South Africa’s Sevens team stormed into the Commonwealth Games semi-finals following a 35-12 beating of Scotland in the quarter-finals in Glasgow on Saturday. Cornal Hendricks was first over the try line for the South Africans. Cecil Afrika breached the Scottish defence before offloading to wrap up a period of early dominance in which the hosts did not see any possession.
Branco Du Preez added the two points. Halfway through the half Du Preez beat two Scottish defenders before executing a glorious sidestep that saw him go over under the posts. The flyer converted his own try to make it 14-0.
The Blitzbokke then went over for try number three courtesy of Seabelo Senatla near the far corner and then Du Preez added a stunning conversion to all but kill the game off before the break. Ibrox came alive during added time when Mark Bennett crossed the line to put Scotland on the board. The second half started with a bang for the hosts as Lee Jones went over.
However the conversion was wide and even though it was still game on at 21-12, the South Africans had breathing space. Speaking of space, Senatla exploited it superbly well to sprint his way past two Scots just seconds later to go over under the posts. The superiority was restored at 28-12.
A fine move that saw quick hands down the line set up Afrika to go over for the Blitzbokke’s fifth try. Despite a little wobble either side of half-time South Africa completed a relativley easy 35-12 triumph. The South Africans will play Samoa in the semi-finals later in the day.