The Blitzboks crashed out of the Toulouse Sevens on Sunday, a outcome that can see South Africa take the continental path to qualify for subsequent yr’s Olympic Video games.

The highest 4 sides on this yr’s World Sevens Collection mechanically qualify for the Olympics and South Africa’s 21-19 defeat to Australia within the fifth-placed semi-finals will see them qualify into the highest tier subsequent week in London, the place the final match of the present collection might be performed.

South Africa will now must compete within the Rugby Africa Sevens Cup later within the yr with a view to try to qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

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The Blitzboks began effectively towards Australia, with Mfundo Ndhlovu darting by way of within the second minute for a 5-0 lead. The Australians pulled one again three minutes later with a transformed attempt.

A Shaun Williams attempt on the hooter, transformed by Ronald Brown, pushed SA right into a 12-7 lead on the break.

Australia scored from the second-half restart to take the lead after which made it 21-12 with two minutes to play after Maurice Longbottom dotted down.

James Murphy did pull one again and Justin Geduld’s conversion made it a two-point sport.

The Blitzboks had one remaining probability to assault, however have been pinged for not releasing in a sort out and the Aussies closed out the sport with a contact finder.

In the meantime, New Zealand have been confirmed the 2022-23 Collection champions with a 19-14 victory over France within the cup semi-finals and arrange a blockbuster finale towards Argentina.

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