Blitzboks beat New Zealand to win the Dubai Sevens

Portia Woodman scored for New Zealand

Portia Woodman scored for New Zealand

As a result of the 24-12 win over New Zealand in the final‚ South Africa won their fifth Dubai title and set themselves up perfectly for next weekend's home tournament in Cape Town after winning all six matches in the emirate.

In the other semi-final, England captain Tom Mitchell was instrumental in his side's first try, setting up Ruaridh McConnochie off a set piece line out on the New Zealand 10 metre line.

Defending World Rugby Sevens series champions South Africa triumphed at the series opening event in Dubai.

First-half tries from Rosko Specman, former World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla and HSBC Player of the Final Kwagga Smith put the Blitzboks 19-0 up against New Zealand, who were chasing their first tournament win since Vancouver in 2016.

In the semi-finals earlier in the day, the BlitzBoks beat Fiji 12-7 in a tight affair, while in the quarter-finals they beat Samoa 26-10.

"We kind of let them back into the game", said Snyman.

"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 for his hard-working efforts but he was quick to pass the praise on to his teammates.

"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".

England opened up the day with a comprehensive win, 28-0 over Spain with four different try scorers in the match.

This was just after speedster Collins Injera had scored a brace of tries to inspire the national sevens team to a 29-15 victory over Canada in their opening match.

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