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Blitzboks extend Sevens lead despite Las Vegas semi-final exit

The Blitzboks extended their overall lead at the top of the World Sevens Series log to 10 points over chasers New Zealand, despite losing 12-10 to Argentina in the Cup semi-finals in Las Vegas.

Siviwe Soyizwapi scored one of the Blitzboks two tries against Argentina. Picture: Twitter/@Blitzboks

JOHANNESBURG- The Blitzboks extended their overall lead at the top of the World Sevens Series log to 10 points over chasers New Zealand, despite losing 12-10 to Argentina in the Cup semi-finals in Las Vegas.

Neil Powell’s men finished fourth in the tournament, having competed in five consecutive semi-finals in the Series, the only side to do so, so far.

The Blitzboks conceded a podium place to Fiji, who beat them 26-22 in the bronze final, but Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell was not despondent at all.

The tournament saw many interesting results, with the USA becoming the fifth team to win a tournament in the 2017/18 World Series.

Powell said he was pleased with many aspects of the team’s performance this weekend.

“We are looking for consistency and given the number of new faces and some injuries, we did well in that regard. We had a poor opening match against Wales on Friday and did not play our best rugby against Argentina on Sunday but did well in the other matches. We don’t only measure ourselves on the results, but also the way we play.

"Obviously, we will have to improve come Vancouver, but our depth was tested very nicely today. We want the new guys to play against the likes of Fiji, England and New Zealand to see if they can make the step up.”

The team will now focus their attention on the second leg of the North American tour when they gear up for the Vancouver tournament starting on 10 March.

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