Sydney Sevens: BlitzBoks pummel England in final

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FINAL WRAP: The BlitzBoks increased their lead at the top of the World Sevens Series table when they beat England 29-14 in the Sydney Sevens Cup Final.

The win meant South Africa has won three out of four tournaments so far in the 2016/2017 World Sevens Series.

The victory over England in the Final was also a bit of revenge for the BlitzBoks after they lost to the English in the Cup Final of the Cape Town Sevens in December. The BlitzBoks also lost to England in the pool stages on Day One of the Sydney Sevens.

Cup Final: England 14-29 South Africa

South Africa made their intentions clear from the start when captain Philip Snyman scored a try which started from the opening kick-off and involved eight passes.

The BlitzBoks continued to dominate possession and territory after that first try and they were eventually rewarded when star Seabelo Senatla broke through the English defence to score his team's second try.

With the clock winding down to half-time, the BlitzBoks went on one final attack and they managed to extend their lead when Justin Geduld showed his vision and speed to go over for a converted try.

At half-time, the BlitzBoks were leading 19-0.

There was no let-up in the second half as the BlitzBoks were the first to score when Geduld bagged his second try, which extended the South Africans' lead to 24 points.

With less than three minutes left on the clock, England finally opened their account when Tom Mitchell eased over for a score.

However, the BlitzBoks moved to higher gear after that score with Stephan Dippenaar adding his name to the scorers' sheet after some more magic from Senatla.

England did have the final say with a Dan Norton try, but it was too little, too late as the BlitzBoks walked away with the Sydney Sevens title.

Third-place play-off: New Zealand 29-14 Australia

New Zealand started their third-place play-off against Australia like men possessed and after a great offload by Andrew Knewstubb, it was Rocky Khan who started the scoring.

Dylan Collier added a second try after some great awareness by his teammate Sherwin Stowers.

The crowd at the Allianz Stadium were then on their feet when 19-year-old Lachie Anderson touched down his first Sevens Series try to bring his team back into it.

However, Australia were brought down to earth again when Veteran DJ Forbes crossed the whitewash just before the break. New Zealand were 17-7 in front at half-time.

Trael Joass extended the Kiwis lead in the second half with a try before Australia hit back once again with a try from Brandon Quinn.

Australia desperately tried to get another score to get within touching distance of the Kiwis, but instead, it was Regan Ware who put the game to bed as New Zealand won 29-14.

Fifth-place play-off: Fiji 35-12 USA

This was an important game for the USA and Fiji as important points were on offer, with the winner taking 13 and the loser 12.

Nemani Nagusa opened the scoring for Fiji, but a spirited USA side hit back through Stephen Tomasin's try. 

Nagusa then scored his second try of the game, which was converted for a 14-7 score line.

The USA managed to hit back once again via a Danny Barrett try, but Madison Hughes could not convert giving  Fiji a two-point lead at the break.

It was all one-way traffic in the second half with Fiji racking up three converted tries with just 13 passes with second-half blows dealt by Samisoni Viriviri, Nacanieli Labalaba and the outstanding Jasa Veremalua for a 35-12 win

Challenge Trophy Final: Russia 26-0 France

Russia had five and a half minutes of possession that turned to nothing before Vladislav Lazarenko scored a vital try to give his team a 7-0 at the break against France.

In the second half, German Davydov then played a key role to create space for Eduard Filatov to fly down the wing to give Russia a 12-point lead. 

Vladislav Sozonov then scored Russia's third before Davydov added a fourth try to seal a 26-0 win for Russia.

The win gave Russia the Challenge Trophy,

Thirteenth-place play-off: Kenya 5-10 Canada

Canada made a fast start in their 13th-place play-off against Kenya when Harry Jones opened the scoring.

However, the scores were level at 5-5 at half-time after Willy Ambaka bamboozled the Canadian defence to go over for a score.

The second half was just as tough as the first half, but it was Canada who just had something extra in the tank to win the match.

Justin Douglas' try a few minutes before full-time proved to be decisive as the Canadians walked away with a 10-5 win.

Sources: @WorldRugby7s & @rugby365com

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