The Blizboks were outplayed by Australia in the Sevens final in Sydney. Photo: @WorldRugby7s via Twitter

Having looked ominously dangerous through the three days of the Sydney Sevens, South Africa fell short to the host team as they went down 29-0 to Australia. 

It was a game typified by missed tackles and poor defence, something that had been such a strong point for the Blitzboks the whole weekend.

With the first half almost devoid of possession, the Blitzboks had to back their defence, and while the structures were evident, individual missed tackles racked up. Theses misses came at crucial times, almost always resulting in an Australian try.

The first half belonged to the Australians as they had all of the ball. It did take awhile for the scores to be broken, after Rosko Specman was judged to have put a foot in touch when going for a try, but it was the Australians that scored first.

With just a few seconds left in the first half, a missed tackle, one of the seven seen in the opening half, let the Australians in to get a seven-pointer.

Things went from bad to worse as, with time for a kick off, the Australians claimed their own ball and managed to get another score going into the break 14-0 to the good.

The second half did not begin well for the Blitzboks either. The miss tackles came back to haunt them as the Australians powered through the defensive line, using a grubber to finish off the third try of the match.

The fourth try came soon after with a penalty move on the blindside pretty much sealing the game for the home side. The Blitzboks really felt the pressure as the seemingly indestructible Boks fell apart as the match wore on.

To really put the icing on the cake, for the Australians that is, the home team grabbed another late try with another slipped tackle by the Blitzboks to make it 29-0.

The South Africans will still climb the log with their second place finish in Sydney, especially seeing as their closest rivals, New Zealand, England and Fiji do not progress to the Cup semi finals.

The next leg is in Hamilton in a week’s time.


IOL Sport

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