The day after clinching their first IRB Sevens World Series title at Murrayfield, South Africa have reached the Cup semi finals at the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens after beating a combattive Australia side.They now face hosts Scotland, who won through to their second successive semi final – and only their second ever – after Colin Gregor’s cool conversion at the death sealed a fine comeback victory against Samoa.
In the other half of the Cup draw Wales will play Fiji after they won fine respective victories against Kenya and New Zealand.
New World Series champions South Africa are through to the Cup semi finals after they came through a closely contested tussle with Australia 17-7 with tries from Kyle Brown, Frankie Horne and Vuyo Zangqa.
Scotland then won a heart-stopper against Samoa, the islanders leading 12-0 at the break after tries by Alafoti Fa’osiliva and Uale Mai but the Scots storming back. John Houston scored both of their tries, the second right at the death leaving Colin Gregor with a tough conversion to win. Gregor held his nerve to keep the home fires burning.
World Cup-winners Wales produced a stunning display to beat Kenya 19-7. Rhys Jones scored twice and Tom Isaacs once, while Kenya had their chances but could only manage one try through Biko Adema.
Fiji turned around their 33-14 loss against New Zealand in London to beat the same opposition 26-19 in the fourth quarter final in one of the matches of the tournament. Pio Tuwai struck first for Fiji but Save Tokula pulled the game level and Tomasi Cama’s conversion edged the kiwis ahead, only for the Fijians to mount a length of the field assault with captain Vereniki Goneva scoring for a 10-7 half time lead. Tuwai scored again straight after the break and then Nasoni Roko put on a skills masterclass to create a superb fourth for Seremaia Burotu for a 26-7 lead. Kurt Baker pulled one back for New Zealand and with a minute remaining Solomon King scored another but the kiwi comeback ran out of time.