Triumphant SA U18 Sevens book Youth Olympics spot

Posted on July 21, 2018  /  Issued by SA Rugby

The South African U18 Sevens booked their place in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Argentina in October after defeating Namibia 32-12 in the final of the African Youth Games in Algeria on Saturday.

The victory ensured that they advanced through the three-day tournament unbeaten, conceding only 17 points in their six matches.

The team, guided by coach Marius Schoeman, got their campaign off to a flying start on Thursday, as they registered a comprehensive 38-0 victory against Burkina Faso in their opening match thanks to a solid display on attack and defence, and they built on this to defeat hosts, Algeria, 31-5.

They continued their fine form on Friday, as they thumped Tunisia 36-0 and Senegal 45-0 to book their place in the semi-finals against Mauritius.

Schoeman’s charges made easy work the match as they cruised to a 46-0 victory for final berth.

Namibia fought hard in the final, but this was not enough to topple the in-form SA U18 Sevens, who sealed the 32-12 win and their place in the Youth Olympics.

Schoeman was delighted with the team’s performance and said: “The players did incredibly well to win 46-0 in the semi-final. They final against Namibia was very physical, but we managed to win 32-12 in the end.

“We are obviously very happy because this also means that we qualify for the Youth Olympics.

“These performances show that we have a lot of young talent in Sevens. The result is also great for South African rugby,” said Schoeman.

SA U18 Sevens results at the African Youth Games:

Thursday, 19 July:

SA 38-0 Burkina Faso

SA 31-5 Algeria

Friday, 20 July:

SA 36-0 Tunisia

SA 45-0 Senegal

Saturday, 21 July:

SA 46-0 Mauritius (Semi-final)

SA 32-12 Namibia (Final)