Sevens

Blitzboks down NZ, into Paris Sevens plate final

2016-05-15 14:44
Seabelo Senatla. (AFP)

Cape Town - The Blitzboks are through to the plate final of the Paris Sevens after downing arch-rivals New Zealand. 

New Zealand opened the scoring in the second minute through a converted try that covered the length of the field which saw the impressive Rieko Ioane going over under the posts. 

Ioane added another unconverted try after briliant work by Kurt Baker. The youngster, however, was left with a lot to do down the right wing, but his pace saw him over in the corner. 

The Blitzboks crucially managed to score a converted try through Seabelo Senatla after the first half hooter had sounded to make the score 12-7 at half-time.

Rosko Specman tied the match up early in the second half, outpacing Baker to score an unconverted try in the right-hand corner.

A minute later, Cecil Afrika sliced through the New Zealand defence to score under the posts for a 19-12 lead.

Senatla added another soon after for his tenth try of the tournament as the South African blitz continued, bringing them into a 24-12 lead.

New Zealand, however, were not done and Pita Ahki closed the gap to just five points after excellent work by Baker. 

Dylan Sage sealed the game for the Blitzboks on the stroke of full-time, going over in the corner to secure a 29-19 victory. 

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