South Africa claim Cape Town Sevens title

Date published: December 13 2015

Blitzbokke Cape Town Sevens Champs 2015

South Africa claimed their third successive World Series Series victory on home soil when they beat Argentina 29-14 in the final of the Cape Town Sevens on Sunday.

In the final the Blitzboks came from 7-0 behind to win 24-19 thanks to tries from Rosko Specman (2), Seabelo Senatla (2) and Ryno Benjamin against a Los Pumas side appearing in their first final since the 2009 USA Sevens in San Diego.

Earlier, Juan de Jongh, Specman and Philip Snyman scored for Neil Powell's side in their 21-12 semi-final win over France.

"The guys decided after yesterday to pull together and start playing rugby," said Powell.

"I'm really proud of them today. You have to work for everything, nothing is given to us and Argentina put us under lots of pressure. 

"A big thank you to the support here in Cape Town as well." 

The result puts South Africa second in the series with 35 points behind Fiji (35), who won the Plate by beating the USA 29-19, on points difference. Mike Friday's USA sit third (29), while Santiago Gomez Cora's Argentina are fourth (29), also on points difference.

It was an enthralling day of Sevens to end the weekend where 106,202 fans turned out over the two days at the Cape Town Stadium, with the entertainment hitting the heights many suggested were last seen at the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai.

France, who were 11th overall last season, finished third beating Kenya 28-26 with a last-minute try and conversion from Julien Candelon and Terry Bouhraoua while none of the Dubai Sevens Cup semi-finalists made it to the same stage a week later.

In the quarter-finals France beat Fiji, South Africa proved too strong for Australia and Argentina defeated New Zealand for only the sixth time and first since 2006, with a dramatic sudden-death extra-time drop-goal penalty from Bautista Ezcurra. Mike Friday suffered defeat to his old side as two tries apiece from Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka were enough for Kenya to beat USA 26-10.

There was similar entertainment in the semi-finals as Frank Wanyama set up a nailbiting finish in Kenya's defeat to Argentina. Having scored out wide to bring the scores to 24-22, Biko Adema had a chance to take the match to extra time but his conversion hit the post for Los Pumas to survive by the skin of their teeth.

Vatemo Ravouvou scored twice for Ben Ryan's side in a 29-19 victory over USA to win the Plate having earlier been defeat by France, only the fourth time in history and first since 2012, in the Cup quarter-finals with Sacha Valleau socring to clinch a 17-14 win.

Scotland won all three of their matches on day two of the Cape Town Sevens, beating Samoa, Wales and then England to win the Bowl at the Cape Town Stadium and claim eight series points. 

With one eye on the Olympics Scotland players would have wanted to impress England coach Simon Amor, who is also involved with the Team GB coaching set up, and they did just that with a 19-0 win.

"Can't really beat it," said Scotland captain Scott Wight. 

"Getting England and turning them over is great. We've reaped the benefits of better defence this week. The boys attitude in the tackle has been magnificent."

Samoa, who almost topped the France and New Zealand pool on day one, ended the Cape Town Sevens on a high with a 40-5 win over Russia to lift the Shield. 

"We've finished on the front foot," said coach Damian McGrath. 

"I'm pleased with the performances, if not the results. We are heading in the right direction and thi sweekend has shown anyone can beat anyone."

Results

Cup

Final
South Africa 29-14 Argentina

Third place play-off
France 26-24 Kenya

Semi-Finals
France 12-21 South Africa
Argentina 24-22 Kenya

Quarter-Finals
Fiji 14-17 France
Australia 5-25 South Africa
New Zealand 19-22 Argentina
Kenya 26-10 USA

Plate

Final
Fiji 29-19 USA

Semi-Finals
Fiji 38-19 Australia
New Zealand 14-28 USA

Bowl

Final
Scotland 19-0 England

Semi-Finals
Scotland 29-14 Wales
Canada 14-21 England

Quarter-Finals

Scotland 26-14 Samoa

Wales 21-12 Zimbabwe

Canada 55-0 Russia

England 49-7 Portugal

Shield

Final
Samoa 40-5 Russia

Semi-Finals
Samoa 33-0 Zimbabwe
Russia 38-5 Portugal

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