Springbok Women Sevens side celebrate via X

The Springbok Women Sevens side celebrate. Image: @WomenBoks via X

Springbok Women’s Sevens fly, Blitzboks crash in LA

The Springbok Women’s Sevens team outperformed their male compatriots, the Blitzboks, at the LA Sevens this past weekend.

Springbok Women Sevens side celebrate via X

The Springbok Women Sevens side celebrate. Image: @WomenBoks via X

The superb Springbok Women’s Sevens flew the South African flag at the LA Sevens while the underwhelming Blitzboks’ misery continued.


The Springbok Women’s Sevens will leave Los Angeles with their heads held high after recording their best finish thus far in the 2024 Sevens season when they placed sixth at the fifth tournament of the year this past weekend. 

The performance also saw them jump to their highest position on the standings as they moved into tenth position.

Despite defeats on the final day of the tournament to the USA in the Cup quarter-finals and France in the fifth-place play-off, Springbok Women’s Sevens head coach Renfred Dazel was full of praise for his squad’s effort over the weekend of rugby, with wins over Fiji and Brazil on day two at Dignity Health Sports Park earning them their best finish of the season.

The move upwards on the log was another plus for head coach Renfred Dazel, who was also pleased that the weekend’s performances came on the second weekend of back-to-back tournaments.


There was no such joy for the Blitzboks, who had to settle for an 11th-place finish in Los Angeles, an outcome that places another dent in their overall series title aspirations.

The Blitzboks beat Canada 28-15 on Sunday night in the 11th-place play-off, with Zain Davids scoring a brace to go with tries from Ryan Oosthuizen and Tristan Leyds.

This comes after the Springbok Sevens beat Spain 22-19 in their final pool game – following defeats to Ireland and Argentina. The Blitzboks then squandered a 10-0 half-time lead to lose 19-10 to Samoa in the ninth-place semi-finals.

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The Blitzboks finished a lowly 11th at the most recent stop on the 2023/24 HSBC SVNS series in Los Angeles this past weekend. Image: SA Rugby website