Moscow - The Springbok
Sevens team were edged out of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow’s Luzhniki
Stadium on Sunday with a heart-breaking 12-10 defeat to Fiji.
attempt from Cecil Afrika narrowly missed the upright after Sibusiso Sithole
scored with less than a minute of play to go and from the resulting kick-off
Fiji controlled the ball and kicked it into touch for their win.
was also knocked out at the quarterfinals of the 2005 Hong Kong and 2009 Dubai
World Cup Sevens tournaments.
Sevens team started well and were on the scoreboard first after Cheslin Kolbe
created some space to allow Ryno Benjamin to dot down in the corner. Kolbe’s
conversion was unsuccessful.
Two tries by
Fiji in quick succession gave them a 12-5 lead at the break.
came back well in the second half and when Sithole scored, extra time looked a
certainty. But it was not to be, much to the agony of the squad and coach Paul
Treu, who lost captain Kyle Brown due to suspension overnight.
Brown was found
guilty of “recklessly making contact with an opponent’s eye” and suspended for
wanted to win this for South Africa and for Madiba, so we are gutted,” Treu
enough opportunities for us to beat Fiji here today, but for once our play at
the break down let us down and they could extract penalties from our players
becoming isolated. I am still very proud on the effort of the players. They
showed their capabilities on the first two days, but we just did not complete the
job today. We have no one but ourselves to blame for that.”
returns to South Africa on Tuesday.
Women Sevens team also ended their World Cup campaign in disappointing fashion
when they were beaten 22-5 by Fiji in the Bowl quarterfinals.
tight just after the break, when a well-worked try by Pumeza Gadu cut the 12-0
Fiji halftime lead to one score only, but the Pacific Islanders responded by
scoring two more tries to secure the win.
disappointed ourselves and no doubt, our supporters too,” said Springbok Women
Sevens coach Denver Wannies afterwards.
“This was not
the way we expected the tournament to go for us. We did not play to our
Results from the third and final day at the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday:
South Africa 10 Fiji 12
New Zealand 26 Wales 10
England 21 Australia 17
Kenya 24 France 19