Senatla hits 200 as SA speed into quarters

Speedster Seabelo Senatla reached the 200-try milestone in record time as the Blitzboks won Pool A of the Cape Town Sevens tournament on Saturday to book a quarter-final showdown against Fiji on Sunday.

The reigning World Rugby Sevens Series champions, South Africa blitzed Russia 40-5, France 31-5 and Kenya 26-7 in Saturday’s pool stage, harnessing the support of a sold out Cape Town Stadium to advance to the Cup playoffs as one of three unbeaten teams, including England and the USA.

The Fijians were surprised by Canada in their pool, while last week’s Dubai finalists, New Zealand were ambushed by the USA.

As a result, the Blitzboks will take on the Olympic Sevens gold medallists, reigning Cape Town champions England play New Zealand, Canada face France and the USA battle Argentina.

South Africa are targeting their second tournament win in as many weeks after taking glory in the opening round of the 2018 world series in Dubai last weekend.

A highlight of the day for the 47,000-strong home crowd was Senatla becoming the first player to reach 200 World Series tries in just 35 tournaments.

“It’s been a surreal day for me,” said Senatla. “The reception I got was amazing today and to play in my home town was incredible. The crowd was sensational.”

England, who beat South Africa 19-17 in the 2016 Cape Town final, conceded just 14 points in the pool stages but head coach Simon Amor says there’s scope for improvement.

“I didn’t think we played particularly well but there’s a lot of heart shown which is key in this game,”
he said. “The effort and the attitude was excellent, but our sevens wasn’t as good as it should be.”

In the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, Kenya face Samoa, Scotland play Spain, Wales face Russia and Uganda go up against Australia.

Another sold-out Cape Town stadium will greet all 16 teams on Cup quarter-finals.

Cape Town Sevens: Sunday’s Cup quarter-finals
12.04pm – South Africa v Fiji
12.26pm – England v New Zealand
12.48pm – Canada v France
13.10pm – USA v Argentina

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer