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Springbok Sevens edge ahead in World Series

The Springbok Sevens team strengthened their lead in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton on Sunday with yet another top two finish at the HSBC NZ Sevens.

The Blitzboks were beaten by Fiji in the final, but they now lead the World Series after four tournaments and are eight points clear of New Zealand in second place and fifteen ahead of Fiji in third.

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Aussie Men qualify for Cup Quarter-Final in Hamilton

The Australian Men's Sevens side have set-up a Cup quarter-final clash with Kenya after coming second in Pool A at the HSBC Hamilton Sevens.

Australia had three new squad members from the side that won in Sydney last weekend and started the day with a tough 21-5 win over Spain.

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Blitzboks to face Scotland in Cup quarters of NZ Sevens

The Springbok Sevens team on Saturday topped pool B of the HSBC NZ Sevens in Hamilton after beating Papua New Guinea (36-5), Russia (38-0) and England (28-7) in the FMG Stadium and will face Scotland in the Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.

The defending HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions started the fourth tournament of the 2017/18 series with a workmanlike win over PNG, but started to hit their straps in the second half of their clash against Russia. In their final pool match, against England, the Blitzboks scored four unanswered tries on route to a convincing win.

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Springbok Women’s Sevens in Cup contention at Super7sBrisbane tournament

The Springbok Women’s Sevens team on Saturday secured a Cup quarterfinal berth in the Super7sBrisbane tournament being played at the Sci-Fleet Stadium in Toowong, Brisbane.

South Africa won their matches against Papua New Guinea (22-0) and Sweden (12-5) to secure a Cup play-off spot despite a subsequent 31-0 defeat against England in their final pool match.

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Brown happy to lead Blitzboks in Hamilton

Kyle Brown would have preferred regular captain Philip Snyman to be with them in New Zealand, but under the circumstances, the Springbok Sevens veteran is more than willing and happy to take over the leadership responsibilities in Hamilton this weekend.

Brown was the regular captain of the side for a number of seasons, but stood down from the captaincy at the end of the 2015/16 series, when Snyman took over. Snyman, however, returned to South Africa due to injury, and Brown was again handed the captaincy by Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell.

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