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SA make history with consecutive World Series titles
June 10, 2018
The Springbok Sevens team on Sunday did a Paris double by not only winning the HSBC Paris Sevens, but in the process clinched a consecutive HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title.

The win in Paris, where the Blitzboks also won last year, saw them move past Fiji on the overall standings.

Fiji held a seven-point lead with the last tournament to go, but faltered on Day Two, losing in the quarterfinals to England.

This opened a window of opportunity to the Blitzboks, who kicked the door wide open with a 24-14 win in the final against England.

The team made all ten semifinals during the series. They won in Dubai and Paris, were losing finalists in Sydney, Hamilton and London. They won bronze in Cape Town, Vancouver and Hong Kong and placed fourth in Las Vegas and Singapore.

Selected stats:

Most points for a South African in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series:

1. Cecil Afrika 1430
2. Branco du Preez 1162
3. Seabelo Senatla 1120

The Springbok Sevens team defended their HSBC Paris Sevens crown won last here at the Stade Jean Bouin against England on Sunday after beating Spain and New Zealand on the way to the final.

The Blitzboks needed an extra time try by Justin Geduld against Spain to edge the Europeans 15-10 and then delivered a much stronger performance against New Zealand, winning 24-12.

The Blitzboks lost Seabelo Senatla in the Spain match due to a groin injury and Rhyno Smith, who joined the squad just before the tournament, slotted in.

The final standings for 2017/18:

1. South Africa 182
2. Fiji 180
3. New Zealand 150
4. Australia 123
5. England 122

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
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Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, June 23 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 18 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, August 25 2018
21:10 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Saturday, September 08 2018
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, September 15 2018
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, September 29 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, October 06 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Friday, November 02 2018
00:00 - England vs South Africa
Twickenham, London
Saturday, November 10 2018
00:00 - France vs South Africa
Stade de France, Paris
Saturday, November 17 2018
00:00 - Scotland vs South Africa
Murrayfield, Edinburgh

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