In Summary

  • 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 Blitzboks 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.
  • New Zealand won the bronze medal match, tries from Sam Dickson and Sherwin Stowers cancelling out an early Will Edwards five-pointer for England in the 12-5 victory.

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 Blitzboks 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, in London on May 20-21, 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.

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.

But the Blitzbokke had their revenge at a packed Jean Bouin stadium in western Paris, dominating a Scottish side that had gelled well but looked tired.

South Africa dominated the opening minutes, and it didn't take long for them to work the ball into some space wide on the right.

A long pass from skipper Philip Snyman and Werner Kok danced away from the defence for the opening try.

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