Blitzbokke hand Kiwis World crown
Just how big is the gulf between the Springbok Sevens side and the World Champion All Blacks? 36 points to be exact.
The New Zealanders hit the Blitzbokke with a massive whitewash, winning their London Sevens Cup quarterfinal 36-0 in a very one-sided affair at Twickenham Sunday.
While the scoreline was bad enough on its own, the Blitzbokke’s loss ensured that New Zealand won their 10th World Series crown and are now uncatchable at the top of the HSBC log as the tournament heads to its finale.
While it was all smiles for Gordon Tietjens's side, the same cannot be said for Paul Treu’s outfit. After a 47-0 loss to Samoa last week, this game underlined the difference in class between the two sides, with the Blitzbokke missing several stalwarts to injury.
The worrying aspect though is the massive gulf in terms of class between the Blitzbokke’s main side and their new players. While New Zealand and Fiji have been able to seamlessly bring in players to their sides, the Blitzbokke have struggled when blooding new players into the position.
The Blitzbokke will now face England in the Plate semis, a game they must win if they are to have any hope of passing the English into third place on the log.
But on a fine Sunday morning at Twickenham, the Blitzbokke were put the sword as New Zealand scored off almost every turnover and the South Africans simply had no answer to their class.
Ardie Savea got the ball rolling with two tries in the opening four minutes, before captain DJ Forbes intercepted twice for tries.
Waisake Naholo and Tomasi Cama both added their names to the scoresheet without any reply from the Blitzbokke.
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