Fiji’s debutant Kitione Taliga in action against Scotland. Photo: World Rugby/Martin Seras Lima
HSBC Sevens World Series leaders South Africa will meet second-placed Fiji in the Cup quarter-finals after an enthralling day one of the Glasgow Sevens, round eight of nine on the Series.
With the Blitzboks losing their pool decider 24-19 to New Zealand, who maintained a 100% record on day one alongside Fiji, the defeats set up a mouthwatering match on day two. The win for Sir Gordon Tietjens’ side means they will meet hosts Scotland who qualified as runners-up to Fiji in their pool.
Separated by just nine points in one of the most exciting finales to a series in recent history, all eyes will be on the top three sides and their peformances as the action continues at a sold-out Scotstoun Stadium on day two.
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In the other quarter finals Canada, who will be looking for a second successive top four finish, will meet fourth-placed England, and fifth-placed Australia await Mike Friday’s USA.
Earlier, the Blitzboks of South Africa became the first side to book their place at Rugby Sevens’ debut in the Olympic Games next year with their qualification for the Cup competition, before Fiji joined them thanks to Scotland booking their place in the Cup competition with a 12-7 victory over Wales.
“It’s a big moment for us,” said South Africa’s Frankie Horne. “We are very privileged to have made it this far. We have worked hard this season to qualify and it’s an historical event for the game of sevens to be in the Olympics. We thoroughly deserve it but it’s a great privilege and a great honour for us to be there and represent the game of sevens”
– NZ and Fiji maintain 100% records
– England and Australia also unbeaten
– SA and Fiji qualify for Olympic Games