Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team will meet Fiji for a place in the
final of the Rugby Sevens tournament at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast,
Australia on Sunday.
The Blitzboks came through Pool A of the tournament with
three convincing wins over Malaysia (43-0), Papua New Guinea (52-0) and
Scotland (26-5) on Saturday.
The defending champions looked sharp throughout the day and
closed out their performance with a strong second half against Scotland.
They were leading the Scots 7-0 at the break, but then
scored three well-worked tries to ease into a 26-0 lead before the men in blue
managed a consolation try.
In their opener, against Malaysia, South Africa scored at
will on route to a 43-0 win.
The same happened against Papua New Guinea, with another
eight tries bagged, with Ruhan Nel and Rosko Specman both getting a double.
"Yes, we played well today, laying a good foundation in
those opening two matches," Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell said afterwards.
"We did not play that well against Scotland in the
first half, making too many errors, but picked it up again nicely in the second
half. We now face Fiji and if we make the same basic errors as against the
Scots, they will punish us in the semi-finals. We need to make sure we play two
halves of good rugby when we face them," said Powell.
Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, said their mind set
against Scotland was one of a knock-out match.
“We approached it as a quarter-final. We did make some mistakes
and need to cut those out. We will be in Fiji’s faces all day and try to force
them to play to our structure. They will prefer an unstructured game, so it
will be an interesting contest. We have two matches left to win a medal and is
determined to do just that.”
South Africa v Malaysia
Tries: Dylan Sage, Justin
Geduld (2), Branco du Preez, Tim Agaba, Philip Snyman, Rosko Specman
Conversions: Du Preez (2), Justin Geduld (2)
South Africa v Papua New Guinea
Tries: Dylan Sage,
Werner Kok, Branco du Preez, Ruhan Nel (2), Rosko Specman (2), Zain Davids
Conversions: Branco du Preez (5), Cecil Afrika
South Africa v Scotland
Tries: Rosko Specman,
Justin Geduld, Ruhan Nel, Cecil Afrika
Conversions: Justin Geduld (3)
The semi-finals are: (SA times)
03:43 - England v New Zealand
04:05 - South Africa v Fiji