretch the halftime lead to 17-5.
When Branco du Preez went over the line early in the second half, the match was all but over as a contest, with Stedman Gans rounding off a solid opener for the South Africans.
Their two remaining pool games on Saturday are against France (3.10am SA time) and Scotland (7.22am SA time).
Blitzboks 29 – Kyle Brown, Werner Kok, Zain Davids, Branco du Preez, Stedman Gans. Conversion: Branco du Preez (1), Selvyn Davids (1).
Kenya 10 – Tries: Jacob Ojee, Cyprian Kuto.@ashfakmohamed