The South African U18 sevens team will face Canada in the quarter-finals at the Commonwealth Youth Games on Sunday.
South Africa finished second in Pool B after winning two games and losing 7-5 to England in the group decider. They cruised through their first two pool matches, claiming 62-0 victories over Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago respectively. However, they failed to perform in the vital fixture and squandered several try-scoring opportunities in their only defeat.
Justin Geduld proved to be the star of the match in the first victory over Sri Lanka as the playmaker claimed four tries. Jan Serfontein, Carel Swart, Cheslin Kolbe, Burger Odendaal, Dries Swanepoel and Andre Esterhuizen also crossed the chalk to seal a convincing victory.
South Africa carried their winning momentum into their Trinidad and Tobago clash, scoring 10 tries in total. Sean Robinson grabbed the most tries, claiming the team’s second hat-trick of the day.
Against England, it was a close and physical match. After a scrappy start, England managed to score first through Scott Stirling. South Africa had the chances to hit back, but were held out by a strong English defence. The half-time score read 7-0.
South Africa came out strong in the second half, and played most of the match in England’s territory. However, poor decision-making and individual errors saw the team fail to capitalise early. Tyler Fisher managed to score an unconverted try late in the match, but time ran out for Vuyo Zangqa’s charges and England held on for an important win.