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The South Africans were just not clinical enough and missed numerous tackles

Cape Town - 181209 Blitzboks disappointed after losing to Fiji in the semi final of the World Rugby Sevens in Cape Town 2018. Photographer:Phando Jikelo / African News Agency (ANA)

South Africa’s Blitzbokke secured third place at the Cape Town leg of the World Sevens Series by beating the All Blacks 10-5 at the Cape Town Stadium yesterday.

It was a great way for the South African team to end the tournament after the disappointment of losing to Fiji in the semi-final.

New Zealand, who beat South Africa in the final group match on Saturday, scored first when Sione Molia crossed for a try. The conversion was not successful.

Things changed for the Blitzbokke when Vilimoni Noroi was yellow carded. South Africa had a chance to draw level, but Werner Kok decided to kick and chase when the SA team was on the attack. This tactic did not work and South Africa conceded possession.

Kok did, however, score just before half-time and Branco du Preez missed the conversion (5-5).

South Africa took the lead early in the second half when Dewald Human crossed for a try (10-5). The conversion was missed, but the SA team did enough to win the game and walk away with the bronze medal.

Earlier in the day there was heartbreak for South Africa’s Blitzboks with a 17-12 defeat in the semi-final of the Cape Town leg of the World Sevens Series against Fiji at the Cape Town Stadium yesterday.

The SA team made numerous errors and gave away possession against a Fijian team hungry for success. South Africa took the lead when Siviwe Soyizwapi showed his pace to score (5-0). Justin Geduld missed the conversion. The Blitzboks had chances to increase their lead, but handling errors let them down.

Fiji hit back when Vilimoni Botitu showed the home side a clean pair of heels (5-5). The conversion was not successful.

Fiji took the lead just before half-time when Waisea Nacuqu scored and converted his own try (12-5).

The South Africans were just not clinical enough and missed numerous tackles. Rosko Specman got his side’s second try and Geduld put the conversion over to level the scores.

Things looked good for South Africa when Vatemo Ravouvou was yellow-carded. The Blitzboks could, however, not make use of this opportunity and an untimely mistake by South Africa set Alosio Naduva up to score the winning try for Fiji.

Although the conversion was missed, the job was already done and Fiji ran out 17-12 victors, and progressed to the final against the USA that walloped New Zealand 31-12 in the other semi-final.

In the final match yesterday Fiji outclassed the USA 29-15 to win the tournament and claim the bragging rights at the 2018 Cape Town Sevens champions.