Boks crash out of Commonwealth Games
17 Mar 2006
The Sevens Boks Commonwealth dream is over.
Host nation Australia, boosted by stars Chris Latham, Loti Tuqiri, Matt Giteau and Scott Fava, beat the Boks 20-14 in the quarter-finals and will now play New Zealand in the first semi-final.
The Aussies, scoring four tries to two, lead 10-7 at halftime.
The defending champions New Zealand beat Canada 24-0.
England and Fiji play in the other semi-final after England snatched a last minute win against Samoa. The latter lead 14-12 with just second remaining, but England international Matthew Tait scored his third try of the match to give the pre-games favourites a 17-14 win.
Fiji, after initially struggling to subdue Wales, won 26-7.
There was small consolation for the Boks, who held off a Canadian fight back to win through to the Plate final 17-14.
In the Plate final South Africa lost to Wales 29-28.