South Africa wins men’s rugby sevens title at Commonwealth Games

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - JULY 31: South Africa players celebrate victory after the Men's Rugby Sevens Gold Medal Match between Team Fiji and Team South Africa on day three of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Coventry Stadium on July 31, 2022 on the Coventry, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

South Africa won the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens final with a 31-7 over Olympic champion, Fiji.

The Blitzboks outscored the Fijians by five tries to one with Muller du Plessis crossing over twice in addition to efforts from JC Pretorius, Shaun Williams and Mfundo Ndhlovu. Williams also added two conversions and Dewald Human one.

South Africa players celebrate victory after the Men’s Rugby Sevens Gold Medal Match between Team Fiji and Team South Africa on day three of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Coventry Stadium in Coventry, United Kingdom. /CFP

Fiji, who trailed 17-0 at halftime, got a consolation try through captain Waisea Nacuqu.

South Africa’s win was more impressive as they were without captain Siviwe Soyizwapi and star playmaker Ronald Brown who missed out through injury.

The Blitzboks also managed to repeat their feat from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when they defeated the then defending champions New Zealand 17-12 at Ibrox Stadium.

Having secured Commonwealth gold, South Africa remains on course for an historic treble with the 2022 Rugby Sevens World Cup and men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title still up for grabs.

South Africa are in pole position in the race for the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title as they currently lead the standings by two points ahead of Australia and only need to make the final of the next series leg in Los Angeles to secure consecutive World Series titles.

Though the World Cup is far from a sure win, South Africa will count on home advantage to boost their chances as the tournament will be held in Cape Town.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)