Cecil Afrika © Gallo Images
South Africa downed arch rivals Fiji to advance to the fifth placed match at this weekend’s Singapore Sevens, winning the crucial game 19-14 on Sunday.
The Blitzboks, who were ousted by Australia through a last minute try in their quarter-final, will now face New Zealand in the fifth placed game, a crucial one in terms of moving a step closer to the HSBC World Series title.
The Blitzboks scored early through Cecil Afrika, who racked up his 151st try in the Sevens series, but a brace of tries from Wasea Nacuqu brought the Fijians back into the lead.
A crucial moment happened at the end of the first half which tipped the scales in the Blitzboks favour, as Isake Katonibau was red carded for a high shot on Dylan Sage, and the Fijians had to play the entire second half with just six men.
Nacuqu’s second came after the red, showing just how dangerous the team are in such a situation but the Blitzboks took control in the second half to see themselves home.
First it was speedster Siviwe Soyizwapi who added to his impressive try-tally in Singapore before Afrika scored the winning try two minutes from time to give the Blitzboks victory.
New Zealand beat Kenya 24-21 to set up the fifth place playoff against the Blitzboks. The game will take place at 1.29pm (CAT, GMT+2) and will be shown live on Supersport 5 and DSTV Now app.