Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Blitzboks disappoint as Kiwis win Cape Town Sevens

Blitzboks disappoint as Kiwis win Cape Town Sevens

The Blitzboks crashed out of the Cape Town Sevens on Sunday after New Zealand clinched the Cup semi-final 19-12 at the Cape Town Stadium.

Ahead 14-7 at half-time, the Kiwis ran in four second-half tries to seal the win.

The New Zealanders responded shortly afterwards with a try of their own, but playmaker Cecil Afrika ensured that the hosts didn't stay down for long as he worked his way into the Kiwis' in-goal area as well, before Vilimoni Koroi showed his class to cross the tryline to level the scores at 12-12.

Earlier, England, who won Bronze in the series opener in Dubai, were beaten 17-12 by New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the Cup.

New Zealand's win is a massive platform from which to build on for the Kiwis after struggling to regularly compete with South Africa and Fiji over the last few years.

"We are over the moon and I'm so proud of how the guys played‚ not only this weekend but also the way we played in Dubai‚" NZ captain Scott Curry said.

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And they led 7-5 at the break through Ruaridh McConnochie's try and Tom Mitchell's conversion.

Senatla came back and scored two tries for the Blitzboks.

Ravouvou scored two tries in the first half while Koroi scored one try.

Fiji received a penalty try in the fifth minute after a high tackle from speedster Seabelo Senatla which led to a yellow card.

"You cannot win a sevens tournament on the first day, but you can lose it, and the loss to the Untied States was a wake-up call that we heeded".

But their excursions in a tough last eight match took its toll in the semi-final against New Zealand as they ran out of steam in the dying moments of the game. Conversions: Koroi‚ Andrew Knewstubb.

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