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Blitzbokke takes Dubai Gold

The Blitzboks have won the Dubai Sevens for the second year running, beating New Zealand in a pulsating final.

After a yellow card in the first minute to New Zealand’s Joseava Rovouvou, the Blitzboks took full advantage of the extra man, running in three tries in as many minutes through Philip Snyman, Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith with Branco du Preez adding two conversions for a 19-0 lead at half-time.

The second half saw Rosko Specman sent to the bin in the first minute of the second half and New Zealand immediately forced their way back into the match with two tries in two minutes through Andrew Knewstubb and captain, Scott Curry, one of which was converted to take the score to 19-12.

Tim Agaba put the match beyond doubt in the final minute when he crashed over to secure victory for the Blitzboks in the first leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Next week sees the teams come to Cape Town with England looking to defend their crown in the Mother City.

Scorers:

Blitzboks

Tries: Snyman, Senatla, Smith, Agaba

Conversions: Du Preez (2)

New Zealand

Tries: Knewstubb, Curry

Conversion: Knewstubb

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