SA edge out Aussies
23 May 2009
South Africa over came a gutsy Australian outfit 17-14 in their final round-robin game to top Pool A.
In a tightly contested game, South Africa went into the break 5-0 up, but Australia hit back with an early second-half try from the impressive Willie Bishop to take the lead.
Kyle Brown responded with his second try of the series but Australia regained the lead almost immediately with Bishop’s pace and stepping ability causing the Bok Sevens all sorts of problems.
But with time running out, Gio Aplon scored South Africa’s third try of the match and Vuyo Zangqa slotted the conversion attempt to seal the win.
Earlier in the day, South Africa demolished Germany 70-0, scoring a total of 10 unanswered tries. Leading 28-0 at the break South Africa kicked into top gear in the second stanza to destroy their opponents.
In their first game Paul Treu’s men kicked off the tournament with an impressive 29-5 win over World Cup-winners Wales. Renfred Dazel set them on their way and they led 12-5 at the break when Craig Hill cancelled out Ryno Benjamin’s try.
Captain Mzwandile Stick scored a brace as South Africa opened up a comfortable lead before Aplon finished off the try scoring.
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