Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Classy Blitzboks hammer Aussies to reach Hamilton Sevens final

Classy Blitzboks hammer Aussies to reach Hamilton Sevens final

Fiji were on the back foot 30 seconds into the game when Josua Vakurunabili was yellow carded and during his absence Kwagga Smith scored the opening try for South Africa.

The current World Series champions departed Cape Town three weeks ago in second place, but after a relatively successful Australasian leg - losing finalists in Sydney and Hamilton - they top the series and it is an achievement all the more commendable as they suffered a raft of injuries ahead of the New Zealand tournament.

Fiji were dead and buried in the final of the World Series Hamilton 7s.

Naduva bagged a hat-trick to give his side a slender advantage heading into the final minute, before Eroni Sau clinched victory late on.

A minute later South Africa skipper Kyle Brown put his side further with an unconverted try before Branco du Preez ended the first half with his try for 17-5 at half time. "It's a great size for sevens and the organizers seem to have gone out of their way to make the players happy; they're all reporting back that it's a brilliant tournament", said Gosper.

Kenya is now placed at position seven overall after amassing 35 points in third rounds played at the World Series.

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An unrelenting Fiji have secured Hamilton Sevens glory against all the odds, rallying from a 17-5 half-time deficit to beat red-hot favourites South Africa 24-17 in Sunday's final.

"It's been a tough two weeks for us as a programme losing out in the quarter-final stages - we aspire to be better than that", said the head coach.

Olowofela's double against Russian Federation was one of the few bright moments of the campaign, with a trip to Las Vegas in March the next contest on the agenda.

Australia finished third after beating New Zealand 8-7 in the Bronze Final with a dramatic penalty drop goal after the final siren.

Prop forwards Curtis Lilako, Brian Nyikuli, Oliver Mang'eni and Peter Karina scored a converted try each to extend the bankers' unbeaten run to eight matches (39 points).

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