South Africa and Argentina on course for another 7-a-side final in Spain

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — South Africa and Argentina are on course for a second straight Spain Sevens final after quarterfinal victories on Saturday.

The South Africans will face Ireland, semi-finalists for the first time this season, and Argentina will meet Australia on Sunday.

South Africa, unbeaten after three legs of the World Series, beat Scotland 31-24 thanks to two tries from Selvyn Davids in the second half which allowed them to breathe while leading 19-12 then 24- 19.

Luciano Gonzalez exemplified Argentina’s spirit when he held off Frenchman Varian Pasquet after half-time when he was leading 21-7.

France eventually equalized at 21 thanks to tries from Stephen Parez and Jordan Sepho. But with less than a minute to go, France lost a rare header scrum while falling back on their try line, and new Argentina substitute Franco Sabato outflanked the defense for the winning try and result 26-21.

Australia came from behind to beat the United States 29-14, with second-half tries from Maurice Longbottom and Josh Turner securing the win.

Ireland eliminated England 24-12. Conor Phillips’ straddle try and Mark Roche’s sideline conversion made it secure at 24-5.


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