Blitzboks take bronze in Canada to maintain series lead

CAPE TOWN – The Springbok Sevens team continued with their consistent performances at the Canada Sevens this weekend, finishing third in the 2018 edition played at BC Place in Vancouver.

South Africa finished runners-up in 2016 and 2017.

The podium finish assisted South Africa to maintain their overall lead in the World Rugby Sevens Series although Fiji, who beat Kenya 31-12 in the Cup final in Vancouver, closed the gap slightly on the Blitzboks.

The Blitzboks arrived in Vancouver with a ten point advantage over New Zealand in second place, but now lead Fiji by eight points, following the two north-American legs of the World Series.

The South African side have 109 points, followed by Fiji 101, New Zealand 92 and Australia 84. The rest of the remaining tournaments are in Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris.

Neil Powell, Spirnkbok Sevens coach, said a number of positives came out of the tournament.

“We have very high standards and there were times when we did not achieve that. We did play very well at times and especially the comeback against Australia was very pleasing. I thought we were out of it, to be honest. But the guys kept their composure.”

The team will be forced to face Fiji without Ruhan Nel, who has been ruled out due to injury, to be replaced with Marco Labuschagne.

Photo Credit- Hollywoodbets Sports Blog

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