The South Africa Blitzboks notched up their fourth Series win for the 2016-17 season when they overcame Fiji 19-12 in the final of the Las Vegas Sevens. This is South Africa’s fourth title from five tournaments and they sit 24 points clear of defending Series champions Fiji in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings.
The final itself was a tight match, with Olympic champions Fiji looking for their first tournament win of the Series. Fiji’s Masivesi Dakuwaqa scored early on in the match following a mistake from Ruhan Nel, but Blitzboks playmaker Cecil Afrika soon replied for the Series leaders, after latching onto a pass from Siviwe Soyizwapi. Chris Dry added a try early on in the second half before HSBC Player of the Final, Rosko Specman scored an amazing individual try to put South Africa clear. Waisea Nacuqu struck back for Fiji late on, but the Blitzboks were already out of sight.
"We're happy with how it's been going the last few tournaments and the guys are believing in a system and working for each other," said head coach, Neil Powell to World Rugby. "They are showing a lot of pride in the jersey and the fact that they can play for their country. They showed a lot of composure in the final and managed to take control back in the second half."
The Blitzboks were series runners-up for four consecutive seasons but have now had their best ever start with titles in Dubai, Sydney, Wellington and Las Vegas. Their loss to England in the final of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in December remains the only blemish on what has been a perfect 2016-17 campaign.
“I think without a doubt, this one was the most difficult one of them all,” said South Africa captain Philip Snyman to World Rugby Sevens TV. “The lads really played well and kept their composure towards the end. Hats off to the guys, they really played well all weekend.”
Hosts USA took the bronze after beating New Zealand 19-15, while defending Singapore 7s champion Kenya claimed victory in the Challenge Trophy final, beating Samoa 21-14.
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