SA crowned Adelaide champs

South Africa successfully defended their Adelaide Sevens crown with a 26-7 win over Kenya in the Cup final.

South Africa started well and scored first through Robert Ebersohn. Kenya enjoyed a good period of possession after the restart and finally levelled matters through skipper Humphrey Kayange.

Paul Treu’s men hit back through a Vuyo Zangqa try. With time running out in the first half South Africa were awarded a penalty deep in Kenyan territory but strangely chose to go for the drop goal attempt which Renfred Dazel missed.

Kenya threw everything they had at the defending champions, but it was clear that the legs were beginning to tire as the South African defence stood strong.

With just under three minutes left in the game, South Africa finally got their third try through Ryno Benjamin to put his side out to a 12 point lead and a brilliant chip and chase by Dazel secured South Africa’s third Cup title of the current World Series.

With just two more events left on the calendar South Africa are now in pole position to claim the overall 2008/09 IRB Sevens World Series title.

‘The guys showed true character and composure and a great desire to win, especially after our lost in the pool against Kenya. We really like to play in Adelaide as it suits our style of play and the support we got from our supporters here was fantastic,’ explained Treu.

Treu said the team has dealt well with the disappointment of losing to Argentina in the quarter-final of the World Cup in Dubai.

‘We regrouped and I told the players there was still plenty to play for, like defending our crown in Adelaide and obviously the World Series, which is our big goal for the season. The players responded in brilliant fashion, judging by our narrow lost to Fiji in the Hong Kong final and now our victory in Adelaide.’

For a full list of results click here.

IRB Sevens World Series standings:

1. South Africa – 104
2. England – 76
3. Fiji – 74
4. Argentina – 68
5. New Zealand – 64