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It underlines the level of focus that the Blitzboks have that they did not even know they had already won the overall HSBC World Sevens Series title before their Paris leg semifinal against New Zealand on Sunday. With nearest challengers England eliminated by Scotland in the first semifinal‚ their mathematical chance of winning with the 2016-17 series slipped away. But the Blitzboks were busy warming up for a tough match against old foes New Zealand‚ and while some of the management knew England’s result‚ it was not passed on to the players. And none asked about it either‚ preferring to stay focused on the job of beating their fiercest rivals. That kind of concentration was a key to their Blitzboks’ success that brought a second World Series crown on Sunday‚ and the first this decade. NZ were well beaten 26-5 by SA, and Scotland lost 15-5 in the final. It was fitting the overall title was secured with a fifth tournament win in an eighth final appearance this season. The Blitzboks di...

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