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The Blitzboks have given long-suffering SA rugby fans a reason to cheer. It’s been eight years since SA last won the World Rugby Sevens Series title. Indeed, it’s been eight years since any of SA’s national teams have won a trophy of substance. Thanks to the Blitzboks, who clinched the Sevens Series title on the back of their powerful performances at the Paris Sevens tournament this past weekend, the long and agonising wait is finally over. The Blitzboks deserve applause for winning the Paris tournament. After suffering a shock 19-12 defeat to Scotland, SA went on to beat Japan 35-5 and Canada 31-7 in the remaining pool matches. A lift in physicality and intensity led to comfortable wins against Samoa (12-0) and New Zealand (26-5) in the playoffs. The Blitzboks were always in control of the decider against Scotland and eventually emerged 15-5 winners. SA have clinched the 2016/2017 Seven Series title with a tournament to spare (they will play the final leg of the series in London th...

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