Reigning series champions South Africa were one of four teams to achieve a perfect win record on day two in Sydney.
They join Argentina, Fiji and Australia as the unbeaten sides heading into the last eight after a second day of top quality rugby in the Australian sunshine. South Africa are currently on track to defend their title in Sydney and will face Kenya in the Cup quarter-finals. Fiji will face the USA while Argentina play England. New Zealand, tournament winners in Cape Town, will face off against their local rivals Australia.
Rosko Specman scored five tries in the pool stages and was pleased with his side's start to the tournament. “It's a good start for us, as in Cape Town we started too slowly and did not make the final," he said. "Here in Sydney we are focused on the basics because we know we can punish teams if we play to our game plan.”
The Challenge Trophy quarter-finals will be Samoa v Canada, Papua New Guinea v Wales, Scotland v Russia and France v Spain.