Friday, 15 December, 2017

South Africa triumph in opening World Rugby Sevens Series event in Dubai

Nelson Oyoo in action against Uganda at the Dubai Sevens on Friday 1 December 2017 Nelson Oyoo in action against Uganda at the Dubai Sevens on Friday 1 December 2017
Spencer Simpson | 03 December, 2017, 01:45

South Africa beat Olympic champions Fiji 12-7 in the semi-final and New Zealand came from behind to beat England 14-5.

But as the game neared it send Blitzboks replacement Tim Agaba showed tremendous strength to power over the tryling and seal the match and tournament for South Africa.

"We let NZ back into the game with a silly yellow card and one or two mistakes towards the end nearly cost us‚" SA captain Snyman said.

"We had a long pre-season and a few of the guys were involved in 15-man rugby and we have been saying that it's a 'brand new team with some familiar faces'".

Rosko Specman, Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith crossed to give the Blitzboks a 19-0 half-time lead before the All Blacks Sevens staged a valiant second-half rally.

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.

England opened up the day with a comprehensive win, 28-0 over Spain with four different try scorers in the match.

The New Zealanders, with a new coach and newish squad, made their first final in more than a year, but they were always secondary to the game's best. After an interception in their own half, New Zealand stormed forward through Sam Dickson but he got scragged short.

"We were on our knees at the end and rightly so, we worked our socks off for each other and that's what we really pride ourselves on, making that tackle and keeping on going again right to the final whistle".

Meanwhile, teammate McConnochie said there was no lack of effort from the lads.

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