Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team finished second in Pool D of the
London Sevens at Twickenham on Saturday and will now face Fiji in the Cup
quarter-finals on Sunday.
With Fiji leading the Springbok Sevens team by five points
on the overall log, this clash could go in a long way in determining
the final series standings.
A defeat for the second-placed South Africans would mean the
end of their quest for a second ever series title, but if they can get past
Fiji in the last eight, their title hopes will still be very much alive.
South Africa’s Blitzboks started the day well, beating
Portugal 19-0 in the opening match of the tournament. A Stephan
Dippenaar try gave the team a 7-0 lead at the break, before a second from
Dippenaar and a Rosko Specman effort secured the win, with the remaining points
coming from Branco du Preez and Justin Geduld conversions.
Du Preez was instrumental in their second pool match, a 28-7
win over France. The sweeper scored a try and kicked three conversions, with
the remaining points from Seabelo Senatla (two tries), Kyle Brown (try) and
Justin Geduld (conversion).
This set-up a pool decider against the USA. Tries by
Dippenaar and Werner Kok had the Blitzboks in command with a 12-0 lead at the
break. A yellow card to Brown was exploited by the USA though, who scored two
converted tries in two minutes to take the lead. In the last minute, Carlin
Isles could the Springbok Sevens defence napping for the final score of the
match and a win for the Americans.
11:28: Fiji v South Africa
11:50: Scotland v Australia
12:12: USA v Canada12:34: New Zealand v