Blitzboks ignite City of Lights to win series

Twickenham

Twickenham

"It's been an incredible season so far".

The win ended four years as runners-up for the Blitzboks and puts them on course for the most overall points ever in the series (currently 198 by New Zealand in 2002 when there were 11 legs).

Samoa belied their current 13th position in world rankings in front of Tietjens, who led the All Blacks sevens team to 12 series titles and two World Cups but quit his job after the Rio Olympics when New Zealand failed to finish on the podium.

Both scored again in the second half to go up 31-0 before a Justin Douglas try gave Canada its only points.

It was definitely the weekend of the bravehearts of Scotland who got everything right from the start.

The sun, which was an intermittent visitor in the skies over the Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday, returned around the time South Africa won the title and, despite an opening try for New Zealand by Regan Ware, captain Philip Snyman and Branco du Preez ensured the Blitzboks were 12-5 ahead at the break.

All teams will now cross the Channel and head to London for the final round of the 2016/2017 HSBC World Series where, no matter the results at Twickenham, South Africa will be officially crowned this season's champions.

With wins over Japan and Wales, the Aussie 7s reached the Challenge Trophy Final but were unable to over come the eventual Challenge Trophy victors, Argentina.

Another try from Robertson in the second half put Scotland firmly in charge as they dominated possession before a second from Farndale in the corner put the game beyond doubt.

Veteran DJ Forbes opened the scoring for New Zealand against France when he barged over on the blindside from close range and Joe Webber converted.

Before their semifinal defeat, the All Blacks Sevens team had won four from four in the French capital, beating the hosts 14-0 in their quarterfinal.

Samoa threw everything they had at the Blitzboks in the second period, but staunch defence kept them at bay.

"In London, we're going to have to fight hard because we want to get out of the bottom eight and back into the top eight, and win quarters, semis and then get into the final which we haven't done all year".

While the objective of the tournament was to build the team for the future, players hardly learn anything when they get smashed in the process.

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