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Sunday 18 March, 2018
South Africa Target Home Win In Cape Town

South Africa Target Home Win In Cape Town

Hosts and reigning series champions South Africa are one of three unbeaten teams heading into the knock-out stages of a sold-out HSBC Cape Town Sevens.

The Blitzboks, England and USA all progress to the Cup quarter-finals unbeaten after taking three wins from three in the pool stages. South Africa face Fiji in the final eight, reigning Cape Town champions England play New Zealand, Canada face France and USA play Argentina.

South Africa are targeting their second tournament win in as many weeks after taking glory in the opening round of the 2018 world series in Dubai last weekend.

A highlight of the day for the 47,000 strong home crowd was Seabelo Senatla becoming the fastest player to reach 200 world series tries, achieving the milestone in just 35 tournaments.

"It's been a surreal day for me," said Senatla. "The reception I got was amazing today and to play in my home town was incredible. The crowd was sensational."

England, who beat South Africa 19-17 in the 2016 Cape Town final, conceded just 14 points in the pool stages but head coach Simon Amor says there's scope for improvement.

"I didn’t think we played particularly well but there’s a lot of heart shown which is key in this game,"

he said. "The effort and the attitude was excellent, but our sevens wasn’t as good as it should be."

In the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, Kenya face Samoa, Scotland play Spain, Wales face Russia and Uganda go up against Australia.

Another sold-out Cape Town stadium will greet all 16 teams on Cup quarter-finals day. For all coverage head to the official HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series website.


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