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Springboks Win World Sevens Title

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The Springbok Sevens Squad clenched the first ever overall Sevens title this weekend after beating France 33- 10 and the USA 34- 5 at the final stop of the IRB Sevens World Series in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Although the Springboks won the title all celebrations had to be put on hold until after the Edinburgh tournament where they progressed to the quarter, semi- finals and eventually the finals.

The Boks beat Australia 17- 7 in the quarter finals before progressing to the semi’s and facing host nation Scotland.

The Scots proved to be strong competitors and with the home crowd cheering them on they played some flamboyant rugby taking the Boks into extra time but Bok back line player, Gio Aplon proved to be too skillful breaking through to score a sudden death try that sent the Boks into the final.

The Final was a bitter sweet moment for the Boks with the physical Fiji team somewhat lucky by being awarded a try which was later proved by the television replay to be a mistake made by the match officials, which clenched the tournament for them.

Nevertheless, due to the Sevens being played on a point basis over the season the Boks won the title with 132 points followed by Fiji who finished second place with 102 points.

Bok Sevens coach, Paul Treu stated that, “It’s a bit disappointing to end the season like this, but I told the guys that we have been the most consistent team of the year.”

He explained that the Boks have waited 10 years to win the IRB Sevens Series and now they are the best team in the world, going home as World Champions.

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