The Blitzboks started off their Singapore challenge in the World Cup Sevens Series in the worst possible way with a kick-off into the in-goal area of Scotland.
They paid the penalty as Scotland, from their resulting halfway free-kick, took and held possession and the Blitzboks, starved of possession, duly conceded the first try after two minutes.
With pure handling from the Scots it seemed that it could be a tough encounter, and until halftime it was the case with South Africa only 12-10 up at the break. The first of their two tries went to Branco du Preez, who equals Kyle Brown's record of 69 tournaments with his appearance in Singapore. It was his 91st try for the Blitzboks in 69 tournaments.
By halftime the Blitzboks weren’t assured of a win.
However, in the second half some outstanding options and running angles onto the ball saw the Blitzboks run in a further four tries and keep the Scots at bay to win 36-10.
Of concern were five Blitzboks passes bounced on the ground before it reached the receiver, and importantly that the South African side, by over-committing players to the breakdown, were caught without no defence on the wings.
Against better opposition that would be fatal.
And better opposition there is in their Pool A where Fiji beat Canada 50-12.
South Africa, if they beat Canada in their clash and depending how things go against Fiji, will most probably line-up against either New Zealand or Samoa, the leading sides in Pool D, in Sunday’s quarter-finals.
First round scores –
New Zealand 43 Japan 0, Samoa 40 Spain 14, England 37 Kenia 7, USA 31 Wales 12, Argentina 17 Australia 22, France 26 Hong Kong 7, South Afrika 36 Canada 10, Fiji 50 Canada 12.