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Blitzbokke bounce back

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The win was a memorable one for the Blitzbokke. To date, it has been an inconsistent season for the men in green

Picture: Mike Lee KLC fotos for World Rugby

The Blitzbokke beat France 21-12 in the final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday (yesterday SA time).

For the third match in a row, the Blitzbokke conceded early when Pierre-Gilles Lakafia crossed the SA whitewash in the 3rd minute. However, that was to be the only French try of the first half as the South Africans sprung to life in running in converted five-pointers from Impie Visser and Werner Kok to lead 14-5 at the break.

The second period was a tight affair, with Selvyn Davids, who was named Player of the Final, dotting down and with France getting their second and final try from Stephen Parez.

The win was a memorable one for the Blitzbokke. To date, it has been an inconsistent season for the men in green.

Earlier, a brace of tries by Muller du Plessis, plus five-pointers by Stedman Gans, Justin Geduld and Davids, saw the Blitzbokke to a 31-12 win over Fiji in their semi-final match.

The next leg of the Sevens circuit will take place in Singapore from April 13-14. – ANA