JC Pretorius of South Africa (Gallo)
The Blitzboks limped to another disappointing defeat at the Sevens World Cup in Cape Town after going to Argentina on Sunday 26-19 in their 5th/8th place finish in the play-offs.
With that result, they have one game left – against France or Samoa – for 7th place in what will be coach Neil Powell’s last game with the national team.
Powell, who has been a coach for the past nine years and involved in the Sevens system for a total of 15 years, is heading to the Sharks to take on the role of rugby director.
The Blitzboks, stunned by Ireland in the quarter-finals the night before, were rocked again when Argentina scored the first try of the match after just 18 seconds.
Just a minute later, the South Americans had their second, and with the scoreboard reading 12-0 in favor of the visitors, it was beginning to look like another nightmarish outing for the Blitzboks.
This time, however, the Blitzboks found a way back and attempts by JC Pretorius and Angelo Davids – there was one conversion from Ronald Brown – kept the scores at 12-12 as the teams went into halftime.
Argentina’s third attempt again threatened to topple the Blitzboks, but once again the hosts hit back when substitute Shaun Williams broke through a hole to punch under the posts to make it 19-19 with just two minutes left.
The crowd was looking forward to it, fully behind the men in green, but they were silenced when another South African defensive error allowed Argentina for their fourth.
This time there was no turning back.