Elsewhere, the Blitzboks demolished Canada 33-0 in the quarterfinal, crossing for five tries, two of them by Ronald Brown. In their final pool game earlier in the day they trounced Scotland 34-0.
They will face Australia in the one semifinal on Sunday, while Olympic champions Fiji take on defending champions New Zealand in the other.
Liske Lategan scored the SA women’s rugby team’s first try of the tournament to give them an early 5-0 lead against Scotland in their final pool encounter.
But it wasn’t enough as they ended up losing 33-12 and being sent into the consolation placings section of the knockout stages.
In the netball, the Proteas were downed 68-49 by Jamaica in their Games opener.
The men’s hockey team had to settle for a 2-2 draw in their opener against Pakistan, but it was a heartbreaking one after conceding the equaliser in the final minute of play.
SA never trailed in this contest, going up 1-0 late in the first quarter through Connor Beauchamp. Rizwan Ali levelled matters in the second quarter with a power flick from a penalty corner.
Matthew Guise-Brown gave SA the lead again in the final quarter, from a penalty flick. But with less than a minute to go Pakistan won a penalty corner. SA goalkeeper Gowan Jones parried the shot, but Afraz latched onto the airborne ball and slapped it into the net with a double-backhand.
Lawn bowls has been a generous source of silverware for SA in the past, but they are still in the round-robin phase. Keep an eye on them.
Boxing has been through a drought with one bronze since 2010. Featherweight boxer Amzolele Dyeyi was comprehensively outpointed by India’s Hussamuddin Mohammed, a bantamweight bronze medallist four years ago.
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