Two of the Cup quarterfinals went to extra time as the Sevens Premier League delivered some gripping action in wet conditions in George.
With the persistent rain presenting a considerable challenge, there was very little margin for error, with the biggest winning margin in the quarterfinals just five points.
Both the All Stars and the Cheetahs had to show some character to progress to the next round, whilst things weren't any easier for the Sharks who only secured their victory over Boland with the last kick of the match.
All Stars v Kaizer Chiefs
The All Stars booked a spot in the semifinals with an extra-time victory over a determined Kaizer Chiefs side in the pouring rain. Chiefs struck first in the difficult conditions when Jongi Nokwe received a pass from Bom Samai to race over for a try, but the All Stars responded with some magic of their own from Stefan Basson to level things up. The seesaw nature of the match continued as the teams traded tries before half-time to go into the break deadlocked at 12-12. The All Stars showed their class in the second half with tries from Danwell Demas and Jaco Bouwer, but the Chiefs hit back in sensational fashion to send the game to extra time with the final play.
Cheetahs v Living Ball
The Cheetahs needed a try from Johann Sadie in extra time against the Living Ball to qualify for the semifinals. The Cheetahs got their noses in front when Rayno Benjamin grabbed a line-out ball to scramble over, and they proceeded to spent most of the first half in opposition territory to take a 7-0 lead into half-time. The Living Ball levelled the scores when a clearance kick sat up perfectly for Dirk Dipenaar who went under the poles. Sadie got the Cheetahs back in fron with a neat dummy and some decent pace. The Living Ball refused to give in and their captain Jonathon Mokuena barged his way over from close range to level it up once more and take the game to extra time. Rayno Benjamin claimed the restart and bolted clear to set up the winning try for Sadie.
Samurai v Blue Bulls
Samurai pulled away from the Bulls in the second half to go through to the Cup quarterfinals. The first half was a frantic and scoreless affair which saw both teams battle to deal with the slippery ball, and the most significant moment was a yellow card just before half-time for a late tackle. The Samurai lost Shannon Rick to a yellow card just after half-time but that did not stop them from opening the scoring with speedster Seabelo Senatla going over. That was followed up soon afterwards by a try from Carel du Preez in the right corner and the Samurai cruised to a comfortable 12-7 victory, with the Bulls scoring a late consolation through Jesse Kriel.
Sharks v Boland
The Sharks squeezed through to the semfinals with a drop-goal by Gouws Prinsloo in the final play which secured a 8-5 victory over Boland. The game got off to a scrappy start until Boland worked it out to Cheslyn Roberts who glided over after some good footwork. That was enough to give them a 5-0 lead at half-time as both teams failed to take their opportunities. The Sharks struck back at the start of the second half with Peter van Tonder crashing over to level the scores. That set up a tense finish, and Prinsloo slotted the last-gasp drop-goal to send the Sharks through.
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