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Magazine Predicts Blitzboks, Fiji Final

Barring any upset the renowned South Africa Rugby Magazine is predicting the Blitzboks to play the Fiji Air­ways Fijian 7s side in the final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Monday morning (Fiji time) in Cape Town.
08 Sep 2022 15:00
Magazine Predicts Blitzboks, Fiji Final
From left: Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players Vuiviawa Naduvaco (closest to camera) and Iosefo Masi are in the 12-member squad for this weekend’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: World Rugby

Barring any upset the renowned South Africa Rugby Magazine is predicting the Blitzboks to play the Fiji Air­ways Fijian 7s side in the final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Monday morning (Fiji time) in Cape Town.

The tournament is based on a knockout format with no pool stages. Instead, the world’s eight top-ranked teams prior to the tournament have advanced straight into a round of 16, which will be played tomorrow.

The SA Rugby Magazine stated that the Blitzboks have avoided France, Australia, the USA and Fiji, who are all on the other side of the World Cup draw.

South Africa starts their cam­paign against the winner of the pre-Round of 16 match between minnows Germany and Chile.

To add extra spice to this encounter, Germany is coached by former Blitzboks captain Philip Snyman. In the last of the four quarter-finals, the Blitzboks could face either England, Ire­land or Portugal.

It is likely that Ireland will beat Portugal in the pre-Round of 16 match and that England would then beat Ireland, which would set up a quarterfinal between the Blitzboks and England.

In the first championship semi­final on Sunday, the Blitzboks are likely to face either New Zealand or Argentina.

Should the Blitzboks get this far, they are likely to be confronted by Fiji. The USA, Australia or France could also be lying in wait, should any of those teams upset Fiji in the second semi-final on Sunday.

Fiji beat South Africa 24-21 when they played in the World Cup Sev­ens final in 1997 in Hong Kong.

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