Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team will face Samoa in the Cup quarter-finals of
the New Zealand Sevens on Sunday after going undefeated on the first day
of the tournament at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton.
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The Blitzboks beat Kenya (29-5), France (17-5) and Scotland (26-7) to top Pool C on a day described by Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell as "pleasing".
"I am happy in our progress. We have improved in every game and that is what we were looking for," Powell said afterwards.
"We started a bit slow against Kenya, but improved during the match and continued with that against France and Scotland."
For Powell, the effort, especially on defence, will be crucial on Sunday, when they face Samoa.
"It is going to be physical and the team who use their chances best should prevail. Defence will be key and if we can pitch up defensively against them, we will be in the match," Powell said.
Scorers in SA v Scotland match:
Tries: Siviwe Soyizwapi (2), Branco du Preez, Werner Kok
Conversions: Du Preez, Selvyn Davids (2)
Try: Sam Pecqueur
Conversion: Robbie Fergusson
The Cup quarter-finals on Sunday are (SA times):
01:36: Fiji vs Canada
01:58: South Africa vs Samoa
02:20: New Zealand vs Australia
02:42: USA vs Scotland