SAN FRANCISCO – The Springbok Sevens team claimed third place and the bronze medal at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens, played at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday. The Blitzboks secured a 24-19 win over Fiji to claim a second medal in two months and cap off another stellar season.
The team won the World Rugby Sevens Series in June for a second consecutive year and added bronze to their medal tally. They finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games – their lowest placing in a major sporting event for the season.
Solid performances against Ireland and Scotland on Friday and Saturday respectively, counted for very little as they were outplayed by England in the semi-finals of the tournament, losing 29-7 early on Sunday (SA time).
The team bounced back against Fiji later in the same afternoon, and played some brilliant rugby to end the season with a commanding performance.
Coach, Neil Powell, said the team were happy with the medal, although not the colour.