Blitzboks crash out of Cup

Losses to Portugal and Samoa have resulted in the Blitzboks failing to qualify for the Cup quarter-finals at the Dubai Sevens.

Portugal recorded not one but two massive upsets on Day 1 of the tournament. First they shocked the Blitzboks 12-10 thanks to a try in the final play of that contest. Then they edged England 22-21 to put themselves into a position to win the group.

South Africa started the day with an unconvincing 19-10 win over England, and lost their captain Kyle Brown to an ankle injury in the process.

They were then outplayed by a physically-superior Portugal side, who also showed terrific skill and composure throughout the game.

Samoa managed to beat Portugal, but went down to England. This meant that the final fixture of the pool between South Africa and Samoa would determine who advanced to the Cup quarter-finals along with Portugal.

The Pacific islanders were the more clinical of the two teams, with former Eastern Province wing Paul Perez crashing over for two tries in the first half. This left South Africa with too much to do in the second stanza, and Samoa eventually emerged as comfortable 10-5 winners.

Portugal and Samoa will now advance to the Cup quarter-finals, while South Africa will play against Russia in the Bowl quarter-finals.

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