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Bronze finish for the All Blacks Sevens in Paris

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allblacks.com     15 May 2017     Getty Images

South Africa’s tournament victory meant that they cannot be caught at the top of the Sevens World Series standings with one tournament left in London next week.

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After being unbeaten on day one and cruising past France in the quarterfinals, the All Blacks Sevens were looking good for a final appearance before being stopped by a rampant South Africa side in the semifinals.

South Africa looked out of sorts on day one with a loss to Scotland, but peaked when it mattered with victories over Samoa in the quarterfinals, New Zealand in the semifinals and Scotland in the final to lift the Paris trophy.

The All Blacks Sevens kept close with South Africa in the first half and were still in the match at half time through a Regan Ware try to trail 12-5. The Blitz Bokke showed their class in the second half to score two converted tries and shut down the All Blacks Sevens attack to claim a comprehensive 26-5 win.

Although they were out of contention for the overall title, the Scott Waldrom-coached side showed plenty of determination to claim the bronze medal with a hard fought 12-5 victory over England.
There were plenty of positives to take out of the weekend for the All Blacks Sevens. Debutants Jamie Booth and Fa’asiu Fuatai both shone and the defence was strong throughout the two days apart from a few moments against South Africa.

The third-place finish leaves New Zealand in fourth place on the overall standings on 127 points with the final tournament of the year to be played in London next weekend.

New Zealand have been drawn with Fiji, Canada and Japan in Pool C.