Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Sevens

© Reuters

Portugal beat SA, Eng to make quarters



Portugal beat South Africa and England for the first time at the rugby Dubai Sevens to reach their first quarterfinals in two seasons on Friday.

South Africa and England lost their last matches in a tough pool with Samoa to miss out on the quarters; England for the second time in as many tournaments, and South Africa after reaching the semifinals in the season-opener on the Gold Coast.

Portugal, meanwhile, advanced to their first quarters since the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens. There they fell to eventual champion New Zealand, which they will meet again on Saturday.

New Zealand, Gold Coast winner Fiji, and Canada were the only unbeaten sides after an upset-filled first day.

Fiji beat Spain 14-0, Scotland 22-14 and Kenya 14-10 to top their pool and set up a quarterfinal with France. The other last-eight matchups are Samoa v Wales, and Canada v Kenya.

New Zealand defeated Wales from behind, outlasted Russia, and eliminated Argentina, who had earlier lost to Wales 14-7.

Canada downed France 20-0, then came from 28-14 down against Australia with two minutes to go to draw 28-28. The Canadians booked their first quarterfinals since February by beating the United States 26-7.

In the other decider, France scored early against Australia and held on for the last 12 minutes to win 7-0.

Portugal began a memorable day by tying with Samoa at 19-19 but with a minute to go lost possession and Lio Lolo scored his third try for Samoa to win 24-19.

Portugal's Aderito Esteves dotted down as the fulltime horn blew to upset South Africa 12-10, then Portugal blew a 19-7 lead against England in a downpour.

England rallied to lead 21-19 but with 30 seconds left, England's Dan Norton was yellow-carded for interference and Pedro Leal kicked over the resulting penalty for 22-19. In injury time, England tapped a penalty but Dan Bibby threw a bad pass inches from the right corner.

Samoa earned the pool's other quarterfinal spot by defeating South Africa 10-5.

Shop

SA rugby Annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.00
Victor - My Journey
As the most capped Springbok ever, Victor Matfield is a national hero who transcends rugby provincialism and has fans across the world
R198.44
The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R110.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Barclays Premier League - Matchday 4: Man Utd v QPR
Blitz Bulletin - September 16
Multichoice Diski Challenge H\L - Bloemfontein Celtic v University Of Pretoria

Sports Talk



Brenden Nel
Boks v NZ battles - bring them on!
It came as an innocuous question from an All Black supporter on Twitter, but it summed up the...

Alistair Hargreaves
At Saracens we do things a little differently
When David Strettle crossed the try line in the final seconds of our game last weekend, there was a...

Gavin Rich
Hansen v Heyneke not an equal contest
Heyneke Meyer, as every Springbok coach has before him, will have his year’s work measured by how...

Brendan Venter
In black and white
Having suffered defeat to the Wallabies this past Saturday, even the most die-hard Springbok...