South Africa topped Pool A in the Vancouver 7s after a 33-14 win over Kenya 7s in a match that was played on Sunday at the BC Place.
Both sides were unbeaten in the competition heading to this match with Blitzboks having beaten Mexico 53-0 and Spain 34-7. Kenya had defeated Spain 17-5 and Mexico 45-7. SA had a strong start scoring 28 points following four converted tries and added one more in the second half.
Kenya started on the wrong footing with South Africa quickly scoring through Muller du Plessis and his try was converted for a 7-0 lead.
Dewald Human then quickly set up Zains Davids with a grubber kick but the speedster slipped as he collected the ball. He was forced to offload to supporting Ryan Oosthuizen who landed the second converted try.
Kenya conceded a yellow card as Willy Ambaka was sent off for an intentional tap. From the penalty, Human ran across before setting up Ronald Brown for the third converted try.
Brown returned to the scoresheet when Kenya’s Levy Amunga was unable to field the ball from the kick-off. By halftime, SA had 28 unanswered points.
Kenya pulled back in the second half when Jeff Oluoch offloaded to Daniel Taabu. Taabu produced a clean pair of heels to reach SA’s try box. He then passed the ball to Alvin Otieno for the third try of the tournament and the first of the game for Shujaa.
At the other end, JC Pretorius scored a try that took the scores to 33 for SA. Shujaa scored the final try of the match with Ambaka producing a big carry on the left wing and offloaded to supporting Alvin Marube, the debutant paced on to score a try that was converted for 14 points.
Kenya’s efforts to trim the gap was cut short when Ambaka stopped on the left side on his way to the try-line.
Spain claimed the third spot in Pool A after a 57-0 win over Mexico in the final match in the Group stage.
Ireland topped Pool B on -scored point differential after a 7-7 draw against Great Britain in the final match of the Pool. Hong Kong whipped Jamaica 62-7 to finish third in the Pool. They have the biggest win in the Pool stage.
USA and Canada are set to face off in Pool C decider while Germany and Chile will be chasing for the third spot in the pool.
2021 Vancouver 7s Playing Schedule
Timings in East African
Round one 18 September 2021
Ireland 17-14 Hong Kong
Great Britain 24-5 Jamaica
Kenya 7s 17-5 Spain
South Africa 53-0 Mexico
Canada 24-5 Germany
USA 33-5 Chile
Ireland 50-0 Jamaica
Great Britain 31-5 Hong Kong
Kenya 7s 45-7 Mexico
19 September 2021
South Africa 34-7 Spain
Canada 19-14 Chile
USA 26-7 Germany
Hong Kong 62-7 Jamaica
Great Britain 7-7 Ireland
Spain 57-0 Mexico
South Africa 33-14 Kenya 7s
Germany vs Chile 04:05
USA vs Canada 4:33
1st Pool B vs Best 3rd 7:20 PM
1st Pool C vs 2nd Pool A 7:42 PM
2nd Pool Bvs 2nd Pool C 8:04 PM
1st Pool A vs 2nd Best 3rd 8:26 PM
9TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Best 4th vs 2nd Best 4th 8:58 PM
3rd Best 3rd vs 3rd Best 4th 9:20 PM
5TH PLACE SEMI FINAL
Loser Match 19 vs Loser Match 20 10:36 PM
Loser Match 21vs Loser Match 22 10: 58 pm
CUP SEMI FINALS
Winner Match 19 vs Winner Match 20 11:20
Winner Match 21 vs Winner Match 22 11:42
Monday 20 September
11TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Loser Match 23 vs Loser Match 24 12:14 AM
9TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Winner Match 23 vs Winner Match 24 12:36 AM
7TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Loser Match 25 vs Loser Match 26 1:20 AM
5TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
Winner Match 25 vs Winner Match 26 2:07 AM
3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF
Loser Match 27 vs Loser Match 28 2:31 AM
Winner Match 27 vs Winner Match 28 3:28 AM