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Diligent Blitzboks to contest consecutive Dubai Sevens final after thrilling win against France

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Springbok Sevens star Zain Davids goes in for a tackle. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images)
Springbok Sevens star Zain Davids goes in for a tackle. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images)

The Blitzboks overcame a belligerent France Sevens team to claim a 19-12 win in their semi-final and book their place in the final for a second week.

A slow start from the South Africans saw them trail France 7-0 in the opening exchanges of the game, but two quick tries from the evergreen captain Siviwe Soyizwapi saw them take a slender 12-7 lead into the half.

France were first out of the blocks in the second half after Jordan Sepho's try tied the scores at 12 all, however a late surge from Soyizwapi's men saw JC Pretorius show pace and power to score in the last seconds of the game to hand the Blitzboks victory.

The Blitzboks remained unbeaten on Friday and continued their fine form into Saturday's proceedings, brushing aside Kenya 31-19 in their quarter-final earlier in the day.

In the earlier semi-final, Australia made light weight of Argentina, beating them 40-0.

The Blitzboks and Australia will contest their final at 17:26 on Saturday. 

Scorers

SA

Tries: Siviwe Soyizwapi (2), JC Pretorius

Conversions: Selvyn Davids (2)

France

Tries: Stephen Parez, Jordan Sepho

Conversions: Paulin Riva

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