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Turner brace downs Blitzbokke



The Springbok Sevens team bowed out of contention for the Glasgow Sevens crown as they were sunk 19-14 by a brace of tries by former Capetonian Matt Turner.

Turner scored the opening try and again in the second half, with flyer Dan Norton adding a third as it was enough to down Paul Treu’s side and condemn them to their second defeat of the weekend.

The Blitzbokke will now face Samoa in the plate semifinals, in a desperate scramble for as many points as possible ahead of next week’s final IRB Sevens tournament in London. The defeat will also mean they will have a tougher draw going into London, as the final seedings will only be done before tonight’s final.

After Turner and Norton put England 12-0 up at halftime, Cornal Hendricks grabbed one try back for the Blitzbokke before Turner, a former UCT Student and South African born, put it beyond their reach.

A late try by Branco du Preez gave the Blitzbokke hope and they had a chance to steal the victory at the death, but didn’t come close enough to grabbing the victory.

Fiji swamped Samoa 34-10 in their quarterfinal and will face England in their semi.

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