Cape Town Sevens: NZ power to title

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:12
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DAY TWO, FINALS WRAP: New Zealand were crowned 2017 Cape Town Sevens champions when they hammered Argentina 38-14 in their Cup Final on Sunday.

The New Zealanders scored six tries in the Final, while Argentina only crossed the tryline twice.

The BlitzBoks finished third in Cape Town.

Cup Final:

New Zealand 38-14 Argentina

It was nervy opening few minutes for both teams before Joe Ravouvou powered through a number of Argentinian defenders in the fourth minute to open the scoring.

New Zealand doubled their lead moments later when Vilimoni Koroi found some space to run in for a score.

However, Argentina showed a lot of patience after the half-time hooter sounded and they were rewarded with a try.

At half-time, New Zealand led 14-7.

New Zealand were the first to score with a Tim Mikkelson try before Ravouvou ran in for his second try.

NZ kept the high tempo going and Regan Ware ran in for a score in the corner.

Argentina thought they had the final say with their second try late in the game, but it was NZ who wrapped the game up with a fantastic score at the end.

Bronze Final:

South Africa 19-17 Canada

South Africa wanted to put the disappointment of losing in the semifinal against New Zealand when they faced Canada in their Bronze play-off.

After two minutes the BlitzBoks were 7-0 ahead after some great running rugby, but it did not long for Canada to hit back with a Harry Jones try.

However, the BlitzBoks had the final say in the half with a Ruhan Nel try.

Canada outscored the BlitzBoks by two tries to one in the second half, but the BlitzBoks walked away with a narrow 19-17 win.

Fifth place Final:

Fiji 26-12 USA

Fiji were in full control in the first half as they scored two tries to lead 12-0 at half-time.

The USA opened the scoring in the second half, but it only fired up the Fijians even more as they took the game away from the Americans with another two tries.

The USA were the last to score, but it was Fiji who got the reward in the end. 

Trophy Final:

Spain 7-26 Australia

Australia never looked troubled in their final match of the 2017 Cape town Sevens.

Two converted tries in the first half meant that they were sitting pretty at 14-0 at the half-time break.

The Aussies scored another two tries in the second half to just the one from Spain to eventually win 26-7. 

Thirteenth place play-off:

Kenya 24-14 Uganda

Kenya dominated the first half in their match against Uganda and they were looking comfortable with a 14-0 lead at the break.

Uganda fought back valiantly in the second half with two tries of their own, but Kenya pulled away towards the end of the match with a double score to eventually win 24-12.


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