South Africa’s Sevens side moved into the quarter-finals of the Sydney Sevens despite losing their final pool game of Day 1 to hosts Australia on Saturday.
The Blitzboks won their opening two games against Tonga (45-5) and Argentina (25-10), but were surprised by the hosts who were desperate to make it into the quarters and have a chance at defending the crown they won last year.
The Blitzboks were outscored five tries to three as they went down 29-21 to Australia. This meant that three sides – South Africa, Australia and Argentina all ended the pool on seven points each, but the Blitzboks topped the pool with a better points difference.
The Blitzboks will face England in the quarter-finals (04:00 SA time).
Other Cup quarters will see Fiji take on Australia (03:16), New Zealand v France (03:38) and the USA v Spain (04:22).