The SA Rugby Sevens Academy ended their two-week on a positive note by winning the Sudamericarugby 7s tournament in Vina del Mar, today.
The South Africans who also recieved gold in Punta del Este last weekend in the first of two tournaments held to determine the final two South American qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which will take place in San Francisco in July.
The victory in Chile completed a very satisfying trip for the Academy side, where Cell C Sharks fullback Rhyno Smith, and three former SA Schools Sevens players, Muller du Plessis, Angelo Davids and Henk Cilliers, played their first international sevens match.
Blitzbokke coach Maruis Schoeman says, “We are delighted in the outcome of the trip…Not only did the squad play to their full potential on Sunday to win the title, we also ticked other important boxes like blooding new players into the system and confirming the belief that our sevens structures are sound.”
“We faced a host of international teams in South America and with two spots for the World Cup Sevens on offer, they came with a great purpose. Congratulations to Chile and Uruguay, who in the end qualified.”
It was not all plain sailing for the South African side as their start got off a rocky start in Vina del Mar as they lost to Ireland and drew against Brazil. They brought their A-game on the second day though, and dispatched Germany 26-12 in the quarter-final and Uruguay 29-7 in the semi-final.