Losing Start For Kenya's Shujaa In Cape Town 7s

Losing Start For Kenya's Shujaa In Cape Town 7s

New Zealand, who lost to Samoa on day one, will face Australia in the first round of the playoffs.

South Africa suffered a heartbreaking 26-21 loss to New Zealand in the World Sevens Series on Saturday evening. Werner Kok scored from the ensuing set piece and Justin Geduld made no mistake with the conversion.

Nearly in the dying moments of the first-half, New Zealand doubled their lead with another runaway try to quite the home crowd.

The momentum was certainly with the Blitzboks and the crowd was sensing that shift.

Branco du Preez won a breakdown penalty two minutes from time.

But New Zealand grabbed a heart stopping win after two late tries, to Molia and Vilimoni Koroi - on the last play of the game - to join South Africa in the quarterfinals.

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Kenya's Sevens opened their Cape Town Sevens campaign on a wrong foot, losing 29-12 to England in pool C at the Cape Town Stadium, South Africa.

But New Zealand struck back with a runaway try to Andrew Knewstubb in the final minute and another to captain Sione Molia for a 14-7 halftime lead.

Powell's men headed into their home leg of their World Sevens Series title defence looking to make amends for their uncharacteristic 6th place finish in the season opener in Dubai last weekend.

The Blitzboks scored seven tries, with Siviwe Soyizwapi scoring a hat-trick, while Rosko Specman, Kyle Brown, Justin Geduld and Impi Visser also contributed five-pointers.

The Blitzboks made easy work of getting a win over Zimbabwe.

The other quarterfinal matchups will see South Africa take on Scotland, Fiji play Spain and the US clash with England.

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