No Blitzboks in Hong Kong Dream Team

2016-04-11 08:51
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Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens side claimed third prize at this past weekend’s World Rugby Sevens Series event in Hong Kong, but it was not enough for any of their players to be picked in the Dream Team for the event.

South African beat Australia 14-12 to win the Bronze Final on Sunday.

It followed a heartbreaking Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand, where the All Blacks Sevens scored a try in extra time to advance to the final, where they lost 21-7 to Fiji.

In their Cup semi-final clash, the Blitzboks had several chances to put the Kiwis away, but their skills let them down when it really mattered.

South Africa also lost to England on the first day of the event and it was perhaps no surprise that none of their players made it into the Dream Team.

Two Kiwis - DJ Forbes and Kurt Baker - made the side, while Fiji’s captain Osea Kolinisau, Wales’ Sam Cross, England’s Dan Norton, Samoa’s Faalemiga Selesele and France’s Virimi Vakatawa completed the team.

Following their third-place finish in Hong Kong, the Blitzboks have slipped into third position on the overall World Rugby Sevens Series standings.

Hong Kong Sevens winners, Fiji (128), extended their lead to six points over South Africa (122), while New Zealand (123) moved past the Blitzboks into second place.

The pools for round eight of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore were also drawn, with South Africa heading Pool C where they will face Kenya, Scotland and Russia.

The two-day tournament starts on Saturday, April 16.


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