Triumphant SA U18 Sevens book Youth Olympics spot
July 22, 2018
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)

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