Publicado: Mier, Abril 17, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

South Africa Beat Fiji to Win Singapore Sevens

South Africa Beat Fiji to Win Singapore Sevens

Australia looked impressive in beating group rivals Argentina, France and Hong Kong but struggled for possession against the slick English. Whether or not they are able to hold to become series champions for the first time, Team USA are all but guaranteed a top-four spot, which would mean automatic qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The 2018-19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series continues this weekend with the Singapore Sevens from National Stadium in Kallang.

The popular television series, with its unpredictable plot twists and epic battle scenes, would have been a fit comparison for what transpired, as South Africa came back all the way from 0-19 down in the first half to beat Fiji 20-19 via a last-second penalty kick. Fiji also lost to Scotland and only just scraped through to the final.

Fiji are second in the Sevens Series standings with 123 points, seven behind leaders the US. The last of the automatic Olympic qualifiers is likely to go to South Africa, but England are just nine points behind the Blitzboks. Bolaca successfully kicked two conversions.

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After their disappointing performance at the Hong Kong Sevens last weekend, Neil Powell's side had to start this tournament strongly, considering they are in the same pool as rivals Fiji.

But the Blitzboks roared back in the second spell, with Kurt-Lee Arendse, Angelo Davids and Ryan Oosthuizen dotting down to cut the deficit to two points with two minutes remaining, while Aminiasi Tuimaba was also shown a yellow card for a unsafe tackle.

They brought in substitutes Kurt-Lee Arendse and Selvyn Davids, and the moves paid off when Arendse finally opened the scoring for South Africa in the 10th minute with a try. Ryan Oostuizen's took advantage with a try in the sixth minute that made the score 19-17. But a penalty for offside gave South Africa a last chance and Selvyn Davids slotted the winning penalty.

"There was one time in the second half where we knocked the ball on and I thought "this is going to be tight", but we never stopped playing and trying".

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