Cape Town - South Africa will face their nemesis Fiji in their bid to win their first Hong Kong Sevens title on Sunday.
The Blitzboks won a tense quarter-final 7-5 against a tough Australian
outfit to squeak into the quarters and set up another big match against
their bogey team in the semi-finals of the competition.
It presents a big task for the Blitzboks, who have struggled against
Fiji in the past, and need a good performance if they are to keep their
lead at the top of the HSBC Sevens Series log.
Their nearest rivals, New Zealand, breezed into the quarter-finals with
an easy win over Argentina, and will face an “easier” semi-final against
The Blitzbokke have never won in Hong Kong, the Sevens Series showpiece
tournament which is celebrating its 40th year this weekend.
It took a late Werner Kok try, after several phases where the Boks came
close, and a Cecil Afrika conversion to put them through in a match
where Australia dominated possession for large periods of the game.
In the first half the Blitzboks couldn’t get their hands on the ball, as
Jesse Parahi put the Australians up with a try in the corner. But even
when they did in the second, they struggled against a fierce Australian
The Blitzboks finally broke through when Afrika went close and Kok picked up the ball and lunged over for the try.
They will face Fiji at 09:46, with the second semi-final between Samoa
and New Zealand kicking off at 10:08.