Blitzboks beat New Zealand to win the Dubai Sevens

Neil Powell's side start as they mean to go on with a well executed win in Dubai

Chasing their first tournament win since Vancouver in 2016, the New Zealanders clawed their way back with tries to Scott Curry and Andrew Knewstubb after Specman was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock on.

Timothy Agaba came off the bench to seal the victory for South Africa, as he went over in the final two minutes to score their fourth try to end the match at 24-12.

England Sevens head coach Simon Amor hailed his side's achievement in finishing third in Dubai in the opening leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.

New Zealand had a player sin-binned in the first half and South Africa in the second half. Woodman's try had given New Zealand a 12-7 lead, but they couldn't hold on under a wave of pressure.

"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.

The Cape Town event will be contested on 9 and 10 December before a break and the resumption of the competition in early 2018.

"It was a long pre-season and a lot of guys went on to play some 15s so it's a new team with some unfamiliar faces".

It was the flawless start to the 2017/18 season after the success of the a year ago and the tonic the team needed ahead of this weekend's second tournament in Cape Town.

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

"It's easy to play well in a team as good as this‚" Smith said.

Kenya Sevens have qualified for today's Dubai Sevens Main Cup quarter-final after beating Uganda 29-14 in a physical decisive final Group A match at The Sevens Stadium, last evening.

On day one the Blitzboks topped Pool A with emphatic wins over Kenya (48-5) and Canada (28-0) while battling to a rusty 19-10 win over Uganda in their opening game of the tournament.

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