Sports Reporter
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27 Nov 2021
6:47 pm

Blitzboks in a class of their own as they claim Dubai Sevens title

Sports Reporter

The South Africans hardly put a foot wrong in the final as they powered past the USA Eagles.

Ronald Brown of the South African Blitzboks was in scintillating form in the Dubai Sevens final against the USA. Picture: David van der Sandt/Gallo Images

The Springbok Sevens team won their 18th straight HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series match as they clinched the Emirates Dubai Sevens crown in style by beating the USA 42-7 in an exhilarating Cup final on Saturday afternoon.

Ronald Brown was in sublime form and contributed 25 points in the final through three tries and five conversions as the USA had no answer for the Blitzboks’ clinical play, sharp attack and strong defence.

JC Pretorius, Selvyn Davids and Shaun Williams also added their names to the list of try-scorers.

Brown scored early, after which Pretorius went over untouched from a quick tap penalty in the USA 22. At this stage, the Blitzboks were almost parked in their opponents’ half.

On the stroke of half-time, Brown danced his way over for his second try, which came from a turnover in the USA half, to hand the Blitzboks a 21-0 lead at the break.

That didn’t last long as Pretorius attacked from the restart and after a very strong run, he put Brown over for his third try.

Selvyn Davids scored from a trademark chip, chase and gather before the USA pulled one back, but it was too little, too late and when Williams went over on the stroke of full-time, the South Africans could celebrate.

In their first game on Saturday morning, the Springbok Sevens team displayed great attacking precision and defensive efficiency as they beat Australia 29-5 in their quarter-final, and later booked their place in the final with a 17-7 win over Argentina.

The Blitzboks won all their games on day one to top their pool.