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Australia South Africa deny 7s men in Games semi

16:51  31 july  2022
16:51  31 july  2022 Source:   aap.com.au

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Australia's bid for a maiden men's Commonwealth Games rugby sevens gold has been thwarted by South Africa in a 24-12 semi-final loss.

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Missing the injured Samu Kerevi (knee), Australia began brightly when Mark Nawaqanitawase bumped off a tackler to score first at a heaving Coventry Arena.

Angelo Davids ran onto a grubber for South Africa's reply before Corey Toole's injection helped set up Matt Gonzalez for a five-pointer.

But then Henry Hutchison was yellow-carded for a professional foul on the restart and South Africa scored again to level the scores at the break.

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Toole's kick was charged down in a crucial moment to open the second half, with Selvyn Davids converting his own try.


Video: Martin capitalises off teammate's brilliance (Wide World of Sports)

Australia were then pinned in the defensive 22, Davids scoring his third try after sustained pressure to seal the win and relegate John Manenti's side to a bronze-medal battle with New Zealand.

South Africa will play Fiji, who prevailed 19-14 in extra-time against New Zealand, in the gold medal game.

Reduced to five men thanks to two late yellow cards, New Zealand made three tackles on their line after the siren to push the game to extra time.

But Fijian captain Waisea Nacuqu ran the length of the field to clinch the golden-point victory as Coventry Arena erupted.

Australia's women will play for gold later on Sunday against Fiji, their semi-final defeat of New Zealand adding to the rugby misery of their trans-Tasman neighbours.

Tonnes of fruit stranded in EU, S.Africa battle of oranges .
Millions of boxes of oranges are spoiling in containers stranded at European ports as South Africa and the European Union lock horns in a dispute over import rules, citrus growers have said. Some 3.2 million cartons of citrus worth about 605 million rand ($36 million) left port with paperwork that would be wrong on arrival. The South African government was scrambling to issue new documents for shipments that met the new criteria, but hundreds of containers could be slated for destruction, said Chadwick. South Africa already has an effective anti-moth system, the CGA says.

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