Blitzboks top pool despite day-ending defeat

Date published: December 8 2018

Day One of the Cape Town Sevens saw host nation South Africa, USA, Fiji and Australia finish on top of their pools on an entertaining day of action.

Despite losing 26-21 to New Zealand in their final game the Blitzboks ended up on top of Pool A with both sides progressing to the Cup quarters. South Africa take on Scotland with New Zealand facing Australia, the latter side winning all three of their pool games, against Wales, Canada and Scotland.

The other quarter-finals in South Africa see Fiji face surprise package Spain, while USA take on England in an intriguing fixture on Sunday.

In the Challenge quarter-finals, Samoa meet Wales, France tackle Japan, Canada clash with Zimbabwe while Argentina will take on Kenya.

Standings

Pool A
South Africa 7
New Zealand 7
Samoa 7
Zimbabwe 3

Pool B
USA 9
Spain 7
Argentina 5
Japan 3

Pool C
Fiji 9
England 7
France 5
Kenya 3

Pool D
Australia 9
Scotland 7
Canada 5
Wales 3

Day One, results

Scotland 21-14 Canada
Australia 21-14 Wales
Fiji 50-0 France
England 29-12 Kenya
Argentina 12-35 Spain
United States 54-0 Japan
South Africa 22-12 Samoa
New Zealand 35-0 Zimbabwe
Scotland 28-7 Wales
Australia 29-15 Canada
Fiji 38-7 Kenya
England 26-12 France
Argentina 35-7 Japan
United States 38-17 Spain
South Africa 43-0 Zimbabwe
New Zealand 17-21 Samoa
Canada 28-7 Wales
Australia 26-14 Scotland
France 19-12 Kenya
England 19-21 Fiji
Spain 52-0 Japan
United States 31-14 Argentina
Samoa 33-12 Zimbabwe
New Zealand 26-21 South Africa