All Blacks Sevens beaten by South Africa in Dubai final

Sluggish start for Blitzboks in World Seven Series

South Africa defend their Sevens title by defeating New Zealand 24-12 in the final at The Sevens Stadium on Saturday night.

Fiji reduced the arrears to 12-7 when Jerry Tuwai went over for a try, but South Africa held on to reach the final.

A dominant first-half display from the Blitzboks saw them lead 19-0 at half-time, playing a 6 man New Zealand at a stage.

New Zealand typically fought back after Rosko Specman was yellow carded‚ with tries through Andrew Knewstubb and captain Scott Curry to make it a nervy end to the match. A try in the last few seconds from Tim Agaba, however, sealed the 24-12 victory for the Blitzboks.

"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.

Kenya had lost 48-5 to South Africa in their second match and needed to win against Uganda and hope Canada - whom they defeated in Friday's opener - lose to the Blitzboks.

Points from the first two tournaments of the series will be added to teams' totals in 2016-17 to determine seedings at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco next July.

"We deliberately didn't put the guys into anything like this in pre-season as it's such a long season for us so it was always going to be a little bit of a risk".

Smith was named player of the final but Senatla was among the best players at the tournament.

"We want to focus on our processes and it we leave the result and result doesn't go our way then we're still happy".

After beating England 14-7 in the semi's, New Zealand set up a final against the Blitzboks. With the conversion good, Fiji mounted their comeback through Jerry Tuwai, the quick footed playmaker running in an easy score after multiple phases of play stretched the defence thin.

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