Defending champions South Africa win twice at USA Sevens

07 March, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Lynne Higgins
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Brave Shujaa defied the bookmakers odds in heart-stopping fashion on Saturday night as they showcased remarkable grit and bravery, beating Fiji 17-14 in Las Vegas in the USA Sevens.

Despite a disappointing finish in Las Vegas, the Blitzboks extended their overall lead in the World Rugby Sevens Series standings.

Argentina, appearing in their 14th Sevens final had won twice on U.S. soil before, but were unable to resist the power and pace of the USA team, who went unbeaten through the weekend.

But losing 12-10 to Argentina in the Cup semis‚ meant a bonze medal match against Fiji for the Blitzboks.

It is the fourth time Kenya is failing to go past the main Cup quarterfinals.

The USA beat Argentina 28-0 in the final after ousting Fiji 19-7 in the semis to become the fifth different victor in five tournaments this season.

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"We are looking for consistency and given the number of new faces and some injuries, we did well in that regard".

Earlier on, on day two in the pool decider against South Africa in another a tight game, England lost 19-24 despite Dan Bibby's two tries. We don't only measure ourselves on the results, but also the way we play.

Perry Baker scored twice against Fiji in the Las Vegas Sevens semifinal.

"We started slow but we have started picking up step by step".

After receiving the ball about two metres from his own in-goal, Baker stepped inside one man and onto his own line, before stepping back out to the wing.

The Springboks also scored four tries but they failed to convert three which made the difference.

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