Saturday, 13 May 2017
The Springbok Sevens team took an important step towards the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title in Paris on Saturday, qualifying for a ninth consecutive Cup quarter-finals spot in the 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The Springboks played three, won two on Day1 of the 2017 HSBC Paris7s:
South Africa 12 – 19 Scotland
South Africa 35 – 05 Japan
South Africa 31 – 07 Canada
They will face Samoa in the last eight of the HSBC Paris Sevens, the same opponent who knocked them out of contention at the same stage of last year’s tournament.
South Africa have won 42 of 68 matches played between the two countries with an average 18 – 14 winning margin. This will be the first time they meet Samoa in the current series.
Said head coach Neil Powell:
“We knew Canada was a very important game for us, not only for this tournament but in the context of the series. The guys went out there and fought hard, as we really wanted this result. They knew a draw or loss would put us out of the Cup competition, so really went out there to rectify the mistakes from that opening game against Scotland. We were disappointed about that first one.”
“We knew a draw or loss would put us out of the Cup competition, so really went out there to rectify the mistakes from that opening game against Scotland. We were disappointed about that first one.”
Powell was full of praise for Samoa, who finished the day undefeated.
“Samoa will be physical. We lost against them in last year at the same stage, hopefully, we can change the result.”
The Cup quarters on Sunday are:
10h28: Scotland vs Fiji
10h50: England vs USA
11h12: Samoa vs South Africa
11h34: New Zealand vs France
Samoa is the defending Paris7s Champions.