All Blacks Sevens beaten by South Africa in Dubai final


In the other semi-final, England captain Tom Mitchell was instrumental in his side's first try, setting up Ruaridh McConnochie off a set piece line out on the New Zealand 10 metre line.

After winning five tournaments last season en route to the World Rugby Sevens Series title, it was more of the same from the BlitzBoks in Dubai this weekend as they bagged the title - for the second year running - after downing New Zealand in the final on Saturday.

Kwagga Smith piled more misery on Kenya with a seventh try for the Blitzboks before Rosco Speckman came off the bench to complete the rout with a converted effort and secure South Africa a Main Cup quarter-finals ticket with a game to spare.

World Series champions South Africa started their defence with a title win in Dubai.

Eden Agero put restored Kenya's lead thanks to some quick thinking as he rose off the ruck unnoticed after tapping against the ball and then racing clear of two Ugandan clutches score to make it 12-7. A try in the last few seconds from Tim Agaba, however, sealed the 24-12 victory for the Blitzboks.

The Kiwis had earned a spot in the final after downing England 14-5 in the semis, battling back from a 5-0 half-time deficit.

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"We kind of let them back into the game and a silly yellow card and one or two silly mistakes towards the end nearly cost us", Snyman said after the final.

England now travel to Cape Town where they will compete on 9-10 December.

"It was a long pre-season and a lot of guys went on to play some XVs so it's a new team with some unfamiliar faces".

Meanwhile, Snyman's teammate and last year's World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla said that it was a great performance.

"We want to focus on our processes and it we leave the result and result doesn't go our way then we're still happy".