Nineteen factors down at halftime within the gold medal match, the Blitzboks rolled off three tries and a late penalty to safe a outstanding 20-19 turnaround victory.
South Africa head coach Neil Powell stated he was “thrilled” with the fightback which was “reward” for the hassle his gamers put in over the weekend.
“Going into the finals is at all times going to be tough. It is pure to have a little bit of doubt and disbelief,” Powell stated.
“I feel simply going to the sector and telling the fellows that we’re nonetheless within the sport and if we rating first we can provide ourselves a shot at successful this helped to encourage the youthful gamers. They hung onto each phrase we stated and began to consider it.
South Africa stays fourth within the World Sequence standings however closes the hole on New Zealand in third place after the All Blacks Sevens had been defeated by Fiji in Sunday’s quarterfinals earlier than taking place to Samoa within the fifth place playoff.
Fiji, profitable in Hong Kong final trip, stays second within the standings however is now simply three factors behind sequence chief USA.
Gareth Baber, Fiji’s head coach, stated accidents performed their half in clipping his facet’s momentum. However he credited a “excellent” South Africa workforce on its victory and pointed to the positives for Fiji over the previous few weeks.
“We gained Hong Kong final week. We obtained into one other closing, so we’re doing one thing proper” Baber stated. “However we did not get all of it proper this weekend. We had a bumpy trip however confirmed the resilience within the sport. The group pushed all their method until clearly they had been overwhelmed by an excellent South African workforce.”
Simply two occasions stay within the 2019 males’s Sevens Sequence calendar.
The subsequent stage takes place in London on Could 25 and 26 earlier than the ultimate spherical in Paris one week later.