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Sydney Sevens: Unbeaten Blitzboks to face Fiji in semis

DAY TWO WRAP: The Blitzboks booked their place in the semi-finals of the Sydney Sevens with a 26-12 win over Ireland in the quarter-final, as they played some classic rugby, mixed with individual brilliance and a little bit of luck too.

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The victory was the South African Sevens’ fourth on the bounce in Sydney after they beat Uruguay and New Zealand to top their pool, and they got a little bit of revenge for last weekend in Hamilton when Ireland beat them in the fifth-place semi-final.

The Blitzboks were out of the blocks in no time when Christie Grobbelaar went over in the first minute as the men in green and gold went wide and Dalvon Blood presented ook a delightful inside pass to allow Grobbelaar to race 55m downfield for the five points, which became seven as Ricardo Duarttee added the conversion.

A few minutes later, Grobbelaar was in again, this time after Impi Visser shrugged off a few tackles before putting his fellow forward over from short range.

Ireland pulled one back by Aaron O’Sullivan with two minutes left before the break, but the Blitzboks had the final say in the first half when Shaun Williams’ pin-point cross-kick found Shilton van Wyk on the right-hand side of the field, with Duarttee’s conversion making it 19-7.

The Irish were first on the scoreboard in the second half when Andrew Smith went over after some missed tackles by the Blitzboks, with five minutes left in the match.

Moments later though, Jaiden Baron sealed the deal with some individual brilliance not long after he came on as a replacement.

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Baron showed why he is nicknamed “The Wind” as he showed some superb soccer skills to kick the ball through for a try that he started and finished himself, although he was a bit lucky as the assistant referee missed a foot in touch as he was exhibiting his fancy footwork.

Ireland came with one final push, but the Blitzboks kept them at bay to advance to Sunday’s semi-finals, where they will face Fiji.

Saturday, January 28

Ireland 26-0 Spain
USA 7-26 Samoa
South Africa 28-12 Uruguay
New Zealand 33-0 Kenya
Fiji 54-0 Japan
France 40-0 Tonga
Australia 22-7 Canada
Argentina 19-26 Great Britain
Samoa 35-15 Spain
USA 0-26 Ireland
Kenya 24-19 Uruguay
New Zealand 14-17 South Africa
Tonga 26-12 Japan
France 12-19 Fiji
Great Britain 33-5 Canada
Argentina 10-29 Australia

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Quarterfinals

Samoa 0-12 New Zealand
South Africa 26-12 Ireland
Fiji 26-14 Great Britain
Australia 14-17 France

Sydney Sevens: Unbeaten Blitzboks to face Fiji in semis

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