Rugby 11.12.2016 05:23 pm

Rosco Speckman’s magic helps Blitzboks beat All Blacks

Rosco Speckman scores the Blitzboks' match-winning try. Photo: Petri Oeschger/Gallo Images.

Rosco Speckman scores the Blitzboks' match-winning try. Photo: Petri Oeschger/Gallo Images.

But South Africa might have to play the final without two key players in Seabelo Senatla and veteran Kyle Brown due to injury.

By taming the All Blacks 14-7 in an absorbing semifinal of the Cape Town Sevens on Sunday, the Blitzboks not only made sure of a showpiece match against England (kick-off at 19:44).

Far more importantly, they proved New Zealand rugby doesn’t have a stranglehold over South Africa when it comes to the sevens format.

This was, after all, a second consecutive victory over the old enemy after beating them 40-0 in Dubai last week.

The Blitzboks’ triumph may come at a price though.

Seabelo Senatla, South Africa’s try-machine, had come into the game carrying a calf niggle and despite setting up Branco du Preez’s try, he was replaced at half-time.

Another stalwart, Kyle Brown, had to be taken off the field with a golf cart after injuring his right knee try to compete at a breakdown.

Yet the Blitzboks’ bench has been the envy of many sides in this tournament and it showed its teeth once again.

With the game deadlocked at 7-all, replacement Rosco Speckman scored a spectacular, match-winning try after running 75m from a lineout.

His brilliant contribution made the All Blacks panic and thereafter they found themselves being frustrated by typically solid South African defending.

Point-scorers: Blitzboks (7) – Tries: Branco du Preez, Rosco Speckman. Conversions: Cecil Afrika, Du Preez. All Blacks (7) – Try: Sherwin Stowers. Conversion: Rocky Khan.

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