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Blitzboks have it all to play for - literally



The Springbok Sevens have given themselves the perfect chance to win this year’s HSBC World Sevens Series - all they have to do is beat England in the final of Sunday’s Paris Sevens. The Blitzboks produced their best performance of the tournament against rivals New Zealand, providing both power and pace as they won 24-12 to keep their hopes alive for an amazing comeback in the final tournament of the season. Coming into the tournament seven points behind Fiji after an epic season, the dramatic countdown to the final part of the World Sevens series could not be written with more suspense. The Springbok Sevens have given themselves the perfect chance to win this year’s HSBC World Sevens Series - all they have to do is beat England in the final of Sunday’s Paris Sevens.

The Blitzboks produced their best performance of the tournament against rivals New Zealand, providing both power and pace as they won 24-12 to keep their hopes alive for an amazing comeback in the final tournament of the season.

Coming into the tournament seven points behind Fiji after an epic season, the dramatic countdown to the final part of the World Sevens series could not be written with more suspense.

The Blitzboks lost their opener against Scotland, then just beat Russia before finally finding their feet to power past Canada 28-0 on day one but then looked jaded as they needed extra time to beat a plucky Spanish side 15-10 in the quarterfinal. In fact, Spain could have won the game with a final conversion, but Justin Geduld’s try sealed it for the Boks.

So not playing well, and with everything literally to play for, the Blitzboks headed into the semifinal hoping for a good performance and were rewarded as they clicked into gear at the right time.

Fiji had opened the door with a heartbreaking loss to England in the quarterfinals, meaning they can only finish fifth, and a win for the Blitzboks would give them a dramatic title at the end of a stunning season.

Werner Kok scored in the opening seconds by powering his way over and there was some desperate play by both sides as they went into halftime with just a score between them.

But two tries by Dewald Human in the eighth and 14th minute sealed the win, with Ruhan Nel, who struggled in the opening games of the tournament, puttiing in an inspired performance to score a try in the semifinal as well.

Now all the Blitzboks need to do is beat England and the title is theirs. A tough ask as England have by far been the form team of the tournament.

The final will kick off at 6.54pm (CAT, GMT+2) and will be live on Supersport1.



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