south africa wins dubai rugby sevens

The Springbok Sevens team opened the 2019/2020 World Rugby Sevens Series in perfect fashion by claiming the opening tournament of ten at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai on Saturday.

south african wins dubai rugby sevens
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 07: Players of South Africa celebrate after winning the Men’s Cup Final match between South Africa and New Zealand on Day Three of the the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Dubai at The Sevens Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images)

 

The Blitzboks outplayed New Zealand 15-0 in a pulsating final of the Dubai Sevens which saw them winning the title for a seventh time.

The Blitzboks held a 5-0 lead at the break after Siviwe Soyizwapi finally managed to break down the New Zealand defence in the final play of the half. Before that, both Chris Dry and Zain Davids came close to getting the first points, with Dry losing the ball over the line and Davids held up after going over.


The second half was more of the same, with both teams attacking to get the crucial try. That belonged to Dry, who found himself on the wing and in open space.

Trailing by ten points and time running out forced New Zealand’s hand and when they spilled the bal, Seabelo Senatla kicked ahead, regathered and scored what proved to be the final nail in NZ’s coffin.

Earlier in the day, the Blitzboks outplayed Samoa by 38-7 in the semifinal.

Seabel Senatla
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 07: Seabelo Senatla of South Africa celebrates after scoring a try during the Cup Semifinal match between South Africa and Samoa on Day Three of the the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Dubai at The Sevens Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images)

Earlier, New Zealand beat England 19-12 to make it into the final.

Scoring summary:

South Africa 15 (5), New Zealand 0 (0)

South Africa – Tries: Siviwe Soyizwapi, Chris Dry, Seabelo Senatla.

South Africa 38 (19), Samoa 7 (7)

South Africa – Tries: Zain Davids, Chris Dry, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel, Selvyn Davids. Conversions: Justin Geduld (2), Davids (2).

Samoa – Try: Paul Scanlan. Conversion: Tomasi Alosio.

South Africa 12 (7), Argentina 5 (0)

South Africa – Tries: Justin Geduld, Rosko Specman. Conversion: Geduld.

Argentina – Try: Matias Osadczuk.