South Africa vs Chile – USA Sevens Rugby

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Pool CSam Boyd Stadium03/01/201908:13 PM2019 USA Sevens

Branco du Preez claimed the first points for the Blitzbokke midway thorugh the first half. Impressively, Chile did not allow another point the rest of the half against the two-time defending HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions. The feet became even more impressive as Chile held South Africa scoreless through the first four minutes of the second half and registered a try of its own to level the match at 5–5.

South Africa barely missed out on a score with 93 seconds to play, but Johannes Pretorius could not bring in the loose ball at the try line for the score. Chile won the ensuing scrum and then earned a penalty inside its own twenty-two to give the Chileans an excellent shot at a major upset. Chile kicked to touch at its own ten-meter line and won the lineout. South Africa was then penalized for a high tackle and Chile kicked to touch inside the South Africa ten-meter line with mere seconds to play. The lineout came on full time and South Africa chose not to contest the throw. Chile got to the five-meter line but was penalized for not releasing, then were penalized again for a high tackle.

Playing on full time, South Africa looked to avoid the embarrassment of a draw against the non-core invitee and set to try and get its first points since the first half. South Africa moved methodically down the pitch and finally found space, sending Pretorius free. But Pretorious stumbled just shy of the line and lost the ball forward. After resorting the TMO the official denied the try and Chile claimed a major result.