Springbok Women’s Sevens storm into LA cup quarters but Blitzboks’ bomb

Springbok Women’s Sevens star Nadine Roos kicks a ball during the Los Angeles Sevens. Picture: Mike Lee / KLC fotos for World Rugby

Springbok Women’s Sevens star Nadine Roos kicks a ball during the Los Angeles Sevens. Picture: Mike Lee / KLC fotos for World Rugby

Published Mar 3, 2024


The Springbok Women’s Sevens team have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Los Angeles Sevens after qualifying second from their group.

After suffering a 41-5 defeat at the hands of the All Blacks, the South Africans shocked Fiji 19-7 and beat Brazil 10-7 thanks to a moment of individual brilliance by Nadine Roos to progress to the cup quarters.

The South African women will play the United States for a place in the semi-finals at 08.58pm on Sunday evening.

— HSBC SVNS (@SVNSSeries) March 3, 2024

The Blitzboks, on the other hand, failed to make it out of their group, while Spain shockingly qualifying for the semi-finals despite losing to the South Africans.

The Blitsboks beat Spain 22-19 on Saturday, but lost to Argentina and Ireland to finish bottom of their group.

Meanwhile, Jordan Conroy scored two second-half tries to spark Ireland's fightback for a 24-14 upset of Argentina on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the World Rugby SVNS Series at Los Angeles.

On a day when unbeaten pool winners Australia, Fiji and Argentina were all ousted, the South American squad was denied a fourth consecutive title after triumphs in Cape Town, Perth and Vancouver.

Ireland will play France in one semi-final after the French ousted host United States while Spain meets Great Britain in Sunday's other semi-final after two more stunners.

The Irish, down 14-5 at halftime, got Conroy tries in the 10th and 14th minutes around a Mark Roche try in the 12th minute after yellow cards on Argentina's Rodrigo Isgro in the ninth minute and Matias Osadczuk in the 10th set the stage for the rally.

Spain continued the upset trend by ousting Fiji 21-19. The Spaniards rallied after a 10th-minute red card to Fiji's Terio Tamani to defeat the Pool C winners.

A penalty try and two tries from Pol Pla with conversions from Juan Ramos spelled disaster for Fiji.

Great Britain completed the sweep out of unbeatens from pool play by defeating Australia 26-19, the final try from Femi Sofolarin in the 17th minute being the match decider.

France eliminated the Americans 14-0 on tries by Antoine Dupont in the second minute and Andy Timo in the seventh.

— Springbok Sevens (@Blitzboks) March 3, 2024

Former World Rugby Player of the Year Dupont, France's 15-a-side captain and scrum-half, says his switch to sevens in a bid to compete for Paris Olympic gold later this year is progressing well.

"Every time I'm on the pitch I improve," said Dupont, who helped France to third in his debut last week at Vancouver. "I don't do daily check-ups to know where I'm at. I'm still learning.

"Every time I'm on the pitch I'm analyzing by talking to the guys. I'm still getting to grips with the sport. So far it's not going too badly."

Argentina captured the Pool A title by beating South Africa 17-5, boosted by two tries from Luciano Gonzalez, and defeating Ireland 26-14.

Australia captured Pool B with a 17-12 victory over the USA and a 28-19 triumph over Samoa. Henry Palmer scored one try against the Americans and two in the group clincher.

Fiji advanced from Pool C by routing Canada 40-0 and edging France 14-10, the French also advancing to the last eight after defeating Great Britain 19-12.