Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team reached
their seventh consecutive quarter-final of the 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens
Series on Saturday after wins over Scotland (31-17) and England (33-15) in
their pool matches of the Hong Kong tournament.
They now meet Spain on Sunday
for a place in the last four.
On Friday, the first day of the
Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, they kicked off their Pool C commitments
with a runaway 45-0 victory over South Korea. Their victories over Scotland and
England meant the South Africans were able to match the powerful Fiji side as
the only unbeaten team after three matches.
Spain defeated Australia on Friday
and also Canada on Saturday to clinch second place in Pool B and they will now
meet the Blitzboks in the second Cup quarter-final on Sunday. Kick-off is
The young South Africans, with no
less than five World Series debutants in the squad, delivered a strong
performance against Scotland and their three second-half tries proved to be the
difference. They led 14-10 at the break but managed to score three unanswered
tries in the second half to pull away from Scotland.
The Blitzboks were on the back
foot from the start when the English scored with the opening play of the match.
They conceded another try, however, converted tries from Stedman Gans and
Selvyn Davids gave them a 14-10 half-time lead.
England were also first to score
after the restart and took a narrow 15-14 lead. The young South Africans kept
their composure and replied with tries through Gans, Davids and Ndhlovu to
secure their undefeated status in the group stages.
Stand-in Springbok Sevens coach,
Marius Schoeman, was afterwards understandably pleased with them topping their
“We conceded some unnecessary points, especially against England, but it
was mission accomplished as we wanted to top our pool,” said Schoeman.
Dewald Human, who is leading the
Blitzboks in Hong Kong, said the team showed good character against England,
when they came from behind to win against a strong opponent.
had to really dig deep today against two quality teams. We made some mistakes
but worked hard to correct them and that is pleasing,” explained Human.
The draw for the Hong Kong
Cup quarter-finals on Sunday (SA times):
Fiji v Argentina
South Africa v Spain
USA v New Zealand
Kenya vs Scotland
The Springbok Sevens squad:
1. Heino Bezuidenhout, 2. Ryan Oosthuizen, 3. Zain Davids, 4. Marco Labuschagne, 5. Mosolwa Mafuma, 6. James Murphy, 7. Selvyn Davids, 8. Dewald Human (captain), 9. Rhyno Smith, 10. Stedman Gans, 11. Muller du Plessis, 12. Mfundo Ndhlovu, 13. Sandile Ngcobo*
*Official replacement player