Canada surprised everyone by reaching the semifinals in Wellington. Perhaps more surprising was Canada floundering the following week in Sydney. Especially playing back in North America, Canada poses a threat to all comers, as South Africa soon learned. Behind a very vocal, supportive crowd, Canada powered to a 7–0 lead And did so through energetic, powerful rugby. As to be expected for any team facing the Blitzbokke, seven points was never going to be enough, as South Africa sought to demonstrate when it scored its first try. The makeable conversion went astray, leaving Canada in front. As the half ticked away, South Africa appeared on the verge of drawing ahead, but a knock inside the Canadian twenty-two, gave the ball back to the North Americans. A cracking run to end the half gave Canada great position, but failed to yield paydirt, with the half ending on a knock by the Blitzbokke.
South Africa appears to be feeling the absence of Seabela Senatla, who recently put his sevens career on hold to pursue a future with the two-time World Cup XVs winning Springboks. Nevertheless, South Africa finally took a lead a minute and a half into the second half. Twice, Canada found great field position but came away empty handed. The back breaker came with three minutes remaining when Rosko Specman took it sixty meters for a try under the post, cementing a two-score lead. Despite a look of utter exhaustion, team Canada continued to fight tooth and nail to attempt to scrap back into the match. The relentless attack of South Africa, just proved too much for the heroic Canadians. With only a matter of seconds remaining, Branco du Preez put the final nail in the coffin.After the conversion, South Africa 26, Canada 7.