Argentina vs South Africa – USA Sevens Rugby
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Cup Semi FinalsSam Boyd Stadium03/04/201801:34 PM2018 USA Sevens

No team has been able to consistently match South Africa the past two seasons. But that has hardly meant that the Blitzbokke are invincible. After winning it all in Dubai, South Africa finished with a bronze medal in Cape Town and consecutive silvers in Sydney and Hamilton. So, instead of being invincible, we see that South Africa can be defeated, but generally only once a tournament.

But Argentina comes in boasting an accomplishment that no one else can claim at the USA Sevens: in three trips to the semifinals, the Argentines have thrice booked a spot in the final.

South Africa’s Siviwe Soyizwapi got the blitzbokke on the scoreboard fifty-three seconds. Without the conversion, South Africa was a mere five-points ahead of the Argentines. That lead was not enough to keep Argentina from coming back with a try by Matias Osadczuk and taking the lead thanks to the boot from Gaston Revol.

At the end of the half, a friendly bounce gave Argentina a chance to clear the kick and get out of the half without surrendering the lead, making it 7–5 at halftime.

After some back-and-forth action, midway through the half, Siviwe Soyizwapi put the Blitzbokke back into the lead. Just before the stroke of full time, Argentina got the go ahead try. With just enough time for a restart, the kick was absolutely perfect, hitting in field then heading to touch, ending the match: Argentina 12, South Africa 10.

With the win, Argentina books a date with the United States in the final. Argentina also keeps alive the streak of reaching the final each time they reach the semifinal at the USA Sevens.