Blitzbokke’s hope for Olympic gold trashed by Great Britain

The SA sevens team lost to Great Brittain and will now take on Japan for the bronze medal later tonight.

The Blitzboks have booked themselves a place in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games after beating Australia. Picture: Facebook.

RIO DE JANIERO - Hope of South Africa's Rugby Sevens side winning Olympic gold have come to an end after they were beaten by Great Britain this evening.

They will now take on Japan for the bronze medal later tonight.

Neil Powell's men will be bitterly disappointed with defeat against a team that they will have been confident of beating and who haven't had much time together.

They went into an early lead thanks to a try by Kyle Brown early in the first half and dominated the first period turning 5-0 up at the break.

That dominance should have been better rewarded and they were made to pay as Dan Norton struck incisively early on in the second for a converted try to give them the lead.

Powell's men then made a string of uncharacteristic errors as Team GB managed to first thwart them and wind the clock down claiming victory.

South Africa had been struck a blow prior to the game with Seabelo Senatla ruled out with a wrist injury sustained against Australia in their quarterfinal match.

They will play Japan for the bronze at 11:30pm South African time after they were beaten by Fiji earlier on, 20 points to 5.