The South Africans again managed to go through their pool matches unbeaten, registering wins against France (17-10) on Friday, followed by a convincing 35-10 win over Kenya earlier on Saturday before their late surge against Canada ensured that they progress to their seventh consecutive playoff.
Neil Powell’s men have played in every final this season, winning four tournaments and losing just two, to
The Blitzboks were able to top Pool B, but were made to sweat as
The South Africans made the perfect start, with Dylan Sage cantering over in the second minute, but the North Americans struck back three minutes later to level the score at 7-7 by halftime.
Replacement Ruhan Nel crashed over after running a sublime line to take a short pass from Cecil Afrika, before Afrika sliced the Canadian defence with his speed to give the series leaders a 19-7 advantage.
The Sevens Boks showed their class with the last try when Siviwe Soyizwapi gathered a deft chip by Nel to swallow dive and record a comprehensive 26-7 win.
Powell says he was very pleased with the way in which his side performed on the second day, but said they will have to put all of their efforts into overcoming
“I’m very happy with the second day. The guys really made the step up from our performance against
“We won’t focus too much on what history says about us not having ever won in Hong Kong (ahead of the New Zealand quarter-final), but we will look at the things that have made us successful this season,” Powell said.
Hong Kong Cup Quarter-Finals