Scintillating Blitzboks victorious in Dubai

South Africa England Fiji and New Zealand all progress unbeaten into the final eight

The Kiwis had remained unbeaten in pool play and through the quarter and semi- finals at the season-opening Dubai Sevens, but never really recovered from a storming South African start in the final.

But as the game neared it send Blitzboks replacement Tim Agaba showed tremendous strength to power over the tryling and seal the match and tournament for South Africa.

Tries from Andrew Knewstubb and Scott Curry brought New Zealand back into the match in the second period.

The conversion sailed over to put New Zealand 7-5 up, while England lost Mitchell with an injury.

New Zealand had a player sin-binned in the first half and South Africa in the second half.

The reigning series champions fell to a 14-12 defeat after a late converted try handed the Americans a shock victory.

"As a first tournament for us this season I'm really proud of the continuous effort and the attitude the boys displayed in every single game", he said.


"It was the first tournament of the year so there were a lot of mistakes and lots we can work on as we turn our attention to Cape Town next week".

Remarkably, it was just the third time in their history that the New Zealand women's sevens have been knocked out before the semifinals, having been defeated by Australia and England in quarter-finals in 2015.

"We want to focus on our processes and it we leave the result and result doesn't go our way then we're still happy".

Rosko Specman, Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith crossed to give the Blitzboks a 19-0 half-time lead before the All Blacks Sevens staged a valiant second-half rally.

"It's easy to play well in a team as good as this‚" Smith said.

On the men's side, Canada split its opening games, with a 29-15 loss to Kenya followed by a 22-17 win over Uganda.

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