Champs edge out Kiwis

Newly crowned Sevens World Series champions South Africa claimed top spot in Pool A of the Edinburgh Sevens with a 14-12 win over New Zealand.

Earlier the Bok Sevens claimed their first ever IRB Sevens World Series crown with a resounding 34-5 win over the USA at Murrayfield.

The win, and New Zealand’s victory over France, guaranteed the Boks a place in the Cup quarter-finals in Edinburgh and gave them the one point they needed to claim the Sevens World Series title.

Renfred Dazel and Mzwandile Stick gave the Bok Sevens a 10-0 half time lead. The Americans put the pressure on South Africa early in the second stanza and scored through Blaine Scully after some high risk stuff from the men in green on their own try line.

South Africa hit back immediately through Vuyo Zangqa and then Gio Aplon. Mpho Mbiyozo got his side’s fifth before Zangqa grabbed his second of the match to make it comfortable in the end for Paul Treu’s men.

In their first game of the day South Africa brushed aside France 33-10 to put them on course for the quarter-finals.

Mbiyozo, Philip Snyman and Stick scored for a 21-0 half time lead and in the second half Ryno Benjamin added two before Thomas Combezou and Paul Albaladejo crossed for consolation tries.

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