Sevens World Series: South Africa storm to victory in Dubai

    South Africa's rugby sevens team celebrate winning the first leg of the 2018 World Series in Dubai.

    Story highlights

    • South Africa win opening round in Dubai
    • Blitzboks defeat New Zealand 24-12 in final
    • Australia beat US in women's gold medal match

    (CNN)New season, same result.

    World Series Table - Round One

    1 - South Africa (22pts)

    2 - New Zealand (19pts)

    3 - England (17pts)

    4 - Fiji (15pts)

    5 - Australia (13pts)

    6 - Samoa (12pts)

    7 - Kenya (10pts)

    8 - Scotland (10pts)

    9 - France (8pts)

    10 - Spain (7pts)

    South Africa won the opening leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai at the weekend, picking up where they left off last year.
      The Blitzboks produced an electrifying display of attacking rugby at the Sevens Stadium, topping their pool undefeated before overcoming Fiji, Samoa and finally New Zealand in the knockout stages to lift the trophy.
      First half tries from captain Philip Snyman, Player of the Final Kwagga Smith and the prolific Seabelo Senatla helped South Africa to a 24-12 win against the Kiwis in the gold medal match.