South Africa Sevens claim consecutive home titles

South Africa moved to the top of the HSBC Sevens World Series points table in Port Elizabeth.

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The Springboks successfully defended their Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens crown with a 26-17 win over arch rivals New Zealand in the Cup Final on Sunday evening.

Victory in their home tournament in Port Elizabeth comes off the back of a Cup final in Dubai last weekend, which lifts the Blitzboks to the top of the World Sevens Series standings.

Tries by speedster Seabelo Senatla, Phillip Snyman, Cecil Afrika and Kwagga Smith saw South Africa to victory in a tightly contested final.

The Blitzboks went threw the tournament unbeaten, after seeing off the USA, Kenya and Wales in their group on day one.

They beat England in the Cup quarterfinal, before taking on Australia in the semi final.

South Africa had to come from 10-0 down in the semi, to eventually beat the Aussies 19-10 to book a spot in the final for a second year in a row.

Despite Cecil Afrika being sent to the sin bin in the final, New Zealand were not able to make the extra man count as the well disciplined Springbok Sevens side record yet another moral boosting win over the All Blacks.

Coach Neil Powell was pleased with his side's ability to stay calm under pressure and to play to their strengths.

"We had to dig deep. We had three very worthy opponents today and each asked very different questions. We had to come from behind in each match today, but this team has shown they have the determination and belief to succeed.

The standings after three rounds of the Sevens World Series are:

  1. South Africa 59

  1. Fiji 51

  1. New Zealand 47

  1. Australia 46

  1. Argentina 40

  1. England 37

  1. Samoa 29

  1. Scotland 27

  1. USA 26

  1. Wales 25