Cape Town 7s: South Africa edge Great Britain and USA to book quarterfinals


South Africa rugby sevens team, Blitzboks, on Saturday qualified to the quarterfinals of the HSBC SVNS Cape Town after winning their opening Pool A matches at the DHL Stadium.

The Blitzboks got off to a perfect start after edging out Great Britain by 19-5 in their pool opener where Quewin Nortje bagged a brace.

Nortje scored early from a sniping blindside break from the base of a ruck, but Great Britain hit back on the stroke of halftime through Harry Glover.

Geduld then restored the Blitzboks’ lead shortly after the break, converting his own try to make it 12-5. Three minutes later, Nortje was at it again, his second try all but sealing the deal for the host nation as Brown added the extras for a 19-5 win.

In their second match, South Africa beat USA by 26-14 in front of a vibrant crowd to aintain their unbeaten run in the pool.

The South Africans had a great first half and kept the USA scoreless, while Ryan Oosthuizen and Rosko Specman scored converted tries that had the crowd on their feet.

However, a yellow card early in the second half to Justin Geduld opened the door for the Americans, who scored twice in two minutes through Lucas Lacamp to level the scores at 14-14.

With a number of replacements taking the field, the Blitzboks steadied the ship and late tries by Impi Visser and Ronald Brown sealed the deal.

Blitzboks will play in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

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