Blitzboks power past Spain in Singapore opener

rugby03 May 2024 07:00| © SuperSport
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Selvyn Davids © Gallo Images

The Springbok Sevens team got their Singapore Sevens campaign going with a powerful 31-7 win over Spain on Friday morning.

The Blitzboks, who are using this tournament as a redemption tour with several stalwarts returning ahead of the season finale in Madrid later this season, looked clinical in their opening game ahead of some bigger battles to come.

Selvyn Davids kicked things off in the second minute with a fleet-footed break from the scrum to open the scoring, and was followed up by Dewald Human shortly afterwards, who caught the Spanish defence from a quick tap penalty.

Impi Visser added his name to the scoresheet early in the second half after a powerful run by Christi Grobbelaar took the team close to the line, while Tristan Leyds killed off the game as a contest by scoring a minute later.

Rosko Specman finished the rout with a try late in the game and while the Spanish team scored on the final whistle to spare themselves a whitewash, it was an impressive start from the Blitzboks team.

They will now face Samoa at 13h18 in their second pool game and France on Saturday morning in their third game.

France beat Samoa in their opening pool game 17-0 on Friday. Earlier in the day USA shocked Fiji 33-14 in the first match of the day while series challengers Ireland got their campaign off to a good start with a 19-5 win over Great Britain.