Paul Treu’s Sevens Boks stumbled, but ultimately had too many guns for a determined Portugal side. The Boks emerged 24-14 victors in their second match of the Hong Kong Sevens.
Treu’s side ran in four tries to the opposition’s two.
Consesus from Hong Kong is that South Africa made a meal of a game against a typically robust Portugal side. As usual, Fabian Juries was turned to for inspiration and again he stood tallest.
He broke the deadlock and inspired the win before Tomaz Morais’ men hit back with two late tries to reduce the gap to 24-14.
The Portuguese have competed well in the competition, but now are effectively out of the Cup competition. They went down narrowly to Wales (14-7) yesterday.
The structure of the competition means that their are six pools, and thus finishing in the top two is not sufficient to guarantee progess to the quarter-finals.
With only the top two runner-ups going through, it is essential the Boks win their pool to ensure progress.
Thus their clash with Wales has special significance. The last time these sides met was in the Commonwealth Games bronze medal play-off match, an encounter the Boks threw away as the Welsh stormed home in the final minutes.