The BlitzBokke have once again underlined their strong form by securing a second title within a week. After winning the Dubai Sevens last week, they beat their rivals New Zealand 26-17 in the final at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth.
In front of 36,000 people, South Africa responded in style to an early lead by New Zealand. Tries by Philip Snyman and speedster Cecil Africa in the first half secured a 12-5 lead.
In the second half, Seabelo Senatala grabbed another opportunity to extend the lead. Two more All Blacks Sevens tries by Webber and Smith weren’t enough to beat the BlitzBokke.
In the other competitions USA secured a surprising 21-14 win over Fiji to secure the Plate trophy, Canada defeated Kenya 24-5 in the Bowl final and Portugal beat Samoa 19-14 in the Shield final.
South Africa claimed the title the Dubai Sevens after beating Australia 33-7 in the final.
At the second stage of the IRB World Series, the Blitzbokke were in superb form, conceding only one try in the final. Earlier in the quarterfinals they convincingly beat Argentina 40-0 following by another class performance against series champion New Zealand with a 28-0 success in the semifinals.
Australia booked their spot in the final after a close 29-24 win over Fiji 29-24 in extra time. They rallied from 19-0 down, then 24-12 behind, to draw with Fiji 24-24 and force extra time. There, they produced the winning try through Greg Jeloudev.
South Africa progress into their home tournament next weekend in Port Elizabeth, second in the standings, two points behind Fiji.
Argentina defeated Scotland 26-12 in the Plate final after beating an injury-depleted England side 21-19. Scotland made it into the Plate final thanks to two tries by Colin Gregor beating Wales 31-7.
Samoa won the Bowl defeating France 31-21. Earlier, Samoa scored three tries to two, in their 19-14 semi final win over Portugal, while France defeated the USA 24-15.
Canada defeated Kenya 19-12 in the Shield final scoring three tries to two, including a double by Justin Douglas. Andrew Amonde and Leonard Mugaisi crossed for Kenya.
The 25-year-old was the top points-scorer in the 2013/14 IRB Sevens Series. Mitchell gave his captains-debut earlier this year in at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas.
He was born in Cuckfield (West Sussex), schooled at the Worth School in West Sussex. Mitchell graduated with a BA in English and Philosophy from Bristol University before going to Oxford to study Historical Studies. Watch how Tom Mitchell made it from school level to the international stage.