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Blitzboks lose to Kiwis in Sevens semi-final

11 December 2017, 01:12 | Sylvia Adams

Blitzboks lose to Kiwis in Sevens semi-final

New Zealand ruin Blitzboks' party

Joe Ravouvou scored a try in each half, with Vilimoni Koroi, Tim Mikkelson and Regan Ware also crossing before Sione Molia wrapped up proceedings deep into added time.

They were then edged 14-12 by Argentina to set up a spot in the bronze match.

After his side's victory, All Black captain Scott Curry praised his team's performance.

Meanwhile, South African Seabelo Senatla became the fastest scorer of 200 World Rugby Sevens Series tries on Saturday.

Title-holders South Africa also defeated Russian Federation 40-5 and France 31-5 to top Pool A and secure a Sunday quarter-final date with Pool D runners-up Fiji.

"The thing about sevens is that day two is a new day and you start afresh‚ and we worked for each other‚ which won those three games for us today".

England face New Zealand, Canada tackle France and the United States confront Argentina in other quarter-finals.

The home side didn't defend with the same sort of aggression that helped them clinch the title in Dubai last week, as both Fiji and the All Blacks punched holes in the Blitzboks' defence in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.

Australia fought back early in the second period with tries to Simon Kennewell and Lewis Holland reducing the deficit to 21-12 but that was as close as they got.

It's their first tournament victory on the circuit in 20 months.

McConnochie went over for a second try to give England a 12-5 lead but New Zealand came roaring back with a try soon after.

Blitzboks 12 - Tries: Philip Snyman, Cecil Afrika Conversion: Branco du Preez (1).

After going ahead against the U.S. through a Boyd Killingworth try, the Aussies couldn't contain Carlin Isles who snared three first half tries.

SA - Tries: Philip Snyman, Cecil Afrika.

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