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Singapore Sevens: South Africa stage remarkable comeback to win final

17 April 2019

United States were among four teams to progress to the quarter-finals of the World Rugby Sevens with unbeaten records in Singapore. South Africa trailed 19-0 after a first half that was completely dominated by Fiji but turned the match around after halftime, matching Fiji's three tries and snatching the win with the last-gasp kick. The top four at the end of the 2019 series will qualify directly for Tokyo 2020. "It happened, and the win came because we executed than plan".

The impact player of the tournament, John Vaili, scored the match-winning try two minutes into stoppage time as the Manu 7s avenged their loss to the All Blacks Sevens a day earlier in pool play, where they had let a 17-0 lead slip away.

They haven't reached the semi-finals since the opening round in Dubai, having lost all five quarter-final appearances since.

Fiji, successful in Hong Kong last time out, remains second in the standings but is now just three points behind series leader USA.

South Africa will face Samoa in the quarter-finals, while Australia take on England. Bolaca successfully kicked two conversions.

Aminiasi Tuimaba scored after two minutes, slipping a tackle and finishing a superb solo break for his 17th try in his last 18 matches.

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Youngster Kurt-Lee Arendse commenced the Blitzboks' fightback, the HSBC Player of the Final Angelo Davids followed alongside Ryan Oosthuizen one minute later.

But he credited a "very good" South Africa team on its victory and pointed to the positives for Fiji over the last few weeks.

South Africa had already beaten Fiji once on the weekend, during the pool games.

"We basically said to each other at halftime that we're still in it if we can get the first points on the board in the second half", South Africa coach Neil Powell said.

Selvyn Davids then slotted a penalty right in front of the posts to give the Blitzboks a 20-19 lead with seconds left on the clock. "They hung onto every word we said and started to believe it".

Singapore Sevens: South Africa stage remarkable comeback to win final