After scoring the first try of the match, the Blitzboks could not find a way through the robust defence of the Irish.
NOT even the chants of “Rassie, Rassie, Rassie” when the DJ in the DHL Stadium played Irish hit song Zombie could help the Blitzboks to a win over Ireland in the final Pool A match at the Cape Town Sevens on Saturday.
The crowd sang the tune in full voice, but South Africa still fell at the final pool hurdle of the Cape Town SVNS tournament, losing 14-12 to claim the second spot in the group for a tougher quarter-final match against Australia, at 11.18am on Sunday.
After scoring the first try of the match, the Blitzboks could not find a way through the robust defence of the Irish. They matched every attack that the South Africans threw their way with some big defensive plays and won crucial turnovers a couple of times when they were on the attack.
The home side also could not kick on from the good start they had after winning the previous two pool clashes with some strong defence and well-worked attacking plays for their tries.
But the loss could be a blessing in disguise ahead of the play-offs for the Springbok Sevens knowing that they must do better if they want to get to the final of the home tournament.
They haven’t won in Cape Town since 2015 and it will take a colossal defensive and attacking display to better some quality sides.
Ireland was full value and they top the group after beating all three of their opponents on Saturday. They will be one of the sides challenging for the tournament title on Sunday.
Earlier on Saturday the hosts made it two wins from two in hard-fought battles against Great Britain (19-5) and US (26-14).
The Americans kept the South Africans honest with about two minutes left in the match after the Blitzboks went up 14-0 at halftime. The US pulled it back to 14-all late in the game after a yellow card to playmaker Justin Geduld. But when the Springbok Sevens’ bench came on, they turned on the screws with two late tries to seal the deal.
The Springbok Women’s Sevens had a disappointing day at home and could not win any pool games.