Classy Blitzboks hammer Aussies to reach Hamilton Sevens final

Feb 06, 2018, 13:47
Classy Blitzboks hammer Aussies to reach Hamilton Sevens final

Brian Tanga of Kenya (top) competes for the ball with Tavite Veredamu of France (C) as Willie Ambaka of Kenya looks on during the Sydney World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Sydney on January 27, 2018. It took a last play penalty drop goal to secure an unlikely 8-7 win.

The final did not start in Fiji's favour after prop Josua Vakurinabili was sin binned for risky play.

A minute later South Africa skipper Kyle Brown put his side further with an unconverted try before Branco du Preez ended the first half with his try for 17-5 at half time.

Kenya continued with their comeback mission with youthful duo of Arthur Owira and Samuel Ngethe grounding a try each, but the two missed conversions allowed Samoa to finish fifth.

Seabelo Senatla, who scored eight tries at the tournament, said the players are pleased with the weekend's effort, despite defeat in the final.

The USA brought Papua New Guinea back down to earth with a 42-12 thrashing in their Challenge trophy semifinal.

It was more of the same in the second half with the US replicating their try-scoring form in the second half.

McConnochie got England's day off and running as he crossed for the first of two tries against Russian Federation inside the first minute in a 47-0 win, with 19-year-old Ryan Olowofela also scoring twice in that match - his first every tries at the World Series.

The defeaning noise was raising the roof and Fiji came roaring back again to reclaim the lead through Mesulame Kunavula, and after having one try ruled out, their desperate defence kept New Zealand out in the final minutes.

Both sides scored a try in the second half with Argentina walking away with a narrow 14-12 win in the end.

Four tournaments, four different winners - this year's Sevens World Series continues to surprise and entertain.

Wales were ruthless in their encounter with Russian Federation in the first thirteenth-place semifinal.

Wales scored another two tries in the second half to just the one from Russian Federation to win 33-7 in the end.