South Africa seal Rugby Sevens berth at Rio 2016 Olympics

South Africa have become the first side to qualify for the Rugby Sevens tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Leading the Emirates Sevens World Series, the South Africans booked a quarter-final berth in the Glasgow Sevens at Scotstoun and with it a place in Brazil next year.

The South Africans began their day with a 19-12 victory over Samoa, then assured themselves of a place in the last eight on Sunday with a 22-5 victory over Kenya. They were given a fright by the Kenyans, though, who led 5-0 at half-time before succumbing to two tries from Seabelo Senatla after Kyle Brown had levelled matters.

Sevens makes its Olympic debut next summer, though rugby has featured in the summer games previously, with the last 15-a-side event staged during the 1924 Games in Paris. It follows a successful Sevens event during last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where South Africa took gold.