Sevens

NZ dominate Blitzboks in bronze final at Hamilton Sevens

2019-01-27 08:32
Siviwe Soyizwapi (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The Blitzboks have finished the Hamilton Sevens in fourth place after losing comprehensively to New Zealand 29-7 in the bronze final on Sunday. 

After dominating the open exchanges, the Blitzboks opened the scoring when Siviwe Soyizwapi crashed over near the posts for a try converted by Selvyn Davids and a 7-0 lead after 5 minutes. 

New Zealand hit back straight away, spreading the ball wide to the left to send Iukarisitone James Ng Shiu over in the left-hand corner. 

Andrew Knewstubb converted brilliantly from a tight angle to tie the match at 7-7.

New Zealand grabbed the lead just on half-time with Tim Mikkelson crossing the whitewash.

Knewstubb added the extras for New Zealand to lead 14-7 at the break.

The home side started the second half strongly with more brilliant handling, sending Ng Shiu over for his second try of the match and a 19-7 lead. 

South Africa's task was made even bigger when Werner Kok was shown a yellow card for a late tackle. New Zealand made the extra man count, sending Joe Ravouvou over in the right-hand corner for a 24-7 led with just two minutes to play.

The home side added another five-pointer on the stroke of full-time with Sam Dickson cruising over to give New Zealand a stunning victory. 

Earlier, Fiji comprehensively outplayed the Blitzboks in their semi-final encounter, running out easy 29-7 winners.

Fiji would go on to annihilate the USA 38-0 in the final.

Completed results from Day 2 of the New Zealand round of the World Rugby Sevens series in Hamilton on Sunday.

Cup 

Quarter-finals 

Fiji 33 Canada 7 

South Africa 28 Samoa 19

New Zealand 24 Australia 17

USA 19 Scotland 14 

Semi-finals

Fiji 29 South Africa 7

USA 17 New Zealand 7

Playoff 3-4 

New Zealand 29 South Africa 7

Final

Fiji 38 USA 0

Challenge Trophy 

Quarter-finals 

Argentina 35 Japan 0 

Kenya 19 Tonga 12 

Spain 19 Wales 10 

England 21 France 5

Semi-finals 

Kenya 24 Argentina 7

England 38 Spain 7

Final

England 36 Kenya 7

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