Blitzboks hopeless hope now on Japan

Blitzboks hopeless hope now on Japan

Gutsy they are and, on their performances thus far in Hamilton no walkover, but the Blitzboks hope to progress to the semi-final of the Hamilton tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series is a very, very slim one indeed.

With the new structure where no quarterfinals are played and only the pool winners progress to the semi-final, the Blitzboks were beaten 21-19 by England with Justin Geduld missing a relatively easy on the final hooter. The loss signalled the probable end of their title aspirations.

South Africa led 14-0 until just before halftime when England clawed back to 7-14 at the break through a try by speedster Dan Norton. England then dominated the second half to go up to 21-14 before Geduld's try and missed conversion brought the game to a close.

England had beaten Kenya,  the other danger side in Pool B, in their first match and unless Japan cause probably the upset of the tournament when they play England later on Saturday - while die Blitzboks still have to face a big and aggressive Kenya - the Blitzboks are now destined to try and finish fifth as the play-offs outside of the semi-finals are decided.

The match against Kenya is at 01:13 Sunday morning while England face Japan at 00:51 

Earlier on Saturday the Blitzboks beat Japan 31-5 while England accounted for Kenya 24-19.