SA secure quarter-final spot
6 Mar 2009
South Africa held on for a 19-14 win to guarantee a place in the quarter-finals despite a spirited second-half fight back from Scotland in Dubai.
Paul Treu’s men were hardly impressive in their third pool game and will have to improve if they hope to overcome the likes of New Zealand and Fiji and capture the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
In their first game of day two South Africa overcame a determined Canada 15-7. The Bok Sevens looked comfortable with a 10-0 half-time lead, but Canada started the second half brightly and after controlling possession for several minutes were finally rewarded with a converted try to reduce the margin to three.
Renfred Dazel, though, broke Canadian hearts and put the result beyond doubt for the Boks when he ran the length of the field to score SA’s third try.
Defending champions Fiji were again in cruise control on day two winning both their pool games at a canter while the always impressive New Zealand were never tested as they finished top of Pool A with three wins from three scoring a total of 102 points and conceding just 18.
Samoa, England and Argentina were the other sides to maintain 100% records as they all finished top of their respective groups.
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