WATCH | 4 Japanese players v 1 Blitzbok ... bizarre scenes at Dubai Sevens

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Selvyn Davids. (Photo by David Van Der Sandt/Gallo Images)
Selvyn Davids. (Photo by David Van Der Sandt/Gallo Images)

A comical moment ensued during the Springboks Sevens side's clash against Japan in Dubai on Friday when four Japanese players tried to hold up Blitzbok playmaker Selvyn Davids.

MATCH CENTRE | Dubai Sevens

For over a minute, the Japanese quartet couldn't dislodge the ball from Davids, and because the SA star's knees hadn't touched the ground, the referee couldn't stop play.

Two Japan players eventually surrendered to give up possession, with SA scoring soon afterwards.

WATCH in the video clip below:

World Rugby's laws stipulate that it remains open play until a player's knee hits the ground - or if the player is taken into touch.

In this scenario, the other South African players didn't join to form a maul, so it remained open play.

The Blitzboks easily won the encounter 48-0. Later on Friday, they will tackle Ireland (13:04 SA time) and Great Britain (18:33) to complete their Pool A action.

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