The Springbok Sevens will have to overcome Fiji this morning if they want to advance to the semi-finals of the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens.
South Africa lost 19-14 in their last Pool C match against Australia to finish second in their pool.
Tough day at the office, Springbok Sevens skipper Kyle Brown (Pic: Susan Van Der Riet)
The defeat against the young Australians ended a frustrating day for Kyle Brown’s team, who beat Russia 19-10 in their opening fixture and played to a 19-19 draw against Scotland.
South Africa played their best match of the day against Australia, but they were penalised at crucial moments for offside. Australia stormed back with three tries to lead 19-7 at one stage after Cecil Afrika gave the Springbok Sevens a 7-0 lead with a converted try.
Bernard Foley and John Grant (2) then hit back with tries for the opposition, before Afrika scored his second try of the match and his fourth of the day to put South Africa within reach at 19-14. However, another penalty after the restart allowed the Aussies to kick the ball into touch to end the match.
Afrika, Bernado Botha and Kyle Brown scored the SA tries against Russia in a match where coach, Paul Treu, gave five of the six new players a first run-out in the Series.
Scotland fought back from 7-19 down to draw 19-19 in the Springbok Sevens’ second game, with only a missed conversion saving SA from a defeat.
Brown scored two early tries as South Africa raced to a 12-0 lead, but the Scots hit back late in the first half with a converted try of their own. Afrika got the second half off to a good start his team’s third try, but Scotland then came with a big rally to almost seal the match at the end.
Today’s playing schedule is:
26 PORTUGAL 7 – 10 RUSSIA 1/4 final Bowl (Final score)
25 KENYA 0 – 43 ARGENTINA 1/4 final Bowl (Final score)
27 SCOTLAND 28 – 22 FRANCE 1/4 final Bowl (Final score)
28 ZIMBABWE 24 – 14 ARABIAN GULF 1/4 final Bowl (Final score)
29 SAMOA 38 – 5 UNITED STATES 1/4 final Cup (Final score)
30 FIJI 21 – 19 SOUTH AFRICA 1/4 final Cup (Final score)
31 AUSTRALIA 21 – 24 ENGLAND 1/4 final Cup (Final score)
32 NEW ZEALAND 35 – 7 WALES 1/4 final Cup (Final score)
33 KENYA 19 – 12 PORTUGAL SF Shield (Final score)
34 FRANCE 26 – 19 ARABIAN GULF SF Shield (Final score)
35 ARGENTINA 31 – 7 RUSSIA SF Bowl (Final score)
36 Scotland 17 – 28 Zimbabwe SF Bowl (Final score)
37 United States 10 – 24 South Africa SF Plate
Try Cecil Afrika!
Dazel conversion missed (5-0)
Renfred Dazel knocked out stone cold thanks to a clash of heads. He is stretchered off the pitch.
Cecil Afrika try!
Half-time score SA 12-0 USA
Try-time! Kyle Brown
Try USA (SA 19-5 USA)
Comeback USA: Try Sinu’ula
Try-time SA! Mark Richards scores (SA 24-10 USA)
38 Australia 26 – 12 Wales SF Plate (Final score)
39 Samoa 24 – 21 Fiji SF Cup (Final score)
40 England 19 – 14 New Zealand SF Cup (Final score)
41 Kenya 26 – 0 France Final Shield WINNERS: KENYA!
42 Argentina 21 – 0 Zimbabwe Final Bowl WINNERS: ARGENTINA!
43 South Africa 19 – 12 Australia Final Plate WINNERS: SOUTH AFRICA!
Half-time South Africa 7 – 12 Australia
Three tries by Cecil Afrika… you beaut!
44 Samoa 21 – 24 England Final Cup WINNER: ENGLAND!