The Springboks produced a second half revival to clinch a place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after a nervous first 40 had raised hopes for a packed home crowd of a repeat of the ‘Miracle of Brighton’ with victory over South Africa four years ago.
South Africa lost 19-14 to Kenya's Morans team in the final of the Tusker Safari Sevens at RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi after a slow start in the first half saw the visitors concede 19 points against the locals.
It was convincing, but should have been easier as the Springboks beat Japan 26-3 in Tokio on Sunday.
Wales coach Warren Gatland acknowledged that the “best team lost today” after a brain fade by France lock Sabastien Vahaamahina which was punished with a red car, cost his side victory in the quarterfinal against Wales in Oita on Sunday.
After the wait and expectation, and with surprises a real possibility, the Rugby World Cup’s first two quarterfinals on Saturday were rather disappointing.