Sat. May 25th, 2019

Hong Kong Sevens: Blitzboks edged by Argentina in race for fifth

hong kong sevens blitzboksThe Blitzboks had to settle for sixth at the Hong Kong Sevens after a late try handed Argentina a close win on Sunday.

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A close defeat to Argentina capped a miserable finals day for the Blitzboks at the Hong Kong Sevens as they had to settle for a sixth-place finish on Sunday morning (SAST).

South Africa had earlier bowed out of contention for the main prize after crashing out in the quarterfinals – losing 21-12 to the United States after failing to score in the second half.

This set up a meeting with the South Americans, with a fifth-place finish as high as either side could go.

The Blitzboks started well, with two quick tries from captain Siviwe Soyizwapi and veteran Branco du Preez to race to a 12-point lead, but the former was sin-binned just before the break, allowing the Pumas to use their numerical advantage as they opened their account.

Trailing 12-5 at halftime, Argentina were the first to score in the second half as they levelled matters before series debutant Kurt-Lee Arendse responded with his first try in the green and gold.

A missed conversion gave the South Americans a sniff and, after some resilient Blitzboks defence, they were able to break through in the dying moments with a converted try that saw them sneak past to lead 19-17.

With the final whistle looming, the Blitzboks failed to make something of what was the last play of the contest, as they succumbed to a second straight defeat after being unbeaten in the first round.

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