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JC Pretorius. Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images

Blitzbok brilliance: South Africa go back to back in Dubai

JC Pretorius scored the winning try for the Blitzboks in a 10-7 victory over Australia 10-7 in a thrilling World Rugby Sevens Series final in Dubai.

Blitzboks

JC Pretorius. Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images

JC Pretorius scored the winning try for the Blitzboks in a 10-7 victory over Australia 10-7 in a thrilling World Rugby Sevens Series final in Dubai on Saturday.

The win means the Blitzboks bag a second Dubai Sevens tournament victory in as many weeks. Dubai is now clearly one of their favourite hunting grounds.

Blitzboks win again

The Blitzboks have also achieved a rare feat of three tournament wins in a row.

Australia had taken the fight to the Blitzboks early and they led 7-5 at the break after Dietrich Roache had converted their sole try scored by Corey Toole.

Siviwe Soyizwapi, the inspirational Blitzboks skipper, maintained his prolific form by scoring his team’s try, which was unconverted and meant Australia held just a slender two-point lead at halftime.

The second stanza was a tense and tight affair with the Blitzboks forced into many errors. However, their defensive work kept them in the game and it was no surprise when Ronald Brown jackaled another turnover to turn defence into a lethal attack.

The strong running Pretorius finally broke the Aussie resistance with a powerful surge, which set him away for the winning try.

South Africa stretched their impressive winning run to 24 matches on their way to a ninth overall title success in Dubai.

In their first game on Saturday, the Springbok Sevens team qualified for the semi-finals – their fourth on the bounce – courtesy of a 31-19 win over a tough Kenyan side in their quarter-final.

After early tries by Zain Davids and Soyizwapi which handed the South Africans a 10-0 lead, Kenya gradually worked their back into the game and with a minute over in the first half, Alvin Marube scored their first try, making it a three-point game.

But the Blitzboks reacted very quickly. Selvyn Davids put in a superb run before the ball finally made it into the hands of Brown, who scored a crucial try after the hooter had sounded, which gave South Africa a 17-7 lead at the break.

Brown and Branco du Preez were instrumental in setting up a try for Christie Grobbelaar early in the second half to stretch their lead to 24-7.

Shaun Williams then scored a gift of a try after he snatched a loose Kenyan pass which all but secured the win for the Blitzboks, although the Sujaa scored two late tries.

Scorers: Dubai Sevens

QUARTER-FINAL: Springbok Sevens 31 (17) Kenya 19 (7)

Springbok Sevens – Tries: Zain Davids, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Ronald Brown, Christie Grobbelaar, Shaun Williams. Conversions: Branco du Preez, Brown (2).

Kenya – Tries: Alvin Marube, Timothy Mmasi, Jeff Oluoch. Conversions: Anthony Omondi, Johnstone Olindi.

SEMI-FINAL: Springbok Sevens 19 (12) France 12 (7)

Springbok Sevens – Tries: Siviwe Soyizwapi (2), JC Pretorius. Conversions: Selvyn Davids, Ronald Brown.

France – Tries: Stephen Parez, Jordan Sepho. Conversion: Paulin Riva.

FINAL: Springbok Sevens 10 (5) Australia 7 (7)

Springbok Sevens – Tries: Siviwe Soyizwapi, JC Pretorius.

Australia – Try: Corey Toole. Conversion: Dietrich Roache.