The Springbok Sevens team will meet Scotland in the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco on Sunday morning (SA time) after a commanding 45-7 win over Ireland earlier on Day One of the international showpiece.
The Blitzboks, boosted by four tries from winger, Siviwe Soyizwapi, totally outplayed their Irish opponents at AT&T Park, with their opponents scoring their only points in the last play of the match.
Before that, the South Africans dominated possession and their speedy backs used their opportunities to run amok. “I was quite fortunate out there today,” Soyizwapi said after becoming only the ninth player (and the first since 2005) to score four tries in a Rugby World Cup Sevens match.
“The guys on my inside did all the work. When you have quality players like Justin Geduld, Werner Kok, Selvyn Davids and Rosko Specman feeding you try-scoring passes, it is my job to make sure I finish their good work,” said the Eastern Cape-born winger.
Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, applauded the effort from the coaching staff to get the team ready for the Ireland clash.
“The Irish already played Chile earlier in the day and there was a chance of them catching us cold. But the coaches decided on a training session earlier in the day and that helped us prepare, so we were ready for Ireland. Credit to the team, they took every opportunity and we never gave Ireland a chance.”
Snyman said the Scotland match will be a tough one.
“Last time we played, they actually beat us in Paris, so we dare not underestimate them. They are a quality side and we will have to be at our very best if we want to continue in the competition,” Snyman said.
The quarterfinals are: (SA times)
Sunday 22 July:
00h22: South Africa v Scotland
00h54: Argentina v Fiji
01h16: France v New Zealand
01h38: USA v England