One win away from securing a quarterfinal birth, South Africa did not take Canada lightly. The first display of Blitzbokke excellence was by Siviwe Soyizwapi in the first minute with a converted try. Fewer than two minutes later, Cecil Afrika added a second converted try for South Africa.
Despite facing a fourteen-point deficit midway through the first half against the defending Series champion, Canada would not relent. Fighting clear until the first-half hooter, the Canadian resolve was rewarded with points when Tevaughn Campbell touched down in the right corner. Nathan Hirayama could not split the sticks with the kick, keeping the way ahead a tough row to hoe as the second half got underway.
Calling upon a technique common for South Africa when playing with the lead, the Blitzbokke started the second half with a deep kickoff. Speedster Campbell thought little of the distance between himself and the try line eighty meters away. Although he was pinned on the sideline, the territory gained soon resulted in a try from John Moonlight. Hirayama’s conversion was on target.
South Africa struck back with a try by Dylan Sage in the left corner. The conversion was off the mark, making it just a seven-point contest heading into the final quarter of play. Fighting to keep a shot at the quarterfinal alive, Canada fought viciously, but South Africa was swarming in defense and stingy in conceding territory. It was far from flawless, but South Africa did just enough to hang on for victory: RSA 19, Canada 12.
The result means Canada is left to play for the challenge trophy. South Africa, on the other hand, has secured a spot in the quarterfinal and will play England for the top seed in the morning.