The Blitzboks have won the
Dubai Sevens for the second year running, beating New
Zealand in a pulsating final.
After a yellow card in the first minute to New
Zealand's Joseava Rovouvou, the Blitzboks took full
advantage of the extra man, running in three tries in as
many minutes through Philip Snyman, Seabelo Senatla and
Kwagga Smith with Branco du Preez adding two conversions
for a 19-0 lead at half-time.
The second half saw Rosko Specman sent to the bin in the
first minute of the second half and New Zealand
immediately forced their way back into the match with
two tries in two minutes through Andrew Knewstubb and
captain, Scott Curry, one of which was converted to take
the score to 19-12.
Tim Agaba put the match beyond doubt in the final minute
when he crashed over to secure victory for the Blitzboks
in the first leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Saturday sees the teams come to Cape Town with England
looking to defend their crown in the Mother City. No
fewer than three Blitzboks ¡V Kwagga Smith, Cecil Afrika
and Seabelo Senatla ¡V got the nod for the Dream Team
selected after the final whistle.
Smith was named Man of the Match in the final.
The South African trio were joined by England's James
Rodwell, Scotland's Darcy Graham, Samoa's Alamanda
Motuga and New Zealand's Joe Ravouvou. ¡V Source: