The Blitzboks have been given a tough task in the pursuit of their title defence at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Saturday, with Fiji standing in their way on the path to the final.
The South Africans were a class apart in their pool matches, winning their first two games without conceding a point.
They opened their campaign with a 43-0 runaway victory over Malaysia, after going into the half-time break with a 22-0 lead.
The Springbok Sevens team then schooled Papua New Guinea 52-0 before getting some resistance from Scotland in their last pool match.
Even this contest, however, against some respected opposition, was a one-sided affair as they beat the Scots 26-5 with four tries to one.
Blitzboks coach Neil Powell was pleased to have a flying start but admitted they made a few mistakes in their last encounter.
“Yes, we played well today, laying a good foundation in those opening two matches,” Powell said.
“We did not play that well against Scotland in the first half, making too many errors, but picked it up again nicely in the second half.”
Powell said they would have to be more accurate against Fiji in the semifinals on Sunday if they were to retain their title.
“We now face Fiji and if we make the same basic errors as we did against the Scots, they will punish us in the semifinals. We need to make sure we play two halves of good rugby when we face them,” Powell said.
Springbok Sevens captain Philip Snyman said they used the game against Scotland as a knockout match with an eye on the next round.
“We saw it as a quarter-final. We did make some mistakes and need to cut those out,” Snyman said.
“We will be in Fiji’s faces all day and try to force them to play to our structure.
“They will prefer an unstructured game, so it will be an interesting contest. We have two matches left to win a medal and are determined to do just that.”