Dubai Sevens: South Africa stuns Olympic champion Fiji

Publish Date : 2021-04-01


Dubai Sevens: South Africa stuns Olympic champion Fiji

South Africa, so impressive over the two days of the competition, won a thrilling final 26-14 as late tries from man of the match Chris Dry and the prolific Seabelo Senatla took them clear of the Fijians.

It was the fifth Dubai title for South Africa, which finished second to Fiji in the last two World Series and took bronze at the Rio Olympics.

Boks captain Philip Snyman said confidence was now high heading into the side's home round in Cape Town next weekend.

'We just needed to stick to our game plan and that's exactly what the guys did. We never let Fiji into the game and then they were playing catch-up rugby, which I think worked to our advantage,' he told the official tournament website.

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'We can be positive going into our home tournament next weekend in Cape Town, but we need to start all over again and fix a few things that went wrong.'

Read: Black Ferns celebrate success with Haka

Tries from Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez gave his side an early advantage before Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau hit back with a converted score.

When Jerry Tuwai crossed under the posts for the Olympic gold medalists it looked ominous for South Africa, but Dry edged South Africa ahead before Senatla went over for his 11th try of the tournament.

In the third-place playoff, Dan Norton scored four of England's six tries in a 33-10 win over Wales.

Australia finished fifth while the US raised the men's Challenge Trophy with a 28-14 win over Samoa, the highlight being Perry Baker's crowd-pleasing first-half chip-and-chase try.

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England equals Test best record

In 15-a-side international action Saturday, England stretched its unbeaten run to 14 games with a 37-21 win over Australia at Twickenham.

It equals a national record set in 2003, with 13 of the wins coming under Australian coach Eddie Jones, appointed after England's early exit at last year's World Cup.

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England trailed 10-0 early on but tries from Jonathan Joseph (two), Marland Yarde and Ben Youngs led a sterling recovery to defeat the Wallabies for the fourth time this year.

'We just needed to stick to our game plan and that's exactly what the guys did. We never let Fiji into the game and then they were playing catch-up rugby, which I think worked to our advantage,' he told the official tournament website. England trailed 10-0 early on but tries from Jonathan Joseph (two), Marland Yarde and Ben Youngs led a sterling recovery to defeat the Wallabies for the fourth time this year. Tries from Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez gave his side an early advantage before Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau hit back with a converted score. England trailed 10-0 early on but tries from Jonathan Joseph (two), Marland Yarde and Ben Youngs led a sterling recovery to defeat the Wallabies for the fourth time this year. 'We can be positive going into our home tournament next weekend in Cape Town, but we need to start all over again and fix a few things that went wrong.' In the third-place playoff, Dan Norton scored four of England's six tries in a 33-10 win over Wales. Australia finished fifth while the US raised the men's Challenge Trophy with a 28-14 win over Samoa, the highlight being Perry Baker's crowd-pleasing first-half chip-and-chase try. Australia finished fifth while the US raised the men's Challenge Trophy with a 28-14 win over Samoa, the highlight being Perry Baker's crowd-pleasing first-half chip-and-chase try. England trailed 10-0 early on but tries from Jonathan Joseph (two), Marland Yarde and Ben Youngs led a sterling recovery to defeat the Wallabies for the fourth time this year. Boks captain Philip Snyman said confidence was now high heading into the side's home round in Cape Town next weekend. When Jerry Tuwai crossed under the posts for the Olympic gold medalists it looked ominous for South Africa, but Dry edged South Africa ahead before Senatla went over for his 11th try of the tournament. When Jerry Tuwai crossed under the posts for the Olympic gold medalists it looked ominous for South Africa, but Dry edged South Africa ahead before Senatla went over for his 11th try of the tournament. Boks captain Philip Snyman said confidence was now high heading into the side's home round in Cape Town next weekend. Read: How to win 30 million fans in six days It was the fifth Dubai title for South Africa, which finished second to Fiji in the last two World Series and took bronze at the Rio Olympics. Tries from Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez gave his side an early advantage before Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau hit back with a converted score. England equals Test best record It was the fifth Dubai title for South Africa, which finished second to Fiji in the last two World Series and took bronze at the Rio Olympics. England trailed 10-0 early on but tries from Jonathan Joseph (two), Marland Yarde and Ben Youngs led a sterling recovery to defeat the Wallabies for the fourth time this year. Visit cnn.com/rugby for more news and videos Read: How to win 30 million fans in six days Read: Black Ferns celebrate success with Haka In 15-a-side international action Saturday, England stretched its unbeaten run to 14 games with a 37-21 win over Australia at Twickenham.

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