Blitzboks dazzle in Dubai as sensational Senatla sinks Kiwis

Blitzboks dazzle in Dubai as sensational Senatla sinks Kiwis

Earlier, South Africa faced their sternest test of the tournament against 2015 Dubai winners Fiji in the semi-final.

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.

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.

The New Zealand men's rugby sevens team has been beaten in the final of the opening leg of the World Series in Dubai.

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. A try in the last few seconds from Tim Agaba, however, sealed the 24-12 victory for the Blitzboks.

"We kind of let them back into the game and a silly yellow card and one or two silly mistakes towards the end nearly cost us", Snyman said after the final.

The series next heads to Cape Town on 9 December.

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

South Africa made a blistering start to the final, with Philip Snyman, Senatla and Kwagga Smith scoring tries in the opening four minutes of the contest.

On day one, on Friday, the BlitzBoks shook off the rust from the off-season by getting the better of Uganda, Kenya and Canada, none of whom ever came close to really troubling the defending champions, and now are the hot favourites to again go all the way and take the title.

England pipped Fiji 28-21 to win the Bronze final, while France beat Spain 21-12 to win the Challenge Trophy.

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