Rugby sevens team to play for bronze

PrintThe South African sevens rugby will compete for the bronze medal in the rugby sevens tournament at the World Student Games after going down in a narrow 17-14 defeat to hosts Russia in the semifinals, in Kazan, on Tuesday.

Clearance Khumalo dotted down to give the South Africans the early lead, but Russia hit back to take a 12-7 advantage into the interval.

And while Khumalo scored again in the second half — both his tries were converted by Stefan de Villiers — the host nation managed to bag a surprise win.

Earlier, in the quarterfinals, the SA men, who had gone unbeaten in the group stages, charged into a 21-7 half-time lead and held off some resistance from Belgium for a 26-12 victory.

South Africa will face Great Britain, who were defeated 33-12 by France in their semifinal, in the bronze medal match on Wednesday, the final day of the Games.

Meanwhile, Alistair Davis finished fifth with a score of 25 from 10 shots in the men’s double trap shooting semifinals, narrowly missing out on a place in the bronze medal contest.

Earlier on Tuesday, the 20-year-old Olympian had been fourth best of the first-round qualifiers, progressing to the penultimate round.

In the pool, the SA 4x100m medley relay quartet — Richard Ellis, Nico Meyer, Leith Shankland and Giulio Zorzi — finished seventh in the final in 3:42:22. Russia secured the gold medal in 3:34.27. – Sapa