South Africa suffered a 17-5 defeat to Wales in their final Pool D fixture on day one of the Glasgow Sevens.
It was a disappointing finish to the day as they were convincingly beaten by Wales. The victors ran in three tries to clinch the win – two coming in the first half via Rhys Shellard and Ifan Evans while Tom Grabham scored the third after the break.
Jamba Ulengo grabbed a try for for the Blitzboks in the first stanza, but it proved to be a consolation score as Wales held a healthy lead throughout the match.
Paul Treu’s charges will now face England in the Cup quarter-finals on day two.
In their first fixture of the campaign, the Springbok Sevens held on for a 17-14 win over Russia.
They built their victory on a strong first-half showing, which saw them run in three tries through Steven Hunt, Chris Dry and Branco du Preez. Du Preez only added one conversion to make it 17-0 at the break.
Russia then fought back strongly in the second stanza, restricting South Africa effectively on attack while they grabbed two converted tries via Yury Gostyuzhev and Stanislav Bondarev. However, the Blitzboks managed to hold on for a tight three-point win.
In South Africa’s second pool game, Frankie Horne scored the match-winning try in a 19-14 win over Scotland.
The Blitzboks had a strong start, scoring the two opening tries for a 12-0 lead. Scotland then surged ahead with converted tries on either side of half-time. Colin Gregor dotted down on both occasions to put the Scots 14-12 ahead.
In the dying stages of the match, Horne crossed the chalk to give the Springbok Sevens a hard-fought triumph.
Blitzboks’ fixtures (day one):
South Africa 17 Russia 14
South Africa 19 Scotland 14
South Africa 17 Wales 5