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Blitzboks end third in Las Vegas and stay on top of standings
- Updated: February 16, 2015
The Springbok Sevens team had to settle for third place for a second successive IRB Sevens Series tournament on Sunday.
After ending third at the Wellington, New Zealand leg of the series, the Blitzboks were once again beaten at the semi-final stage.
On this occasion it was Fiji who proved too strong for coach Neil Powell’s side at the Las Vegas Sevens.
the Pacific Islanders won 24-19 and outscored the Blitzboks by four tries to three, Cecil Afrika, Seabelo Senatla and Phillip Snyman dotting down for South Africa.
In the play-off for third they beat the host nation, contesting their first Cup quarter-final since Adelaide five years ago, in convincing style, 31-0. South Africa’s five tries came from Afrika (2), Ryno Benjamim, veteran Frankie Horne and Kwagga Smith with Africa (2) and Gelant successful with conversion attempts.
Fiji went on to win the Cup title by beating New Zealand 35-19 in the final.
Despite failing to lift the Cup, the Blitzboks maintained their lead atop the overall Sevens World Series standings with 93 points, with New Zealand (88) and Fiji (86) in second and third respectively as the series passed the halfway stage in Las Vegas.
Next tournament is once again on the other side of the globe as Hong Kong host the world’s finest sevens exponents on 27-29 March.