Cape Town - South Africa finally got a win under their
belt in their last Pool A match against Wales on Saturday but their comfortable 31-0 victory came too late to save them from elimination
from the Cup competition at the Hong Kong Sevens.
Instead, the Blitzbokke will now play
against Spain on Sunday morning (05:06 SA time) in one of four
Bowl quarter-final clashes.
Justin Geduld scored a hat-trick of tries
against Wales as the Springbok Sevens side delivered a much improved team effort to
register a deserved win. South Africa eventually scored five tries while
managing to keep Wales scoreless.
After consecutive losses against Argentina
and Australia in their earlier pool matches, coach Paul Treu’s team scored
three unanswered tries in the first half to lead 19-0 at the break. Seabelo
Senatla opened the scoring after he had danced his way through several tackles.
Geduld, back in action after he missed the
Wellington and Las Vegas tournaments of the Sevens World Series because of
injury, then showed his worth on attack by scoring two quick tries. The
speedster got a third in the second half before Philip Snyman added his name to
the try scorers just before the final whistle.
Earlier on Saturday, Australia beat the
Blitzbokke 21-12 to knock them out of the Cup competition.
Paul Delport and Senatla scored for South
Africa, while a brace by Shannon Walker and another by James Stannard pulled
The four Cup quarter-final matches in Hong
Wales v Canada
Portugal v Kenya
Fiji v Australia
New Zealand v Samoa
The Bowl quarter-final fixtures are:
Argentina v Hong Kong
Scotland v USA
Spain v South Africa
France v England