Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team scored a dramatic 10-0 win over
England in their final pool B clash of the first-ever Cape Town Sevens at
the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday to keep their defence of the South African
leg of the Series alive.
They will meet Australia in the Cup quarter-finals at
12:26 on Sunday.
The South African Blitzboks earlier in the day suffered an
unexpected 14-12 defeat to Kenya and had to beat England, last weekend's
finalists in Dubai, to secure a spot in the Cup quarters.
The Kenyans proved to be a hard nut to crack, as they also
drew with England in their opening pool B match. They outclassed Zimbabwe in
their third pool match to top pool B.
Against England, the Blitzboks got on the scoreboard early,
courtesy of Juan de Jongh, who capitalised on England having a player in the
sin bin. The local hero stepped past a couple of defenders to keep the crowd,
who swelled to more than 52 000 during the day, happy and coming back for more
The only other score in the match came in the second half
when Ryno Benjamin crossed the line following some sustained pressure by his
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell was proud of the win, but
admitted that it was a frustrating day.
"We are in the Cup quarters where we wanted to be, but
things just did not happen for us today. We made many mistakes and very few of
the things we tried, really worked. That said, we are still on track defending
our title. There are no injuries in the camp, so we will give it our best on
Sunday," he said.
Fiji and Australia were the only two sides to win all three
of their matches, with log-leading Fijians very impressive. They scored 129
points and 21 tries and have now won their last 33 pool matches in the series.
New Zealand suffered a defeat to Canada for only the second
time in history, but topped Pool D with a 19-10 win over Samoa to set up a
quarter-final with Argentina.The USA will play Kenya in the last Cup quarter-final.