The Blitzboks have safely navigated past Australia in the Cup quarterfinal with a 29-17 victory at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas to keep their title hopes alive.
The defending champions finished top of pool B courtesy of a 24-19 defeat of England adding to their victories over Wales and Canada on the first day.
Muller du Plessis made his debut against Australia while Selvyn Davids and Ryan Oosthuizen scored tries for the first time for the Blitzboks.
South African Sevens captain Philip Snyman was delighted to reach this stage of the tournament heaping praise on the younger members of the squad.
“We really had to dig deep against the Aussies, who were very physical,” Snyman said.
“However, to finish the match with four youngsters on the field was a massive boost for the system. Those guys did well and they will still go far in their careers.”
They will next face Argentina in the semi-final late on Sunday evening with the odds stacked in South Africa’s favour if past clashes are anything to go by.
The Blitzboks have won 40 out of the 53 clashes between the sides with the sides drawing one of the encounters.
“They are also very consistent this year, with lots of speed and physicality and we need to start all over on Sunday,” Snyman said ahead of the semi-final.