Blitzboks fail Las Vegas objective

Desiree Steele
March 7, 2018

England Sevens will face New Zealand in the fifth-place semi-final at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series in Las Vegas Pool B on day three.

After coming agonisingly close to playing in their third consecutive final, the Blitzboks surprisingly lost their semi-final clash to Argentina 12-10 before losing the bronze medal match 26-22 to Fiji at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday (Monday morning South African time).

Argentina, appearing in their 14th Sevens final had won twice on U.S. soil before, but were unable to resist the power and pace of the USA team, who went unbeaten through the weekend.

Kenya Sevens qualified for the main Cup quarterfinal by the skin of their teeth when bullish Andrew Amonde landed the winning try as they stunned giants Fiji 17-14 in their last Pool "A" match on Saturday in Las Vegas.

The USA beat Argentina 28-0 in the final after ousting Fiji 19-7 in the semis to become the fifth different victor in five tournaments this season.

We had a poor opening match against Wales on Friday and did not play our best rugby against Argentina on Sunday but did well in the other matches.

"Obviously‚ we will have to improve come Vancouver‚ but our depth was tested very nicely today".

They are now 10 points clear of second-placed New Zealand.

"The one against Wales a slow start and we didn't perform like we would have liked to".

Fiji scored four tries with captain Jerry Tuwai dotting down twice while Alasio Naduva and Paula Dranisinukula scoring a try each.

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