Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Blitzboks dazzle in Dubai as sensational Senatla sinks Kiwis

Blitzboks dazzle in Dubai as sensational Senatla sinks Kiwis

England in 2016 beat South Africa in the final.

Defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final had spelled trouble for the England team but the resilience shone through when it mattered most, defeating Olympic champions Fiji in the bronze-medal play-off.

Fiji reduced the arrears to 12-7 when Jerry Tuwai went over for a try, but South Africa held on to reach the final.

Two tries from Seabelo Senatla helped the South African team toward a 26-10 victory, setting up a match against Fiji, following their thrilling 35-24 triumph against Scotland.

"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", said Amor.

The 14-12 USA win reversed the pool play result, where the Kiwis dominated 45-14, and is the first time the Black Ferns Sevens have lost a match since January - when they were also beaten by the Americans.

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South Africa made a blistering start to the final, with Philip Snyman, Senatla and Kwagga Smith scoring tries in the opening four minutes of the contest.

"We deliberately didn't put the guys into anything like this in pre-season as it's such a long season for us so it was always going to be a little bit of a risk".

But a dominant first half for France had England on the backfoot in their second outing, though Norton dashed the length of the field to wrestle back the advantage come the end of the first period.

"We aren't focused on the result‚ we are focused on the processes and our aim is to leave the pitch happy knowing we did all we can‚ even if the result doesn't go our way".

After losing to New Zealand in the semifinal, England captain Tom Mitchell, said: "It's tough to take and terrible to lose but they seized their chances better than we did".

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