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Springbok Sevens finish 3rd in Las Vegas

The Springbok Sevens are placed second on 86 points and they are followed by New Zealand on 82.

FILE: The Springbok Sevens team. Picture: Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Springbok Sevens finished third at the Las Vegas Sevens on Monday morning following their 21-10 win over tournament hosts, the United States, in their playoff match at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

Fiji fought back from 0-15 down to beat Australia 21-15 to win the Cup.

Earlier in the day, Australia edged South Africa 14-12 in their semi-final clash courtesy of two penalty tries.

Fiji took the outright lead on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings with 91 points after five rounds.

The Springbok Sevens are placed second on 86 points and they are followed by New Zealand (82) and Australia (73).

Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, was satisfied with the USA win but not too pleased with the error count against Australia.

"We did well to win the last match after the disappointment of the semi-final loss."

Powell added: "We made to many handling errors and also had some lapses in defence against Australia. The yellow cards did not help either and we also wasted some good scoring chances."

According to Powell, there were also some positives from their visit to Las Vegas and he was pleased with Bryan Habana's performance.

"We had an opportunity to give Bryan Habana some game time and I am pleased with his performances. He made some good decisions on defence and we all know it's not easy for a player to come from fifteens straight into Sevens action."

At the same time, speedster Seabelo Senatla scored 11 tries in six matches and increased his tally for the season to 36.

Senatla opened the scoring after a bruising opening period of huge tackles on both sides, but Australia took the lead when Specman was yellow carded for his tackle on Quade Cooper.

The referee awarded the Aussies their first penalty try (7-5).

LEADING TRY SCORERS:

  1. Seabelo Senatla (SA) 36)

  1. Savenaca Rawaca (Fiji) 27

  1. Samoa Toloa (Samoa) 27

TOP 5 TEAMS:

  1. Fiji 91 points

  1. South Africa 86

  1. New Zealand 82

  1. Australia 73

  1. United States 64

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