The Blitzboks produced two gritty performances on Saturday to secure their fifth Cup quarter-finals berth in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, on the first day of the Las Vegas tournament.
The Springbok Sevens came from behind to grab a gutsy 26-21 victory over Wales before defeating Canada 19-12, giving them a shot at defending their title with a match to spare in Pool B.
They were scheduled to face England early on Sunday morning in their last group fixture, but they already had a Cup quarter-final in the bag.
Blitzboks coach Neil Powell said they would not look beyond their next match, however, as they had their sights set on topping the pool.
“They (Wales and Canada) are two very good teams, make no mistake. I was happy with the way we came back from being 14-0 down against Wales. The guys showed good composure,” Powell said.
“We are one game away from our first objective and that is to top the pool. We will focus on that and then see what the quarters hold for us.”
The side’s victories came at a price with stalwart Werner Kok retiring hurt in the match against Wales due to a blow to the jaw.
SA v Canada: Tries: Sivive Soyizwapi, Cecil Afrika, Dylan Sage. Conversions: Branco du Preez (2)
SA v Wales: Sivive Soyizwapi (2), Dylan Sage, Branco du Preez. Conversions: Du Preez (3).