On their semifinal opponent, Australia — who beat Samoa by 7-0 in their quarterfinal — Davids said they will approach it as any other game: “It doesn’t matter who we play, for us it’s ‘game five on day three’ and our focus will be on sticking to our processes and getting our basics right.”
Against Canada on Saturday evening, three first-half tries — by Ronald Brown, Christie Grobbelaar and Angelo Davids — set up a 21-0 lead at the break, with Angelo Davids's intercept try from 80m out — while Brown was in the sin bin for a high tackle — summing up the SA team’s dominance.
The Canadians tried hard, but defensive pressure from SA saw them make a number of unforced errors, which the Blitzboks pounced on with gratitude.
Brown got his second try not long after returning to the field shortly after the break, scoring from a Canadian mistake to stretch the lead to 26-0.
Mfundo Ndhlovu, who was declared fit after taking a heavy knock on the first day, also got his name on the score sheet with just over a minute left in the game.
The first semifinal in the men’s competition kicks off at 1.42pm, with defending champions New Zealand taking on Fiji.