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- Updated: March 13, 2016
The Blitzboks ended day one of the Vanvouver Ruby Sevens unbeaten after downing Scotland, Brazil and Argentina.
Following their 43-0 thrashing of Scotland they went on to beat Rio Olympics host nation Brazil 26-7 before scoring five tries to beat Argentina 27-0.
Sarugbymag.com reports that South Africa therefore finished top of their pool to advance to the Cup quarter-finals, where they will play Wales at 8.30pm (SA time) on Sunday.
Neil Powell’s charges scored 16 tries in their three pool games, including four from flyer Seabelo Senatla, while only conceding one.
After the victory against South Africa met more resistance against Brazil, whose defence was better than Scotland’s. Luca Rodriguez put the South Americans on the board in the second minute and Moises Rodriguez converted.
However, a self-converted effort from Du Preez drew the Blitzboks level before Tim Agaba’s score on the stroke of half-time put South Africa in the ascendancy. After a number of substitutions, the Blitzboks went over for two more converted tries in the second stanza and defended well.
Against Argentina, the Blitzboks led 10-0 at half-time courtesy of two unconverted tries. They extended that advantage when Kwagga Smith, Cecil Afrika and Senatla all crossed after the interval to round off the match.
One area of concern for the Blitzboks is the goal-kicking. Of the 16 tries scored, they only managed to convert eight.
The Cup semi-finals will start at 12.08am on Monday (SA time) with the final scheduled for 2:55am.
Picture of Habana in Vancouver action courtesy of AFP Photo