PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AFP) – Defending champions South Africa continued their inspired World Sevens form on home soil on Saturday, winning all three of their matches against USA, Kenya and Wales to set up a quarterfinal against England.
Seabelo Senatla scored six tries on day one to stay top of the try-scoring charts in this season’s series.
And playmaker Cecil Afrika’s try against Wales made him the highest points scorer (928) for the Blitzbokke, who conceded just one try in their three matches.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell was full of praise, however, for winger Senatla.
New Zealand, who also conceded just seven points, came out on top of Pool D, beating Samoa, Japan and England 5-0 in an enthralling encounter thanks to Joe Webber’s try.
The current Series champions will play the USA who will appear in their first Cup quarter-final of the season. Current series leaders Fiji await Australia in a repeat of the Dubai Sevens Cup semi-finals while Argentina play Scotland in the other two quarter-finals.
“The Argentina game was a disappointing end to what I felt was a slightly disappointing day,” said Australia coach Geraint John in reference to his team’s 31-21 defeat.
All eight teams will head into day two and the Cup quarter finals with all-important Series points available as the road to the Rio Olympics in 2016 continues.
Elsewhere Japan recorded their best result of the season, beating Samoa 17-14 to set up a Bowl quarterfinal with Kenya.