Quite unfortunate, Team South Africa’s sevens rugby squad was defeated 7 – 5 by Great Britain.
A try by Kyle Brown placed the Blitzboks on a 5 – 0 lead at halftime break. Dan Norton however, scored for Great Britain and ushered them into a 7-5 lead.
Fiji also triumphed against the Japanese in the other semifinal. As such, Springbok Sevens and the Japanese were roped to gun for the bronze medal. While Great Britain and Fiji go for gold.
The Blitzboks dominated Japan. They scored eight tries, bagged a 54 – 14 win and claimed the bronze medal of the Rugby Sevens tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Although Springbok Sevens aimed to take the ultimate medal, they still made history with the bronze medal they won. It’s now on record as the first medal ever in Rugby Sevens won by a South African team.
Springbok Sevens’ semifinal match against Team Great Britain shattered the Blitzboks dream.
They played quite well, and created good chances in the first half. Sadly, they only had a try by Kyle Brown to show for their efforts at the halftime break.
Britain took over lead just after the second half started. Dan Norton scored and placed his team on a 7 – 5 lead.
The rest of the game saw both teams struggling to score another try. Both never did and the Blitzboks were forced to fight for the bronze with Japan.
It was said Team SA would’ve performed better if Seabelo Senatla participated. He was ruled out after he sustained a wrist injury during the Quarterfinal game against Australia. Francois Hougaard took his place.
The Fight For Bronze
Nonetheless, the Blitzboks thrived in the match against Japan. A hat-trick by Rosko Specman got him a spot in the record books as the first South African player to score three tries in a match at the Olympic Games.
His tries were aided by five pointers from Cecil Afrika (2), Juan de Jongh, Justin Geduld and Cheslin Kolbe.
Clashing for the gold, Fiji humbled Great Britain They won the gold medal and left Britain with the silver.