South Africa beat Uganda to book Kenya 7s in Africa Men’s 7s final

South Africa 7s after winning Dubai. PHOTO/SA Rugby

South Africa have successfully secured a place in the Africa Men’s 7s final, setting up an intense showdown against Kenya 7s for the coveted ticket to the 2024 Olympics.

In a fiercely contested semi-final, the Blitzboks had to overcome the defending champions, Uganda, ultimately triumphing with a score of 26-14.

South Africa march on

The South African team had a relatively smooth journey through the tournament, displaying their dominance by conceding just 14 points in the opening four matches.

They wasted no time in the semi-final, with Zains Davids scoring an early try, which was expertly converted, giving the Blitzboks an initial 7-0 lead.

Uganda showcased their resilience and fought back, with Aaron Ofoywroth making a contribution to their score.

However, the Blitzboks extended their lead when Selyvin Davids crossed over for the second try, heading into halftime with a 14-7 advantage.

Uganda faced a setback as Pius Ogena sustained an injury during this period.

The second half saw Uganda mounting a determined comeback, pulling level at 14-14. Nevertheless, the Blitzboks surged ahead when Davids brilliantly set up Rosko Specman for a crucial try, restoring South Africa’s lead.

Uganda’s hopes dwindled further as they conceded a penalty due to a late tackle on Specman as he scored. Off the penalty, Davids capitalized on the opportunity, swiftly releasing Specman for his second successive try.

The stage is now set for a high-stakes final clash between South Africa and Kenya, scheduled for 5:18 PM. Additionally, Uganda will face Zimbabwe in a rematch of their previous encounter, vying for the remaining slot in the Challenger Series, which will also serve as the final qualification event.

Africa Men’s 7s Cup Quarters

QF1 | Kenya 7s 26-0 Burkina Faso | 1000

QF2 |Zimbabwe 26-10 Madagascar | 1022

QF3 |Zambia 15-29 Uganda | 1044

QF4 | South Africa 27-0 Nigeria | 1106

9th Place semis

Tunisia v Algeria| 1128

Namibia v Ivory Coast | 1150

5th Place Semis

Burkina Faso v Madagascar | 1306

Zambia v Nigeria | 1328

Cup Semis

Kenya 7s 35-10 Zimbabwe | 1350

Uganda 14-26 South Africa| 1412

11th Place Playoff

Algeria 26-19 Ivory Coast | 1434

9th Place Playoff

Winner 9th Place semi 1 v Winner 9th Place semi 2 | 1456

7th Place Playoff

Loser 5th Place semi 1 v Loser 5th Place semi 2 | 1550

5th Place Playoff

Winner 5th Place semi 1 v Winner 5th Place semi 2 | 1614

Bronze Medal Playoff

Uganda vs Zimbabwe | 1641

Gold Medal Match

Kenya 7s v South Africa | 1718

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