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Blitzboks take third place and hang on to Series lead
- Updated: March 30, 2015
While the Blitzbok Rugby Sevens side have still not broken their hoodoo of not winning the Hong Kong leg of the World Rugby Series there was elements of consolation for the South Africans, writes Mark Etheridge.
They won their final match of the tournament, the third-place play-off against Fiji 26-5 after going down to Fiji in the Cup semi-final earlier in the day.
That saw them picking up 17 log points and keeping them top of the standings. They now have 110 points which keeps them two points ahead of tournament winners Fijiand three points ahead of runners-up New Zealand.
Of course, the first four teams at the end of the season qualify automatically for next year’s Rio Olympics where sevens rugby makes its Olympic debut.
There was more consolation for the Blitzboks as the dynamic Werner Kok was named player of the tournament. And he was joined in the Hong Kong dream team line-up by Seabelo Senatla.
Talking after the third-place play-off skipper Kyle Brown said: ‘We got up to play for some crucial points and I am glad the boys got a good win over Samoa. We came agonisingly close against Fiji, but we have to stop giving them such a head start. I think we showed our character by fighting back, but it was just too far in the end. ’Now we must prepare for Tokyo, get a good week of training behind us and stage another good challenge for the Cup,’ said Brown.
Just three rounds of the competition remain – Japan on Saturday and Sunday, then Scotland and England.
The Blitzboks will face United States, Canada and Kenya in Pool C this weekend.