Team South Africa has progressed into the semi-finals of the 2016 Rio Olympic Rugby Games.
The Blitzboks lashed Australia a 22 – 5 win to secure the position. Albeit, this was after Springbok Sevens lost 12 – 5 to Australia in their final pool B match.
The Australian victory however, didn’t stop Team SA from emerging the leader of the pool.
With their 22 – 5 win over Australia in the quarterfinals, the Blitzboks is set to meet Team Great Britain. While both teams will be clashing in the second of the two semifinals, Fiji and Japan will battle for the other final spot of the tournament.
As scheduled, Springbok Sevens will take on Great Britain at 20:00 whereas Fiji and Japan will war at 19:30 SA time.
Blitzboks dominated the Australians in the quarterfinal game. Rosko Specman helped the team bag a score just after four minutes. The team scored again soon after Seabelo Senatla out paced the opponents.
Thereafter, the Australians worked harder and scored a try before the break to place the scores at a 10 – 5 Blitzboks lead.
Team SA strengthened their defense in the second half to shatter the Australians score efforts. Captain Kyle Brown later scored from a line while Senatla bagged his second.
Commenting on the future games, Captain Brown said: “we must make sure that we prepare better mentally and come back fresh…The Aussies are a hard running team and tested our defenses. In the first match, they kept the ball away from us for long periods, so we had to change that in the second match.”
Meanwhile, Coach Neil Powell said: “I am happy in the way we came back and play. In a knock-out match, anything is possible and Australia is a quality outfit, but we played well.
Our forwards got a few crucial turn-overs and we have the backs that can exploit that.”
Powell added that the team need a “solid defensive line and a solid defensive effort” for the Great Britain clash. “Great Britain is one of the form teams in the competition and we need go back and plan for another war…,” he stated.