Blitzboxes advance to Commonwealth Games semi-finals



Blitzbox produced their most dominant performance at the Commonwealth Games as they managed an impressive 33-0 victory over Canada in Saturday night’s quarter-final matchup to set up a semi-final encounter with Australia.

Canada showed they could be a dangerous opponent by pushing Fiji hard in a pool match on Friday night, ultimately losing 19-12, but relentless blitzboxing gave them no scent as they ran from five tries to none.

They will now face Australia in the semi-finals of the competition on Sunday afternoon, after Australia had just beaten Samoa 7-0 in the quarter-final meeting.

The Blitzboxes advanced to the quarter-finals with a pool win. Malaysia as well as Tonga on Friday, and a comfortable victory over Scotland on Saturday afternoon and picked up momentum in the quarter-finals.

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It was a good start for the Blitzboxes, who made their way to the 22-meter Canadian court, where Ronald Brown received the ball, went past three defenders and put a point under the posts, converting his own score to give a 7-0 lead.

Canada tried to retain some possession, but a scrimmage kick returned possession to the Blitzboxes, who attacked one way and backed another, with Christie Grobbelar showing impressive strength to score a two-man assist.

After the horn blew at halftime, the Blitzboxes foolishly tried to keep the ball alive and were punished with a missed penalty, then saw Brown get a yellow card for a high tackle near a trillion.

Canada then attempted to count the extra man, but their long pass was intercepted by Angelo Davids, who ran and scored to give the Blitzboxes a comfortable 21–0 lead at half-time.

The blitzboxes then continued to penalize the Canadians for mistakes in the second half with two more attempts.

First, Brown returned to the field, picked up the lost ball, ran away and scored a second goal in the right corner.

Canada then lost a lineout on their 22m and was replaced by Mfundo Ndlovu who went under the post to seal the decisive win for the Blotsboks.

semi-final

Sunday

Blitzbox vs Australia (14:02)

South African women

It was another tough day in the office of the SA Sevens women’s team as they suffered two more heavy losses and went on the last day of the competition without a win.

In their first match on Saturday morning they showed little struggle despite losing 33-12 against Scotland.

They trailed 26-5 at halftime but succeeded in drawing the second half 7-all, while Liske Lategan and Donel Snyders became their first top scorers in the competition.

However, they lost heavily in the second match as England went on to a dominant 36–0 victory.

The South Australian women now have one last chance to win when they play Sri Lanka in their last game of the tournament on Sunday night.

7th/eightth Playoffs

Sunday

South Africa – Sri Lanka (19:00)