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South Africa claim Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens title

Blitzbokke win Dubai title for seventh time with victory over New Zealand in the final

South Africa claim Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens title
South Africa claimed the 50th anniversary Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens title.

Blitzbokke flyer Rosko Specman helped South Africa to a 15-0 victory over New Zealand on Saturday to win the 50th anniversary Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens and the opening leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

In front of a typically large and exuberant Dubai crowd, the South Africans scraped past Argentina 12-5 in the quarter-finals before routing Samoa 38-7 in the semi-finals.

New Zealand had overcome the United States (26-5) and England (19-12) to set up the final, but the Boks proved too strong, keeping the All Blacks pointless as they notched up a seventh title in the United Arab Emirates.

"I'm so proud of the boys. We call ourselves a defence team and we are proud of that. That's what the boys showed tonight," the Blitzbokke's Siviwe Soyizwapi said.

There was some comfort for New Zealand fans, however, as their women's team, fired by standout Stacey Waaka, ran out 17-14 winners over Canada to retain their Dubai title.

The next tournament for both men and women's teams is in Cape Town between December 13-15.

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