England thump Boks again

Paul Treu’s Springbok Sevens team failed to salvage any pride for South Africa as they were hammered 33-14 by England at the semi-final stage of the Singapore Sevens on Sunday. Fiji then thrashed the Poms 40-21 to win the title.

After being thumped at the same stage by England in Hong Kong last weekend, the Boks were determined to put one over their bitter rivals. England had advanced after defeating Australia 26-14 in the last Cup quarter-final match, while the Boks had edged past France 15-12.

And with South Africa’s Super 14 franchises having fared so dismally this weekend, it was up to Treu and his charges to bring back some pride into the game in this country. After the Cheetahs, Stormers and Cats all lost and the Bulls squandered a gilt-edged opportunity for an away win only to allow the Chiefs to draw the match, rugby fans were pinning their hopes on the Sevens for something to cheer about.

Unfortunately it was not to be as England outclassed the Boks throughout to book a final against Fiji. Fiji had earlier breezed past Argentina 26-7 in the first semi.

In the main final, Fiji and England dished up a feast of tries as the Fijians triumphed 40-21 to extend their lead on top of the overall IRB Sevens Series stanindings. It was a match that see-sawed from end to end and was filled with speed, skill and enterprise. It is now a two-horse race for the coveted title of Sevens Champions.

Perhaps a small bonus for SA fans is that New Zealand and Australia, beaten at the quarter-final stage by Argentina and England respectively also lost in the plate semi-finals, but it is little consolation on a weekend where SA rugby teams were thoroughly shown up in almost every facet of the game.

New Zealand were downed by Samoa 24-5 and France then beat the Aussies 19-7 to advance to the Plate final. Samoa went on to defeat the French 26-5 to be crowned Plate champions.

THE RESULTS:

Cup:
Quarter-finals:
Fiji 14 Samoa 12
New Zealand 14 Argentina 21
South Africa 15 France 12
England 26 Australia 14

Semi-finals:
Fiji 26 Argentina 7
South Africa 14 England 33

Final:
Fiji 40 England 21

Plate:
Semi-finals:
Samoa 24 New Zealand 5
France 19 Australia 7

Final:
Samoa 26 France 5

Bowl:
Quarter-finals:
Japan 21 Korea 5
Canada 26 Hong Kong 19
Scotland 31 China 5
Kenya 34 Singapore 0

Semi-finals:
Japan 31 Canada 0
Scotland 14 Kenya 26

Final:
Japan 0 Kenya 12

Shield:
Semi-finals:
Korea 28 Hong Kong 12
China 17 Singapore 10

Final:
Korea 43 China 5