Daylight savings time kicks in in Canada on Sunday, but it wasn’t just the timezone that needed its clocks resetting. The South African Sevens side picked up the pace in their final pool game of the 2020 Vancouver Sevens to secure their spot in the quarter-finals and keep their title defence on track.
The Blitzboks had made a slow start on Saturday, but they are in the cup knockouts at the HSBC Canada Sevens.
The Blitzboks will yet again face the USA in the quarter-finals on Sunday evening (SA time), after a hugely impressive 38-0 win over England in their final Pool A clash on the opening day at BC Place, and on the back of a hat-trick of tries by Muller du Plessis.
The flying winger scored twice in the first half and got his third in the second half as the Blitzboks finally showed the form they needed to not only defend their title in Vancouver, but also go back-to-back in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series after last weekend’s tournament win in Los Angeles.
But before the clinical victory over England, the Blitzboks were slow out of the blocks against Japan (12-0) and Argentina (17-5).
Springbok Sevens assistant coach, Renfred Dazel, described those two matches as “probably the worst two matches we have played all season” and said the team showed great determination to come back the way they did against England.
Full results follow below the live blog updates.
Canada Sevens 2020: Quarterfinal times
Times are SAST (+2 GMT).
20:19 South Africa vs USA
20:41 New Zealand vs Fiji
21:03 Australia vs England
21:25 Canada vs Spain
Live updates from the QFs and SFs at the 2020 Vancouver Sevens
Scores and results for all fixtures follow below our live updates.