HSBC SVNS Singapore: New Zealand and Australia on Top, Bok Women Defy Odds to Upset Spain 

After a tough loss to Japan, the Springbok Sevens secured their second win of the HSBC SNVS tournament’s penultimate leg in consumate style, when they beat Spain by four tries to two in Singapore on Saturday on day two of the HSBC SVNS at National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday, 4 May, 2024. Photo: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

South Africa secured their second win of the HSBC SNVS tournament’s penultimate leg in consumate style when they beat Spain by four tries to two in Singapore on Saturday, 4 May, 2024.

After a 34-7 defeat to Japan in their final pool match – the first match of match Day 2 in Singapore, the South Africans recorded a satisfying 26-14 victory over Spain in their ninth-place semi-final – a wonderful birthday present to their head coach, Renfred Dazel.

The South Africans started well against Japan, with a try by Ayanda Malinga converted by Nadine Roos for a 7-5 lead after their opponents scored early. Liske Lategan was shown a yellow card late in the first half and in that time Japan scored twice, to give them a 12-7 first-half lead.

Japan then pulled away in the second half to score three more unanswered tries, all of them going to Yukino Tsujisaki.

In their second victorious encounter, the Bok Women Sevens scored four tries against Spain and led by 14-7 at the break.

Nadine Roos opened the scoring in the third minute and converted her own try, before Maria Tshiremba added a second try – also converted by Roos – two minutes later.

Spain hit back with two converted tries on either side of the half-time break to make it 14-14, but the South Africans held their nerve and clinced the victory with two more tries.

The second half was a bit of an arm wrestle, but Tshiremba added her second before Malinga sealed the deal with the team’s fourth try at the death.

South Africa’s final game in Singapore will be a rematch against the USA for ninth place at 06h14 (SA time) on Sunday.

The Relegation Battle Win for GB

Great Britain have secured the final spot in the Grand Final in Madrid but could not advance to the semi-finals, with New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and France through to fight it out for the HSBC SVNS Singapore title.

Eighth-place GB had already won 35-5 in their crucial pool game against ninth-place Brazil, but needed Fiji to beat Japan in their thrilling knockout game to confirm their place in Madrid. 

Their Singapore cup run, however, was ended by New Zealand, who continue their hunt for the League Winners title in the semi-final tomorrow against Fiji.

Australia and France will face each other in the other Singapore semi-final after winning their respective quarter-finals against Ireland and Canada. 

Pool stage wrapped up 

New Zealand, Ireland and Canada advanced from Pool A after the series leaders beat Canada 31-7 and Ireland secured a 21-7 victory against Spain. 

With a quick-fire brace from Michaela Blyde, the Black Ferns Sevens built on a 12-0 half time to top the pool, while Ireland responded to an early Spanish score with five of their own.

Lili Dezou, Montserrat Amedee and Marie Dupouy all crossed for France in the first five minutes to leave the Americans winless in the Singapore pool stage, and Yukino Tsujisaki was the hattrick hero for Japan in their victory, keeping their slim chance at a place in Madrid alive. 

Great Britain beat Brazil 35-5 in Pool C to sneak into the Cup quarters and take a huge step towards the Grand Finals in Madrid. 

“We were all really disappointed with how yesterday had gone, but we knew that today was a new opportunity and we’re just really excited,” said GB’s Isla Norman-Bell after the game.

“We knew that we’d put in the work behind the scenes and we had analysed Brazil so we knew exactly what we were going to do coming into this game. I think that’s all we could be worried about. We did that on the pitch and we got a great score from that.”

They advanced alongside Fiji and Australia, despite Australia handing Fiji and 60-0 defeat in their final pool game, Maddison Levi scoring three to take her total beyond 50 for the season.

Japan Come Close 

Japan came within centimetres of their first ever semi-final, but a late knock on saw Fiji advance with a 12-10 victory. 

12-0 down with two minutes to go, Japan scored twice to draw within two points and came so close to adding a winner.

A nervy, error-strewn first half had Fiji 7-0 in front, Ana Maria Naimasi getting the first try just before the first half, and while Japan looked better in the second, Fiji turned lung-busting defence into attack, Adi Vani Buleki going coast to coast for another.

Japan clicked into gear with two minutes to go, conjuring up a brace of replies, but their dream of semi-final rugby was cut down by a crucial Fiji cover tackle on knocking the ball out of Japanese hands centimetres short of the try line. 

New Zealand Power On 

New Zealand proved too strong for Great Britain as they strode to a 24-5 win.

The series leaders were two tries to the good after the first half thanks to Risi Pouri-Lane and Theresa Setefano, but Lisa Thomson’s break early in the second showed GB weren’t out of it just yet, Ellie Boatman eventually getting over in the corner.

Georgia Miller strode away for New Zealand’s third, Risi Pouri-Lane adding a late fourth, and while the Blacks Ferns Sevens advance to the semis, there were injury worries for both Tyla King and Shiray Kaka.

Australia into Semi-Final

A clinical Australia cantered to a 24-14 win over Ireland to reach the semi-final in Singapore.

Maddison Levi and Faith Nathan each got a score in the opening three minutes as Australia stifled Ireland’s attack with an aggressive defensive line.

Australia extended their lead through Madison Ashby and Teagan Levi, two Irish scores from Erin King and Emily Lane coming too late to mount a comeback.

France Shut Out Canada 

France beat Canada 24-0 to advance to face Australia in the Singapore semi-final.

France took the upper hand late in the first half, Valentine Lothoz crossing to take them 7-0 ahead. 

Lothoz had found space again after the break, and despite a determined Alysha Corrigan dragging her down short of the line, Seraphine Okemba was there for the offload and second score.

Charity Williams hustled in defence, to deny Okemba a second, but France were too strong with Canadians in the bin as Camille Grassineau and Cleo Hagel crossed. 


Main Photo Caption: After a tough loss to Japan, the Springbok Sevens secured their second win of the HSBC SNVS tournament’s penultimate leg in consumate style, when they beat Spain by four tries to two in Singapore on Saturday on day two of the HSBC SVNS at National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday, 4 May, 2024. Photo: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

Photo 2 Caption: South African fans proudly display their ‘gees’ in Singapore on Saturday. Photo: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

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