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Aussie 7s sunk by South Africa in HSBC USA Sevens Quarter Finals

A second-half blitz from defending HSBC World Series Sevens champions South Africa has stamped the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team out of Cup contention on day two in Las Vegas.

The two sides were locked at 12-all at halftime in their Cup Quarter Final, before a costly Australian error from the second-half restart opened the floodgates for South Africa to go on and record a 29-17 victory.

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Super Rugby Round 3 Roundup; Emirates Lions reign supreme in Loftus derby

The Emirates Lions surged into a nine point lead on the South African Conference log with their comfortable 49-35 bonus-point triumph over neighbours the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday evening in Pretoria.  Warren Whiteley and his team led 21-14 at halftime in this absorbing Round 3 Vodacom Super Rugby derby.

Meanwhile, the Cell C Sharks are still searching for their first win of the season following their 24-24 draw with the Waratahs in their early afternoon clash in Durban. The visitors snatched a converted try in the last minute to deny the home side a win.

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Aussie Sevens hot and cold on day one in Vegas

On a mixed day one in Las Vegas, the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team got off to a hot start against Spain, before being crushed by the hosts USA to finish the day delicately poised in second place in Pool C.

Coach Andy Friend lamented his side’s simple errors, which allowed the home side to blow out to a 21-0 halftime lead and run out eventual 28-7 winners in the feature match of day one.

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Blitzboks in Cup quarters in Las Vegas

The Springbok Sevens team on Saturday made it into their fifth consecutive Cup quarterfinals of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series by beating Wales 26-21 and Canada 19-12 in pool B of the HSBC USA Sevens tournament.

They still play England in the pool decider early Sunday morning (SA time) in the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, but cannot finish lower than second in the pool.

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Du Plessis handed Blitzboks debut in Las Vegas

Muller du Plessis will become Blitzbok #168 this weekend when he takes to the field for the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC USA Sevens, to be played at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell included the 19-year-old in the final 12-man playing squad for the tournament, the fifth of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, where Du Plessis will realise his dream to represent his country at this level.

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