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SF: NZ 12, SA 5


Hosts South Africa stormed to the top of Pool A, securing a place in the cup quarter-finals in the third leg of the Sevens World Series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.


The Blitzboks defeated Samoa, France and Australia on the opening day to go unbeaten in the pool stages, qualifying for the top-tier competition on Sunday’s second and final day.

In their last pool match, against Australia, Chris Dry and Cecil Afrika scored tries in the first half to give South Africa a 12-7 lead at the break, and captain Frankie Horne crossed the whitewash shortly after the restart as they bagged a 17-7 victory.

The South Africans had been forced to fight back in their second match against France after their opponents raced into a 5-0 lead as early as the second minute. Cornal Hendricks scored a try late in the first period and Paul Delport dotted down in the second half to give the hosts a 12-5 win.

Earlier, Dry scored a hat-trick as the Blitzboks romped to a comfortable 29-7 victory over Samoa, who won the second leg of the series in Dubai, in their opening match of the tournament.

South Africa were set to face the United States in the quarterfinals on Sunday, in search of their first cup title of the season.

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  1. OK the SAPA report makes it sound like they are a victory over USA away from winning the Cup division but as it is a quarterfinal game there are 6 other teams in contention too. Who are they and who are SA likely to face if they win this 1/4 final against USA? What about the Dubai giant-killers Portugal? Have they made the Cup competition?

  2. For the millionth time… too many Orcs in Treu’s sides to consistently beat the top 4 in the rounds that matter!

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