Blitzboks dazzle in Dubai as sensational Senatla sinks Kiwis

Wales Sevens

The reigning world series champions unleashed all their attacking firepower in what was a breathtaking display of sevens rugby across the two days.

Defending series' champions South Africa won the tournament beat the All Blacks Sevens 24-12 in the decider.

South Africa blitzed New Zealand in the first half of the final‚ scoring three tries through Phillip Snyman‚ Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith with Branco du Preez landing two conversions to run into a 19-0 lead at the break.

"It was a great performance from the guys", said Senatla, who scored seven tries in Dubai.

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.




They faced the challenge of New Zealand, who followed a 14-12 quarter-final win over Kenya by then overcoming England 14-5 in the last four.

Earlier, South Africa faced their sternest test of the tournament against 2015 Dubai winners Fiji in the semi-final. Cecil Afrika managed to scoop up the ball out the back of the breakdown and dot it down.

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

New Zealand almost came back in the second half after Rosko Specman was sent to the sin bin.

New Zealand typically fought back after Rosko Specman was yellow carded‚ with tries through Andrew Knewstubb and captain Scott Curry to make it a nervy end to the match. After an interception in their own half, New Zealand stormed forward through Sam Dickson but he got scragged short.

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