Sevens

Blitzboks beaten by Fiji in Dubai extra-time thriller

Branco du Preez (Getty Images)
Branco du Preez (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens side finished their Dubai Sevens campaign on a low note after losing a thrilling 5th place playoff match against Fiji on Saturday.

The Fijians scored a try in the sudden death extra-time period to win 24-19.

A hat-trick by young gun Muller du Plessis had given the Blitzboks a 19-14 lead heading into the final seconds, before Fiji levelled matters in the last move of regulation time (19-all).

The islanders missed the conversion to seal the contest but made sure of the win in extra-time.

Earlier on Saturday, the Blitzboks thumped Scotland 29-0 in the Plate playoffs, having lost 22-5 to England in the Cup quarter-finals.

On Friday, the Blitzboks, who are the reigning World Rugby Sevens Series champions, beat Zimbabwe 31-0 and Samoa 19-12, but lost 19-12 to Argentina.

New Zealand won the tournament when they beat USA 21-5 in the Cup final.

MATCH CENTRE: Dubai Sevens

Scorers:

South Africa

Tries: Muller du Plessis (3)

Conversion: Dewald Human (2)

Fiji

Tries: Mesu Kunalolo, Aminiasi Tuimaba (2), Waisea Nacuqu

Conversion: Nacuqu, Vatemo Ravouvou

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