Sevens Academy face Portugal in Cup quarters
January 06, 2019
The SA Rugby Sevens Academy on Saturday scored wins over Russia (26-5) and Colombia (10-0) before a narrow defeat to Uruguay (7-0) placed them second in pool B of the Sudamerica Rugby Sevens tournament in Punta del Este.

They are still on track to defend the title won in Uruguay last year but will have to overcome Portugal first, their opponent in the Cup quarter-finals, to be played on Sunday.

The side started well against Russia, where two tries by Donovan du Randt and Kurt-Lee Arendse respectively saw them securing a convincing win, with a late try conceded the only time their defence faltered.

The also kept the Colombians away from the try-line in their second match, which saw Arendse limping off. A first half-try by Wayne van der Bank had South Africa 5-0 up at the break and when Heino Bezuidenhout scored early in the second half, the win was sealed.

Colombia attacked well in the final minutes, but solid defence kept them at bay.

Uruguay scored the only try of their final pool clash against South Africa. The Academy lacked attacking options and missed Arendse, while Uruguay scored their try from way out to have the locals up on their feet.


Russia - Tries: Kurt-Lee Arendse (2), Donovan du Randt (2). Conversions: Donovan du Randt (3).

Colombia - Tries: Wayne van der Bank, Heino Bezuidenhout.

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