The Blitzboks progressed to the playoffs on top of Pool C after claiming wins against Ireland, Japan and Great Britain on day one of the Dubai Sevens on Friday.
Ronald Brown scored 18 points as the Springbok Sevens team opened their campaign with a 28-7 win over Ireland, which they followed up later with a commanding 52-12 win over Japan, and a 31-12 victory over Great Britain to top Pool C.
Brown converted all four tries, two of which he scored himself, while Selvyn Davids also crossed their opponents’ try-line twice as the Blitzboks overcame a potential tricky first hurdle in the tournament, played at the Sevens Stadium in the UAE.
The Blitzboks led 14-0 at the break, and doubled their score in the second half, while Ireland got a late try by Sean Cribbin, which he converted himself.
Their second game delivered more of the same as the Blitzboks again doubled their first-half score after the break, this time racing away to a massive 52-12 (half-time 26-7) win over Japan, with eight tries added to their tally.
Japan, who went down 17-12 in their tournament-opener against Great Britain, struggled to keep up with the South Africans’ attacking flair and pace, as Siviwe Soyizwapi and Selvyn Davids scored two tries apiece, while Brown added five and Branco du Preez one conversion.
Muller du Plessis, Zain Davids, Christie Grobbelaar and Shaun Williams also crossed for tries as the Blitzboks delivered a commanding performance to remain at the top of Pool C.
Despite a slow start in their final pool game on Friday, the Blitzboks found the right gears at the right time to cruise past Great Britain by 31-12 in their pool decider after leading by 12-5 at the break.
Robbie Fergusson scored early for the Brits, but the Blitzboks hit back with tries by Du Plessis – who scored after a magnificent solo-effort but was sadly stretchered off the field just before the break – and Soyizwapi to take the lead.
Great Britain pulled level early in the second half, but the Springbok Sevens team found their groove to score three more tries, by Impi Visser, Soyizwapi and Branco du Preez for a well-deserved win.
GAME 1: Springbok Sevens 28 (14) Ireland 7 (0)
Springbok Sevens – Tries: Selvyn Davids (2), Ronald Brown (2). Conversions: Brown (4).
Ireland – Try: Sean Cribbin. Conversion: Cribbin.
GAME 2: Springbok Sevens 52 (26) Japan 12 (7)
Springbok Sevens – Tries: Muller du Plessis, Selvyn Davids (2), Siviwe Soyizwapi (2), Zain Davids, Christie Grobbelaar, Shaun Williams. Conversions: Ronald Brown (5), Branco du Preez.
Japan – Tries: Netani Vakayalia, Tomoya Yamamura. Conversion: Ryota Kano.
GAME 3: Springbok Sevens 31 (12) Great Britain 12 (5)
Springbok Sevens – Tries: Muller du Plessis, Siviwe Soyizwapi (2), Impi Visser, Branco du Preez. Conversions: Ronald Brown (3).
Great Britain – Tries: Robbie Fergusson, Ross McCann. Conversion: Frederick Roddick.