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Blitzboks claim second Sevens title in two weeks after narrow win over Aussies

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Blitzboks players celebrate after beating France in the semi-final of the Dubai Sevens Series on Saturday. The Blitzboks went on to beat Australia in the final to claim a second title in two weeks
Blitzboks players celebrate after beating France in the semi-final of the Dubai Sevens Series on Saturday. The Blitzboks went on to beat Australia in the final to claim a second title in two weeks. Picture: Ali Haider, EPA

The Blitzboks’ glorious run in the World Sevens Series continued in Dubai on Saturday when they scraped home against a valiant Australia to win their second tournament in a row.

DURBAN – The Blitzboks’ glorious run in the World Sevens Series continued in Dubai on Saturday evening when they scraped home 10-7 against a valiant Australia to win their second tournament in a row.

The Boks won at the same venue last weekend and they have now won a fourth straight tournament in the World Sevens Series.

The victory in the final was the 24th match in a row South Africans have won in the Series and they have extended their record of titles in Dubai to nine.

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Little wonder they were huge favourites but the Aussies clearly had taken no notice of their underdog status and after the Boks had scored within a minute of kickoff via captain Siviwe Soyizwape, they bounced straight back with a try under the crossbar and the conversion gave them a 7-5 lead that preserved until halftime.

The Boks should have scored early in the second half but a forward pass cost Zain Davids an unmarked run to the line.

An incredibly tense final was beginning to wind down when JC Pretorius wriggled through a gap and raced to the line with a bunch of Aussies in hot pursuit, but he just got there in time for a famous finish for the Blitzboks.

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