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.
Against Wales, the Blitzboks conceded two early tries to trail 14-0, but struck back with three unanswered tries in quick succession to end the first half with a 21-14 lead.
The Welsh scored soon after the second half restart to draw level and a late try by Siviwe Soyizwapi, his second of the match, sealed the deal.
Werner Kok received a blow to the jaw and could not continue and was replaced by Ruhan Nel, the official replacement player in the squad.
The Springbok Sevens side ran in three tries to beat the Canadians 19-12, having led 14-5 at the break. Dylan Sage scored late to confirm the win.
South Africa’s final pool game is against England on Sunday morning 00:10 (SA time).
SA v Canada scorers: Tries: Sivive Soyizwapi, Cecil Afrika, Dylan Sage. Conversions: Branco du Preez (2)
SA v Wales scorers: Sivive Soyizwapi (2), Dylan Sage, Branco du Preez. Conversions: Du Preez (3).