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The South African Sevens campaign in Singapore ended in disappointment as they went down 17-12 to New Zealand in the 5th place match at the Singapore Sevens on Sunday.
The Blitzboks are on the verge of claiming the HSBC World Series title, but won’t do it this weekend and will have to wait until the penultimate tournament in Paris before they can finally claim their first title under coach Neil Powell.
In a game where several of the fringe players were let onto the park, the tactic perhaps backfired a bit as the Kiwis found their feet to record their first victory over the Blitzboks in a year, but it would have provided exceptional experience for the youngsters involved.
One of those getting a run was Stedman Gans and the former Hoërskool Waterkloof pupil made the most of his opportunity, stepping twice to beat three defenders before surging over the line for his first international try.
Phillip Snyman added a second near half time with Joe Ravouvou adding New Zealand’s only score in the first half.
The introduction of Sam Dickson changed the complexion of the game as the Kiwi stalwart was in blistering form, setting up Sione Molia for the try that levelled matters up before winning a crucial turnover and then giving a perfect pass for Virimoni Koroi to score the winning try.