South Africa take top prize in Wellington


South Africa claimed the third round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with a 26-5 win over in Fiji in a windy Wellington on Sunday.

In a replay of Saturday’s Pool B encounter, the Blitzboks again beat the Fijians at the Westpac Stadium to cement their spot at the top of the series standings.

Seabelo Senatla had a memorable weekend as he was named HSBC Player of the Final, DHL Impact Player, and became South Africa’s top try scorer with 180 series tries.

South African captain Philip Snyman said: “We are happy to get a first win in Wellington since 2002 and it’s extra sweet after last year’s defeat in the final. Playing Fiji twice in one weekend doesn’t make it easier, but our defence system was great.

“Hats off to the guys and the coaching staff. It wasn’t zero tries, so there is definitely some work to be done before Sydney next week.”

Scotland finished in third place after beating Canada 28-22 in an epic bronze final, while Kenya won the Challenge Trophy after beating Australia 19-17 in a tense clash on a blustery evening in the New Zealand capital.

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moves to Sydney next week where it joins up with the women’s tournament in Australia.