The Blitzboks blew past Scotland on day two of the Hong Kong leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series 26-10.
The Sevens Springboks scored twice in both halves to race out to a 26-0 lead before two late scores for Scotland added a hint of respectability to the scoreline.
South Africa had to weather a strong start to the game by Scotland before Selwyn Davids broke the deadlock with time winding down in the first period. Davids would convert his own try to give the Blitzboks a 7-0 lead in the sixth minute.
A quick score immediately afterwards gave the Sevens Springboks a decisive halt time advantage even if Davids was unable to add the two after Steadman Gans had gone over to make it a 12-point game just before the break.
Scotland showed plenty of fight in the second period but scores from Ryan Oosthuizen and Branco du Preez all but sealed the Blitzboks progress to Sunday’s Cup knockout phase.
Jamie Farndale and Tom Brown got Scotland on the board late on but when referee Richard Kelly brought the match to a close it was the Blitzboks who came out on top.
The Blitzboks will battle Samoa for top spot in the group in a match that will kick off at 09:22 SAST on Saturday 6 April.
Samoa Beat Japan 31-21 in a pulsating start to the second day’s play in Hong Kong. Japan and Scotland have been eliminated from the running for the cup knockout phases after suffering successive defeats in their opening games.
Remaining Pool A fixtures
Scotland vs Japan – 09:00
South Africa vs Samoa – 09:22