Sevens in Dubai: Flash goats cook, women’s team almost surprises

Henry

It was a syrupy start for the Blitzboks in the opening tournament of the new seven-season World Series in Dubai when they beat Samoa 22-14.

The Blitzbokke kicked off the series, which is now known as the SVSN series, on a winning note early on Saturday morning, while the Blitzbokke’s women’s team almost surprised New Zealand, the current champion.

The women’s team was beaten 19-14 after the All Blacks scored a last-gasp try to defeat the Blitzbok women. The Blitzbokke were still 14-5 ahead at half-time.

In the men’s section, the Blitzboks were soon behind in Group A after Faafoi Falaniko scored a try for Samoa, but three unanswered tries by Christie Grobbelaar, the quick-footed Rosko Specman and Shilton van Wyk had already tipped the scales in the Blitzboks’ favor before the break. .

Samoa made the Blitzboks fans chew their nails when Taunuu Niulevaea let his team creep closer before Impi Visser scored the Blitzboks’ fourth try to seal the game.

Scorers: South Africa 22 (17): Tries: Christie Grobbelaar, Rosko Specman, Shilton van Wyk, Impi Visser. Goal kick: Justin Patience. Samoa 14 (7): Tries: Faafoi Falaniko, Taunuu Niulevaea. Goals: Pelasio Samuelu Niuula (2).

Women: New Zealand 19 (5): Tries: Mahina Paul, Jazmin Felix-Hotham, Sarah Hirini. Goals: Risaleana Pouri-Lane (2). South Africa 14 (14): Tries: Nadine Roos, Maria Tshiremba. Goals: Roos (2).