Australia crash out in Cape Town sevens

Harry Jones will captain the Canadian men;'s rugby sevens squad in Dubai this weekend

Harry Jones will captain the Canadian men;'s rugby sevens squad in Dubai this weekend

"The crowd was sensational".

South Africa 40 (26) - Tries: Seabelo Senatla (3), Branco du Preez, Tim Agaba, Rosko Specman.

After halftime though, it was all SA as captain Philip Snyman used guile to beat the French defence for the team's second try.

They won only one of their three matches - beating Spain 36-12 - but losing 31-14 to the U.S. and 35-12 to neighbours New Zealand.

Australia hit back early in the second half with tries from Simon Kennewell and Lewis Holland to leave only nine points separating the great sporting rivals.

"We knew it was going to be tough pool", Friend said.

Dylan Collier scored two tries while his team were reduced to six men by a yellow card to give the New Zealanders a 21-0 half-time advantage.

Coach Clark Laidlaw's was just happy to make it through to the top eight as he reflected on a challenging day of competition.

The Blitzoks will play Olympic champions Fiji in Sunday's quarter-finals after Canada stunned the Fijians into second place in the pool stages.

England Sevens won their opening fixture of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, defeating Uganda 36-0 in Pool C.

A Glenn Bryce try after a one-hand intercept put Scotland ahead, Tom Mitchell scored the first England try and the match-winning score came from Ruaridh McConnochie.

"We knew after Dubai that the United States of America team was going to come out a better team, but that's the nature of this competition at the moment", Australia coach Andy Friend said.

In the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, Kenya face Samoa, Scotland play Spain, Wales face Russian Federation and Uganda go up against Australia.

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