Blitzbokke crowned Seven Series champions

South Africa's Cecil Afrika (C) celebrates after winning the Rugby 7 Paris tournament final rugby match between South Africa and Scotland. Photo: AFP / Christophe Simon

PARIS - South Africa were crowned winners of this season's World Rugby Sevens Series on Sunday, beating Scotland 15-5 in the final of the penultimate leg in Paris.

The Blitzbokke arrived in the French capital 25 points ahead of closest rivals Fiji in the standings on the back of four tournament wins and seven consecutive finals.

With 22 points on offer for a tournament victory and just one round remaining, South Africa clinched the title after third-placed England lost 19-17 to Scotland before comfortably seeing off New Zealand 26-5 in their own semi-final.

South Africa coach Neil Powell said the series win was one three years in the making.

"We are extremely grateful and blessed, the team worked for this for three seasons," said Powell, who became the first person to win the World Rugby Sevens Series as a player and as a coach, having played in the title-winning 'Bok team in 2008/09.

"Last year we came close, but this time we managed to do it. I have to give the guys credit, they are an incredible group that never feared hard work and they deserve this."

Powell added: "We are not finished though, we want to finish the series strong next week in London and keep chasing that perfect game. We have high standards and keep pushing to improve as a squad."

Scotland's run of form saw them snap a 13-match losing run to stun Olympic champions Fiji 24-0 in the quarter-finals, having also edged South Africa in pool play on Saturday.

AFP

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