South Africa tightens grip on Sevens Series



England had seen off New Zealand 12-5 in the semifinal, but proved no match for the blistering Bliztboks in the the decider, as unanswered tries from Philip Snyman, Seabelo Senatla and Justin Geduld ended the contest before the first-half was up.

England did fight back, as captain Tom Mitchell and Dan Norton gave the scoreline a look of respectability

With three wins from four rounds, the Blitzboks now boast the best series start since the imperious New Zealand side of 2008.

“I think it was great for the guys to come out and beat England after losing to them in the pool stages,” South Africa head coach Neil Powell told reporters.

“I’m delighted with the back-to-back wins in Wellington and Sydney.”

Losing out to Fiji last year, the Blitzboks look an altogether different proposition this campaign, reaching all four finals and picking up maximum points on three occasions.

With six cities still to visit, including Twickenham in May, they have already won three times as many tournaments than in the entirety of 2015/16.

“It’s incredible,” reflected Senatla, named Player of the Final after a number of scintillating runs.

“The guys are just magicians, hats off to them. I am just the finisher of the moves.”

Earlier, host Australia was beaten by New Zealand 20-14 in the battle for third place.

Russia picked up the Challenge trophy, thrashing France 26-0.

Olympic champion Fiji, bidding for a third successive world series title, had to be content with fifth.

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