The Blitzboks have come back from a demoralising first-round defeat on day one to advance through to the Paris Sevens Cup semi-finals on Sunday.
Neil Powell’s team combined thrilling attacking play with courageous defence to outlast the hard-running Samoans 12-0 in the quarter-final on Sunday morning at the Stade Jean Bouin.
The South Africans will take on
A place in the Cup final would see the Blitzboks clinch the World Sevens Series title for the first time since 2009, having ended second in five out of the last six seasons.
In the clash against
But just before halftime, after relentless pressure by the Springbok Sevens, star playmaker Cecil Afrika forced his way over to set up a 5-0 lead.
Branco du Preez missed the conversion almost from in front, but it didn’t prove costly in the end.
Then the moment of the game came a minute later. Chris Dry burst through the Samoan defence, Afrika kept the ball alive and Ruhan Nel nearly went all the way as well.
But then former World Sevens Player of the Year Werner Kok shrugged off two defenders and put on the dancing shoes to slam the ball down for a superb five-pointer.
This time Du Preez slotted the angled conversion to give the Blitzboks a 12-0 halftime lead, and they never relinquished their advantage.
Blitzboks – Tries: Cecil Afrika, Werner Kok. Conversion: Branco du Preez (1).