The Springbok Sevens were beaten 19-10 in their final pool game by New Zealand on day two at the Hong Kong Sevens.
Defending World Series champions New Zealand eased to victory after dominating in the first half. They scored three tries via Waisake Naholo, Charles Piutau and Jack Wilson, while they kept South Africa, who committed too many errors, scoreless before the break.
Paul Treu’s men performed better in the second half, but they didn’t do enough to overcome the 19-point deficit. Speedster Cornal Hendricks did well out wide to open the scoring before New Zealand received a yellow card because of a Piutau spear tackle. But the Blitzboks couldn’t capitalise on their one-man advantage. They could only grab a consolation try in the final movement of the match when Chris Dry sneaked in at the corner.
South Africa will now face Samoa in the Cup quarter-finals.
Earlier on day two, the Springboks downed USA 15-7.
South Africa started the match well in the first half as William Small-Smith and Stephan Dippenaar dotted down to give their team a 10-0 lead at the break. The Americans hit back with a converted try via skipper Shalom Suniula to cut the deficit to three points, but Cecil Afrika sealed the win with a late score.
In the Blitzboks’ only day one fixture, they picked up a 10-0 scrappy win over Wales.
Wales wasted an early opportunity to score and the Blitzboks made them pay, Afrika crafting a try for Boom Prinsloo just before half-time. Afrika then crossed the whitewash just after the restart following some intelligent build-up play. The Blitzboks failed to find any synergy thereafter, but their defence ensured Wales never got close to a comeback.
Blitzboks’ Hong Kong Sevens pool fixtures (day one and two):
South Africa 10 Wales 0
South Africa 15 USA 7
South Africa 10 New Zealand 19
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