Blitzboks Grand Finale Madrid Spain

The Blitzboks will face Australia in the fifth-place semi-finals of the HSBC SVNS in Madrid on Sunday, 2 June. Image: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

LIVE: Blitzboks v Australia to avoid wooden spoon clash in Madrid

The Blitzboks will face Australia in the fifth-place semi-finals of the HSBC SVNS in Madrid on Sunday, 2 June.

Blitzboks Grand Finale Madrid Spain

The Blitzboks will face Australia in the fifth-place semi-finals of the HSBC SVNS in Madrid on Sunday, 2 June. Image: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

The Blitzboks will face Australia in the fifth-place semi-finals of the HSBC SVNS in Madrid on Sunday, 2 June.

The Springbok Sevens team lost all three of their Pool B matches to finish bottom the group.

Meanwhile, Australia finished third in Pool A after one win and two losses.

The match will take place at 11:11 (SA time).

The winner of the clash will face the winner of the other fifth-placed semi-final between Ireland and Great Britain to determine fifth and sixth places overall at 14:29 (SA time).

The losers of those matches will square off for seventh and eighth place at 14:05 (SA time).

Earlier, the Springbok Sevens side suffered two more defeats in Spain on Saturday on what was the third day of the final tournament of the 2024 season.

The South Africans lost 33-24 against New Zealand in a dramatic match and then 26-7 to Fiji to finish last in Pool B and winless so far in Spain.

To add insult to injury, Dylan Sage cried off with a knee injury and is an unlikely starter on Sunday.

As reported by The South African website, the Blitzboks lost 26-21 to Ireland in their opening pool match on Friday.

Three yellow cards

The match against New Zealand touched on the bizarre, with the Blitzboks given three yellow cards in quick succession for tackle infringements and at one stage they only had four players on the field to front up to the New Zealanders.

Despite that – and even scoring a try with five players on the field – the final say belonged to the Kiwis in a match where the lead changed hands six times.

Two tries in quick succession by Christie Grobbelaar and Quewin Nortje eliminated the advantage an early Dylan Collier try gave New Zealand, before a penalty try to the Kiwis cancelled out a Selvyn Davids try.

The second half was again helter skelter, but Moses Leo had the final say with his try after the final hooter, giving New Zealand the edge.

Against Fiji, the Blitzboks looked flat against an opponent who looked full of life.

The Fijian offloading game asked too many questions of the defence and they were up 21-0 at the break.

The second half saw a better SA effort, but in the end, they came up short, not only in the match, but on the day.

SCORERS

South Africa 24-33 New Zealand

South Africa 

Tries: Christie Grobbelaar, Quewin Nortje (2), Selvyn Davids

Conversions: Justin Geduld, Tristan Leyds

New Zealand 

Tries: Dylan Collier, Penalty Try, Leroy Carter (2), Moses Leo

Conversions: Andrew Knewstubb (2), Akuila Rokolisoa

South Africa 7-26 Fiji

South Africa 

Try: Rosko Specman

Conversion: Tristan Leyds

Fiji 

Tries: Jerry Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqo, Tira Wilagi, Viwa Naduvalo

Conversions: Nacuqo (3)