South Africa ended a run of three defeats
against New Zealand to win a seventh Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby
Sevens title on Saturday.
South Africa lead the standings after the first of
in a season that culminates in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in
Japan with 22 points, ahead of New Zealand and bronze medalists
The first cup final meeting between the two nations since
South Africa triumphed 24-12 in the desert back in 2017, looked to
be heading for a scoreless first half after Chris Dry knocked on
in the act of scoring and then Zain Davids was held up over the
However, from the resulting scrum, and with only two
seconds showing on the clock, South Africa swung the ball quickly
left to create just enough space for captain Siviwe Soyizwapi to
go over in the corner to earn some reward for the long spells they
had spent in the All Blacks Sevens 22.
kick-off at the start of the second half was booted back with
interest by Tim Mikkelson – playing in his 41st Cup final on the
series – but Rosko Specman kicked and chased, forcing Kurt Baker
to take the ball back over his line. From the resulting scrum, the Blitzboks kept possession and eventually worked Dry over on the
left for a 10-0 lead.
The score remained that way until the
final minute when Seabeloa Senatla scooped up the ball and
sprinted away to wrap up a first victory over the All Blacks
7s for almost a year.
The teams now move
onto Cape Town for round two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
2020 next weekend, where Fiji are the defending champions after
beating USA in the final last year. Fiji finished ninth in Dubai,
their lowest ever placing there in series history.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.