South Africa Beat Fiji to Win Singapore Sevens

17 April, 2019, 10:53 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • New Zealand's Tim Mikkelson takes it to Japan in the opening match of the Singapore Sevens tournament

The Blitzboks celebrate their come-from-behind victory over Fiji in the final of the Singapore Sevens tournament on 14 April 2019. South Africa trailed 19-0 after a first half that was completely dominated by Fiji but turned the match around after halftime, matching Fiji's three tries and snatching the win with the last-gasp kick.

The top four teams after the remaining tournaments in London and Paris qualify automatically for next year's Tokyo Olympics.

They haven't reached the semi-finals since the opening round in Dubai, having lost all five quarter-final appearances since.

The series looks set to be fought out between leaders the United States and Fiji, who have closed to within three points.

Connor Braid, Phil Berna, Justin Douglas, Jake Thiel and Nathan Hirayama scored tries for Canada in the win over Japan. Thereafter Selvyn Davids, who already kicked a conversion, stepped up and added a penalty goal that pushed them into a 20-19 lead.

Aminiasi Tuimaba scored after two minutes, slipping a tackle and finishing a superb solo break for his 17th try in his last 18 matches.

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 risky tackle.

Still, The Eagles remain atop the series standings with 130 points, followed closely by Fiji (123), New Zealand (118) and South Africa (99).

"South Africa head coach Neil Powell said he was "thrilled" with the fightback which was "reward" for the effort his players put in over the weekend".

South Africa's Selvyn Davids slotted the winning penalty in the Singapore final.

"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". "These youngsters hang onto every single word that you tell them and well done to them, they're very gutsy and showed it out there in the second half".


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