South Africa powered into the Cup quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Sevens by beating Samoa 21-7 to make it three wins from three, while Scotland came from behind to beat Japan 31-19 in pool A. Samoa also made it through to the last eight, despite their defeat by the Bliztboks. Impi Visser broke the deadlock for South Africa in the first half, and Justin Geduld crossed after the break, with Branco Du Preez converting both. Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: Fiji thrash New Zealand to stay perfect in pool C Werner Kok added a third try for good measure, though Samoa got on the scoresheet at the death through Tomasi Alosio. The defending series champions look in fine form as they bid for what would remarkably be their first title in Hong Kong. Japan went ahead with a neatly-worked try from Lote Daulako Tuqiri before Scotland’s Samuel Pecqueur had a breakaway try ruled out for a forward pass in the build-up. The Scots were made to pay with Yoshikazu Fujita crossing on the left to make it 12-0, but Jamie Farndale did finally get them on the scoreboard. Tuqiri got Japan’s third score just before the break, but Scotland hit back again through Gavin Lowe’s converted try. Hong Kong Sevens 2019 results: England hold off USA, but both go through in pool D Farndale’s second try levelled it up at 19-19 with three minutes to go, and he went over again for his hat-trick before Sean Kennedy’s added some gloss to the scoreline. Earlier, South Africa brushed aside Scotland 26-10 while Samoa scored five tries to see off a determined Japan 31-21 on Saturday morning. Selvyn Davids converted his own try to break the deadlock for the Blitzboks in the final minute of the first half against Scotland. Hong Kong Sevens scores: USA suffer shock loss to Wales; England hammer Spain in pool D Stedman Gans then went over in the corner after breaking away down the left after the hooter had sounded as South Africa opened up a 12-0 lead at the break. Ryan Oosthuizen then burst through the middle to cross and Davids converted and Branco Du Preez added a fourth try. Scotland got on the board with two late tries from Farndale and Tom Brown. It didn’t take long for Samoa to assert their dominance over Japan, scoring two quick first-half tries through Alamanda Motuga and Melani Matavao. Japan hit back through Kameli Raravou Soejima’s converted try to make it 12-7, but Laaloi Leilua quickly reasserted Samoa’s dominance with an easy score. There was still time before the first-half hooter for Japan to cross again through Siosifa Lisala, and Tofatuimoana Solia went over soon after the restart. Katsuyuki Sakai’s try kept Japan in it, cutting Samoa’s lead to 26-21, but a fifth try for Samoa through Solia made sure of the win.