Boks blitz all at Paris 7s to take HSBC series title
NUKU’ALOFA-May 15: 8.12am (Nuku’alofa Times/Sports 24): The South African 7s team claimed their 5th tournament for the season in Paris last night when they defeated Scotland 15-5 in the final of the Paris 7s.
In the process the team claimed their first-ever HSBC World Sevens Series title — joining New Zealand and Fiji as teams who have claimed the overall title so far.
Fiji and England were stopped short in Paris – their hopes of overtaking the Boks burnt out early.
The Fijians were disappointing – after they suffered their first loss at the hands of the Scots in the quarterfinals, going down 24-0.
England lost in the semifinals against Scotland, after they had defeated defending champions Samoa in the quarterfinals.
Cape Town – The newly-crowned 2016/17 Sevens World Series champions, South Africa, won their fifth tournament of the season after beating Scotland 15-5 in the final of the Paris Sevens.
By the time the Blitzboks had reached the final they already knew that they had done enough to win their first World Series title since the 2008/09 season.
Still, coach Neil Powell spoke before the final about how he wanted his side to secure another tournament, and that is exactly what they did.
The Blitzboks were off to a flying start and had the first try of the match through Werner Kok.
They kept dominating proceedings for the remainder of the first half, but had to wait until the final movement before their second try when Dylan Sage went crashing over down the left touch-line.
Both conversions were unsuccessful, and the Blitzboks took a 10-0 lead into half-time.
Scotland hit back with a try through Scott Wight just after the break – the conversion unsuccessful – but they could not score again.
The Blitzboks put the game to bed when captain Philip Snyman scored after a kick ahead from Rosko Specman.
The Blitzboks can make it six tournament wins for the season at next weekend’s London Sevens in what will be the last tournament of 2016/17.
New Zealand earlier beat England 12-5 in the 3rd/4th place playoff.
Tries: Werner Kok, Dylan Sage, Philip Snyman
Try: Scott Wight
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