Blitzboks claim Plate prize

New Zealand won the Cup while the Springbok Sevens secured the Plate on day two of the Wellington Sevens.

The home team delivered a strong first-half performance in their 24-7 win over Fiji to seal the Cup final early. The Kiwis scored four unanswered tries through Tomasi Cama, DJ Forbes and Frank Halai (2). Fiji hit back via Waisea Nayacalevu and kept New Zealand scoreless after the restart, but they couldn’t surpass the massive half-time deficit.

Meanwhile, Paul Treu’s charges triumphed 24-0 as they dominated an ill-disciplined and fatigued Tongan outfit in the Plate final. They cruised through the first half, scoring three tries via Frankie Horne, Cecil Afrika and Kyle Brown for a 19-0 lead. Afrika scored the only points in the second half to seal the win.

In the Plate semi-final, South Africa edged Canada 21-19.

It was a close encounter against the North American minnows, with both teams scoring three tries apiece. In the end, Cecil Afrika’s goal kicking was the difference as he added all the extras.

Taylor Paris put Canada on the score sheet first before Cornal Hendricks and Brown gave South Africa a 14-7 lead at half-time. Paris grabbed his brace early in the second stanza, but debutant Stephan Dippenaar restored his team’s slim lead. Canada’s Ciaran Hearn then crossed the chalk, but the following conversion was missed. The Blitzboks held on for the win.

Earlier in the day, the Springbok Sevens crashed out of the tournament title race with a 21-5 defeat to Fiji in the Cup quarter-finals.

South Africa opened the scoring with a try through Hendricks, but Fiji went on to dominate the rest of the match as they sealed the win with three unanswered scores through Nemani Nagusa, Osea Kolinisau and Emosi Vucago.

Day two results:
Cup quarter-final: South Africa 5 Fiji 21
Plate semi-final: South Africa 21 Canada 19
Plate final: South Africa 26 Tonga 0

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