Blitzboks dazzle in Dubai as sensational Senatla sinks Kiwis

  • Blitzboks dazzle in Dubai as sensational Senatla sinks Kiwis

Blitzboks dazzle in Dubai as sensational Senatla sinks Kiwis

The 14-12 USA win reversed the pool play result, where the Kiwis dominated 45-14, and is the first time the Black Ferns Sevens have lost a match since January - when they were also beaten by the Americans.

South Africa has gotten their sevens season off to the best possible start after a dominant display in Dubai. England in 2016 beat South Africa in the final.

England beat Olympic champions Fiji to finish third in the Dubai Sevens - the opening round of the new World Rugby Sevens Series season.

They were up against Samoa in the quarter-finals and two tries from Seabelo Senatla helped them to a 26-10 win.

The second half saw Rosko Specman sent to the bin in the first minute of the second half and New Zealand immediately forced their way back into the match with two tries in two minutes through Andrew Knewstubb and captain, Scott Curry, one of which was converted to take the score to 19-12.

"We let NZ back into the game with a silly yellow card and one or two mistakes towards the end nearly cost us‚" SA captain Snyman said.

Australia have been beaten after the final siren for the second straight match, falling to England in their Cup quarter final. "We want to focus on our processes and if we leave the result and the result doesn't go our way then we're still happy", he added.

But a dominant first half for France had England on the backfoot in their second outing, though Norton dashed the length of the field to wrestle back the advantage come the end of the first period.

This was just after speedster Collins Injera had scored a brace of tries to inspire the national sevens team to a 29-15 victory over Canada in their opening match.