South Africa defeat Fiji to win Commonwealth Games Gold

South Africa won Gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games after defeating Fiji 31-7 in the final at the Coventry stadium on Sunday.
South Africa's Angelo Davids races for a try. Photo Courtesy.World Rugby.

South Africa won Gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games after defeating Fiji 31-7 in the final at the Coventry stadium on Sunday.

The two sides were on a five-match unbeaten after topping their pools and winning their quarterfinal and semi-final matches. Fiji were eyeing their maiden Commonwealth Games Gold while SA had won it in Glasgow in 2014.

South Africa’s try

South Africa struck first through Muller du Plessis after a clever kick by Selvyn Davids. The conversion was good for a 7-0 lead.

Blitzboks were able to stretch the lead when JC Pretorius crossed over for the second try of the game. The third try was from Shaun Williams who crossed over after a brilliant turnover by  Pretorius.  SA went to the break leading 17-0.

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After the resumption, Angelo Davids’s try pushed the scores to 24-0 before Fijian captain Waisea Nacuqu pulled back with a converted try.

Mfundo Ndhlovu sealed the victory with a try off an attacking scrum.

Commonwealth knock-out phase  results 

Saturday 30th July – Day Two – Knock out Positional Play-Offs

37 Women’s England 36-0 South Africa
38 Women’s 5-8 Scotland 58-0  Sri Lanka
39 Men’s 9-16 England 45-7 Jamaica
40 Men’s 9-16 Wales 33-14 Malaysia
41 Men’s 9-16 Uganda 38-19 Sri Lanka
42 Men’s 9-16 Tonga 19-7 Zambia
43 Women’s New Zealand 12-17 Australia
44 Women’s Fiji 24-7 Canada
45 Men’s Fiji 34-7  Scotland
46 Men’s South Africa 33-0 Canada
47 Men’s New Zealand 31-0 Kenya 7s
48 Men’s Australia 7-0 Samoa

Sunday 31st July – Day Three – Knock out Positional Play Offs

49 Men’s 13-16 Jamaica 28-7 Malaysia
50 Men’s 13-16 Sri Lanka 27-14 Zambia
51 Men’s 9-12 England 14-10 Wales
52 Men’s 9-12 Uganda 27-7 Tonga
53 Men’s 5-8 Semi-final 1 Kenya 7s 12-22 Scotland
54 Men’s 5-8 Semi-final 2 Canada vs Samoa
55 Men’s Semi-final 1 Fiji vs New Zealand
56 Men’s Semi-final 2 South Africa vs Australia

Sunday 31st – Day Three – Final Positional & Medal Play Offs
57 Women’s Playoff for 7th South Africa 52-0 Sri Lanka
58 Women’s Playoff for 5th England 29-5 Scotland
59 Men’s Playoff for 13th Jamaica 26-24 Sri Lanka
60 Men’s Playoff for 9th England 31-17 Uganda
61 Men’s Playoff for 5th Scotland 19-24 Samoa
62 Women’s Bronze Match New Zealand 19-12 Canada
63 Men’s Bronze Medal Match New Zealand 26-12  Australia
64 Women’s Gold Medal Match Australia 22-12 Fiji
65 Men’s Gold Medal  Fiji 7-31 South Africa

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