The Blitzbokke entered the Cup quarters of the Sydney Sevens regardless of losing to England in their final pool A match yesterday.
The Springbok Sevens team will face USA tomorrow in one of the four Cup quarterfinals.
The team did secure wins over Japan and Kenya and were edged by England in the final pool match, but never got going in hot, humid conditions, as alluded to by Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell, after the day’s play.
“Yes, we never managed to pick up any momentum as the day progressed,” he said.
“Last week we managed to build up steam, but today we just could not do the same. In a way, this was a good thing to happen, because our character will now be tested. It will be interesting to see how we shape up tomorrow against America.”
Powell was disappointed about the lack of composure against England, but was not despondent about the possibilities of day two.
“The great thing is that we can start all over again tomorrow and that we have another chance to give it our best shot. We need to step up mentally and physically, but we have another opportunity to make it count.”
In their final pool match, the Blitzboks lost 21-15 to England, with both teams scoring three tries, but South Africa failing to convert the efforts of Chris Dry, Justin Geduld and Seabelo Senatla.
Leading 10-7 at the break, the Springbok Sevens took a 15-7 lead with three minutes left to play, but allowed England to score twice to secure top of the pool status.
Sentala’s try was his sixth of the day, extending his all-time Springbok Sevens try-scoring record to 186 tries.
Earlier in the day the Blitzboks had to come from behind to beat Kenya 14-7, but had fewer issues with Japan, beating them 32-0.
The Cup quarterfinals are: (SA times)
2.58am: England vs Argentina
3.20am: New Zealand vs Fiji
3.42am: United States vs South Africa
4.04am: Wales vs Australia