Australia handed the Blitzboks a 29-0 beating in the final to win a World Series title on home soil for the first time in 16 years. The Aussie women’s team were equally brilliant in shutting out New Zealand 31-0 to make it an Australian double celebration.
Defending World Series champions South Africa, despite the defeat, remain top of the table after three events, having won one final and lost one final.
Seabelo Senatla, who was South Africa’s top try scorer, also made the tournament Dream Team. Yet in the final he hardly saw the ball, such was Australia’s dominance.
The Blitzboks were outstanding in being unbeaten in the Pool games and equally emphatic in dispatching Kenya (quarter-final) and the United States in the semi-final.
But the Aussies were equally impressive in the build up to the final, having dealt with New Zealand 24-12 in the quarter-finals.
And in the final they were dominant from the outset, with double strike in the last minute of the first half a hammer blow from which South Africa never recovered.
New Zealand, who lost to Fiji in the final play in their Pool match, reversed the result with a crushing 31-7 victory to take 5th place.