Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Classy Blitzboks hammer Aussies to reach Hamilton Sevens final

Classy Blitzboks hammer Aussies to reach Hamilton Sevens final

South Africa had been the form team of the tournament as they cruised through pool play without being extended and then moved through the quarter and semi-finals beating Scotland 22-0 and Australia 24-5.

Mr Dunbar said whispers on "the streets" suggested Fiji was keen to replace New Zealand as hosts of the worldwide tournament.

Australia's Lachie Anderson completed the line-up.

It is the second tournament in a row where England have finished joint seventh, with the next meeting at the Las Vegas leg of the series in March.

Coach Clark Laidlaw lamented how they let a place in the final slip through their fingers.

However, he emphasised potential New Zealand host cities would need to apply again for future hosting rights. "There were tight margins across the weekend and unfortunately we were on the wrong side in that last game", he said.

New Zealand were second in the series standings before Hamilton with one tournament success in Cape Town after three legs.

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But tries to Vilimoni Koroi and Ravouvou turned it around late on.

The Blitzboks looked to be favorites ahead of the final after comfortable wins over Scotland in the quarters and last week's victor Australia in the semis.

A superb second half performance saw the Fijian team storm back, with Alasio Sovita Naduva finishing the match with a hat-trick of tries, helping his team to a dramatic 24-17 win. Ruadrih McConnochie's double kept England in the contest but New Zealand won 19-12.

Shujaa's gremlins showed as early as the opening 30 seconds when Samoa broke the deadlock straight from kick off. Sammy Oliech's attempt to pick the ball failed and Neria FOmai picked up, strolling over the chalk for a 5-0 lead.

Bottom-rooted Kisii also registered their first win of the campaign after upsetting visiting Mwamba 18-12 as Kenya Harlequin humiliated Regional Logistics Mombasa 80-0 at the RFUEA.

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