Blitzboks win Dubai Sevens tournament

Hope Soto
December 3, 2017

After winning five tournaments last season en route to the World Rugby Sevens Series title, it was more of the same from the BlitzBoks in Dubai this weekend as they bagged the title - for the second year running - after downing New Zealand in the final on Saturday.

Points from the first two tournaments of the series will be added to teams' totals in 2016-17 to determine seedings at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco next July.

With his most experienced side ever, head coach Neil Powell notched up his fifth tournament win of 2017 and continued South Africa's dominance on the global stage.

England had opened the day with victory over Australia through Glover's try with the final play of the game, though the rub of the green eluded them in the 14-5 defeat to New Zealand. Scott Curry and Andrew Knewstubb got the All Blacks Sevens back into the match, but at 19-12 it was the powerful Tim Agaba who closed the game out.

Smith was named player of the final for his hard-working efforts but he was quick to pass the praise on to his teammates.

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"It was a great performance from the guys", said Senatla.

Samuel Oliech stepped up to convert but Uganda offered an instant response through Solomon Okia who capitalized on poor handling from the Shujaa to score his fourth try in Dubai which was converted to leave the tie level at 7-7.

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.

Scotland's Darcy Graham and England's Dan Norton top scored with eight tries. After an interception in their own half, New Zealand stormed forward through Sam Dickson but he got scragged short.

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