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Blitzboks to face Uganda in repechage quarter-final

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The Springbok Sevens workforce accomplished a profitable pool stage of their World Rugby Sevens Repechage match in Monaco on Saturday, ending prime of Pool A with victories over Tonga (31-7) and Chile (26-7) after defeating Mexico (44-0) on Friday, and can now face Uganda at 11h31 (SA time) on Sunday within the quarter-final.

The Monaco winner will qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Video games.

Springbok Sevens interim Head Coach, Philip Snyman, praised his troops after the three wins, saying that an necessary first hurdle was crossed.

“We would have liked to prime the pool and to take action, we would have liked to play three good matches on the trot,” stated Snyman. 

“I feel we did that over the past two days, and though it was not excellent, the primary goal was reached.”

They are going to face Uganda – a workforce Snyman coached to Rugby World Cup Sevens qualification in 2022.

“They’re skillful athletes and a rustic with a proud Olympic heritage, so want no motivation for this sport,” Snyman stated.

“For us the problem will probably be to proceed the momentum picked up over the primary two days as a result of tomorrow is when it actually issues.”

The opening conflict in opposition to Tonga was a bodily affair as anticipated.

The Blitzboks countered that with superior ball abilities and tempo. Quewin Nortje once more confirmed that his tempo had no friends at this degree with two nicely taken tries within the first half, and a Shilton van Wyk dotted down within the nook gave the SA facet a 24-0 lead on the break.

The second half was extra of the identical though the Blitzboks conceded a attempt to maintain them sincere.

In opposition to Chile, extra persistence was wanted to interrupt their opponents down.

Tristan Leyds opened the scoring after a pleasant Selvyn Davids grubber opened up the Chilean defence. He transformed as nicely for a 7-0 lead.

Van Wyk scored on the buzzer after a pleasant Leyds offload, who transformed as nicely for a 14-0 lead on the break.

Within the second spell, Siviwe Soyizwapi completed a well-worked strive from a counter-attack that began close to their very own line.

Chile pulled one again with two minutes left, however Ryan Oosthuizen scored after a comfortable contact by Tiaan Pretorius. and Shaun Williams transformed.

Scorers:

South Africa 31 (10), Tonga 7 (0)

SA – Tries: Quewin Nortje (2), Shilton van Wyk, Selvyn Davids, Shaun Williams. Conversions: Leyds (3).

South Africa 26 (14), Chile 7 (0).

SA – Tries: Tristan Leyds, Shilton van Wyk, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Ryan Oosthuizen. Conversions: Leyds (2), Shaun Williams.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

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