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(L-R) South African National Springbok Sevens play
(L-R) South African National Springbok Sevens players Justin Geduld, President of SA Rugby Mark Alexander, Springbok Sevens players Marithy Pienaar and Chris Dry, Brand Director of South African Breweries (SAB) Vaughn Croeser, Springbok Sevens player Zintle Mpupha, Vice President of Marketing of SAB Andrea Quaye, Springbok Sevens player Rosko Specman and Sponsorship Manager of SAB Malefetsane Mbele pose following the announcement of a new sponsorship by South African Breweries (SAB) for the National Springbok Sevens and Springbok Women's Sevens teams on February 28, in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN (Photo credit should read GULSHAN KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)  ~ Getty images

THE SA Rugby Sevens Academy team on Saturday finished second in pool B of the Sudamerica Rugby Sevens tournament in Punta del Este.

This was after securing victories against Russia (26-5) and Colombia (10-0) before suffering a narrow defeat against Uruguay (7-0).

This ensured that the team was still on track to defend the title they won in Uruguay last year. However, they will have to overcome Portugal in the Cup Quarter-final first, which will be played on Sunday.

The side started well against Russia, where two tries by Donovan du Randt and Kurt-Lee Arendse respectively steered them to a convincing win. Their defence was breached only once in the clash as Russia scored a late try.

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

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

In their final pool match, Uruguay scored the only try from way out, which had the locals up on their feet, while the Academy team lacked attacking options and missed Arendse. – SPORT24

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